Nick Mason’s childhood home for sale

Posted May 29, 2014 by Floydian Slip

nick-houseThe childhood home of Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is for sale.

The five-bedroom, two-bath West Sussex villa includes a separate cottage, boasts views of Chichester Harbour and is listed for £2.75 million (US $4.6 million).

Mason sold the property in 1985.

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Nick Mason to host charity event at his home

Posted April 17, 2014 by Floydian Slip

mason_charityPink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and his wife, Annette, will host a charity auction at their Corsham, Wiltshire, home June 21 and 22.

The event will benefit Springboard Opportunity Group in Chippenham and the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust.

“We wanted to support two different charities who impact on the lives of folk locally,” Nick says. “We thought about one for the elderly and one for the young.”

He’ll bake a cake to be auctioned.

“Nick is an excellent cook and often creates wonderful diner parties for our friends,” Annette says. “When his daughters and sons are home, he still makes a special biscuit with a secret recipe which I know includes Mars Bars.”

The couple’s home was once owned by the Duchess of Cornwall (pictured with the Masons at last year’s event).

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Nick Mason discovers lost Floyd film

Posted January 27, 2014 by Floydian Slip

early-floydThe Daily Mirror reports Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has unearthed never-before-seen film of the band.

He discovered the black and white footage while researching archival material to be used for exhibitions about the band.

It shows band members Mason, David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Rick Wright and Syd Barrett backstage at some early gigs in the late-’60s

“There are some unseen bits and pieces,” Mason explains. “We have got a bit of backstage black and white footage — 8mm film — that we took ourselves.”

No word on when or how the footage might be made public.

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Signed Pink Floyd artwork to benefit charity

Posted January 9, 2014 by Floydian Slip

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has signed 10 limited edition prints, which are being sold to benefit charity.

Digital Artist Tim Wakefield uses soundwaves as templates to create some pretty far out artwork. His Pink Floyd piece is title “Careful with That Axe, Eugene,” inspired by the 1968 song of the same name. The number was originally released as the B-side to the “Point Me at the Sky” single, and later appeared on the 1971 “Relics” compilation.

Ten prints of his Floyd piece, signed by Mason, along with works inspired by Alice Cooper, Kate Bush, Queen, Eric Clapton and many others are being sold at the Indiegogo site.

Sales of the prints benefit the War Child’s Children of Syria Appeal, which will create safe havens in Syrian refugee camps to help protect children affected by the conflict.

The Floyd piece is 40″ x 40″ and goes for $1,000.

Learn more at Indigogo.

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Nick Mason releases drum sample library

Posted November 15, 2013 by Floydian Slip

Want to play drums like Nick Mason? Sorry, we can’t help you.

But a new sample library from the Pink Floyd drummer can at least help you sound like him.

Mason’s created a sample library of his custom Ludwig “Black Kit” that promises to deliver a virtual recreation of the kit to be played with any MIDI keyboard or e-drum setup.

The sample library comes in FXPansion’s BFD2 format and includes mic channels that can be mixed for what’s being described by publisher Sonic Reality as “full album quality, vintage ’70s drums.”

The recording sessions for the samples were produced by Alan Parsons (“The Dark Side of the Moon”) using the same EMI mixing console Floyd did in the ’70s.

You can buy Nick Mason Drums online for $69/£43.

(Pictured, from left: Parsons, Sonic Reality’s Dave Kerzner, and Mason)

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Dark Side-inspired radio play to premiere Aug. 26

Posted August 7, 2013 by Floydian Slip

“Darkside,” a radio drama by noted playwright Tom Stoppard (center) inspired by Pink Floyd’s 1973 “The Dark Side of the Moon,” will premiere on BBC Radio 2 on Monday, Aug. 26 at 10 p.m.

The production, commissioned by the BBC, was recently previewed for an invite-only audience of dignitaries, including Floyd drummer Nick Mason, at a BBC “happening.” Attendees donned headphones and were treated to a simultaneous light show.

“I love it,” Mason told The Independent. “But I’m tempted to text Tom and tell him it’s really great — but there was a lot of actors talking over the music.”

Stoppard’s first major success was “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” in 1966. He also wrote “Shakespeare in Love,” “Arcadia” and “The Real Thing.” His play “Rock ‘n Roll” drew inspiration from the life of Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett.

Read details about “Darkside” at The Independent website.

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Ron Geesin to publish book about “Atom Heart Mother”

Posted February 10, 2013 by Floydian Slip

This summer, avante garde composer and Pink Floyd collaborator Ron Geesin will publish “The Flaming Cow,” a book about his experience putting together Pink Floyd’s “Atom Heart Mother Suite” in 1970.

Press for the book promises “a rare insight into the brilliant but often fraught collaboration” among Geesin and members of the Floyd, as well as unpublished photographs from the Abbey Road recording sessions and performances in London and Paris.

Geesin was our guest on “Floydian Slip” in November 2010. You can hear the interview and read a transcript online.

Floyd drummer Nick Mason provided an introduction to the book, which will be published July 17.

Buy The Flaming Cow from Independent Publishers Group

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Happy birthday, Nick

Posted January 27, 2013 by Floydian Slip

Happy birthday to Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, who turns 69 today.

This week’s “Floydian Slip” includes a number of selections focused on Nick, one of the more visible members of Pink Floyd in recent years, and the band’s unofficial historian.

Shine on, Nick!

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Nick Mason steps in to save music shop

Posted December 20, 2012 by Floydian Slip

Nick Mason has stepped in to save Foote’s, the Bloomsbury, London, music shop where the Pink Floyd drummer purchased his first drum kit.

Mason bought his first kit from Foote’s for £7.50 in 1958, and the shop has apparently held a soft spot in his heart ever since.

The story and video posted by The Telegraph doesn’t reveal Mason’s specific financial stake in the business.

Mason is seen in the video quipping, “I don’t think I’m going to be behind the counter on a regular basis.”

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Nick Mason receives honorary degree

Posted November 27, 2012 by Floydian Slip

Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from London’s University of Westminster for his contributions to the music industry over the last 50 years.

Westminster was known as Regent Street Polytechnic when Mason enrolled as an architecture student in the 1960s. He met Roger Waters and Rick Wright at the school, and eventually dropped out as the band’s star continued to rise.

“Studying at the Regent Street Polytechnic introduced me to some of the key people and biggest collaborators in my career, many of whom I have been lucky enough to work with over the last 40 years,” Mason says.

“Three of Pink Floyd met there so in essence we were formed under the roof of the Polytechnic; we rehearsed in the common room in the basement and made some of our first performances there.

“Not only did studying architecture teach us some useful stuff, but it also gave us an opportunity to develop and put us in touch with some fantastic mentors and industry contacts that have helped us along the way.”

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