It’s an irrefutable fact that Ibiza has influenced the evolution of music in the twentieth century, particularly through bands and artists from the 60’s and 70’s. One distinctive influence took place in both Ibiza and Formentera, the islands played a huge role in the transformation of one of the most important rock groups in history: Pink Floyd. The energy, inspiration and experiences found on the islands shaped the style of the band and helped mark the final rift of Syd Barrett, the wounded soul of the band.

Pink Floyd’s relationship with the Pine Islands began in 1967 when Roger Waters, Syd Barrett and their girlfriends visited Formentera via an invite from Hank Wangford (the eccentric British physician and country singer). The crush was instant, the hippie movement was at its peak and the tranquillity that passed through the islands inspired them, giving them a peace they couldn’t find in their lives as emerging rock stars. At that time, Roger continued with his obsession for success whilst Syd started to shift away from reality, with the band plunging into a spiral of excesses.

The positivity the had experienced resulted in their return to Formentera the following year in 1968, this time accompanied by Aubrey “Po” Powell and Storm Thorgerson (Hipgnosis founders and leaders in the artistic direction of Pink Floyd) and David Gilmour, who had recently joined the band as guitarist and more increasingly lead singer, due to the frequent absences of Syd.

During the gatherings of that time, in amongst the endless evenings, thick smoke, music and convergence of art, a young filmmaker with a script in his head, Barbet Schroeder, hit and experimented with the band. These experiments evolved to become the substance of the film More and the first touchdown of Pink Floyd with the seventh art. No doubt the key to their career, the time when the musical style and inspiration that lead them to be the group’s most important rock world was forged time. Roger Waters and David Gilmour’s bond narrowed, becoming the engine of the band, and for the first time they had an opportunity to be exclusive producers of an album, which gave them total creative freedom.

More has become a cult film, a stark vision during an era of hope, a drama that examines the different aspects of drugs, sex and violence. Set between a grey Paris and the colourful life in the communes of Ibiza, More has been considered a precursor to the film Trainspotting. More also offers a great opportunity to enjoy nostalgic images of the island in the late 60’s.

The soundtrack marks a before and after in the working-sound mode of Pink Floyd. The album retains its taste in melodic psychedelia, whilst influences of Roger Waters and David Gilmour appear in the overwhelming first notes of the guitar solos. Thirteen songs inspired, designed and developed at the Pitiusas, among them are the likes of “Cymbaline”, “The Nile Song” and “Ibiza Bar. It was not the best-selling album, or the highest of quality, however it served as a turning point that changed the fate of the band, shaping its future.

So there it is, Ibiza and Formentera’s influence on rock history, in this instance it was the ability to provide an energetic surrounding and atmosphere which led to the development and muse of the sound of Pink Floyd. If you want to feel the energy of Pink Floyd we recommend you listen to the legendary song “Echoes” on the cliffs of La Mola Lighthouse, the place where David Gilmour sought inspiration to compose the work of art.more3

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