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Dark Side of the Moon: Full Dome Experience

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For three nights across January and February, the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium will be presenting Pink Floyd's groundbreaking album, Dark Side of the Moon in a special sound and light show that takes full use of the planetarium. Dark Side of the Moon: Full Dome Experience is created by Starlight Productions, and is an audio visual experience that combines music with astronomy. It has toured planetariums around the world, including a string of shows at the Glasgow Science Centre in 2017 that each sold out within hours.

Pink Floyd's album, Dark Side of the Moon, was released over 40 years ago in 1973. The album was a seminal piece of work, making use of multitrack recordings, tape loops, analogue synthesisers as well as philosophical quotes and recorded interviews being used on various tracks. The album juxtaposes dark with light, good with evil and the sun with the moon, dealing with themes of conflict, greed, time as well as mental illness.

So many of Pink Floyd albums were more than just recorded music, with each album being part of a larger experience. So it's no wonder that the album works so well as part of this planetary experience. The Planetarium experience is unlike a regular theatre. The cinema-like seats allow you to lie back and the screen is a 360 dome positioned above the audiences head. It's a way to experience the vastness of space, but it also provides mesmerising viewing of other shows.

Before the show, there will be a 15 minute live show presented by the science centre's astrophysicists that will showcase some of the Planetarium's usual features.

Tickets are 15 per person. The show is rated PG and audience members must be 16 years or older if they are not accompanied by an adult. Food and drink will be available from the Science Centre's licensed cafe. The show does come with a warning that it may negatively affect people with photosensitive epilepsy, balance disorders and/or extreme motion sickness.

The Winchester Science Centre is located about 14 miles outside of Southampton off the M3 motorway, directions from Winchester can be found on their website.
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Why? Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon get the full planetary treatment
When: January 12th & 19th and February 2nd, 7:30pm
Phone: 01962 863791
Where: The Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium
Cost: 15 per person
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