Pink Floyd Animals Dolby Atmos Coming in May

Pink Floyd, the iconic British rock band, is set to release a Dolby Atmos mix of their critically acclaimed 1977 album, Animals, through Warner Music on May 17.

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This marks the first time the album will be available in the immersive Dolby Atmos format, providing fans with a revolutionary listening experience. The release, titled “Animals 2018 Remix – Dolby Atmos,” will be available on Blu-ray and features the meticulous 2018 remix by the band’s longtime producer, James Guthrie. This remix is not only a technical enhancement but also an artistic reinterpretation, including High-Resolution stereo and 5.1 mixes, in addition to the 1977 original stereo mix. The digital release ensures accessibility for fans across various platforms.

Pink Floyd Animals Dolby Atmos Mix 2024 pack shot
Pink Floyd Animals Dolby Atmos Mix 2024 pack shot

What is Dolby Atmos?

Dolby Atmos, known for its advanced sound technology, elevates the auditory experience by creating a three-dimensional soundscape. This technology allows the listener to be enveloped in music that moves around and above them, offering an unprecedented level of immersion into Pink Floyd’s complex soundscapes.

Moreover, this special edition of “Animals 2018 Remix – Dolby Atmos” comes with new artwork presented in a digipack format. Fans will also appreciate the included 16-page booklet, a sticker, and a postcard, adding collectible value to this release.

What is Animals about?

Originally launched in January 1977, “Animals” is Pink Floyd’s tenth studio album and a standout concept album. Influenced by George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” it offers a scathing critique of the social-political conditions of mid-1970s Britain, categorizing different societal classes as animals. Pigs represent the ruling class, sheep symbolize the mindless masses, and dogs depict business leaders driven by greed and power. This allegorical narrative continues to resonate with audiences, highlighting Pink Floyd’s knack for combining profound thematic content with groundbreaking music.

Recorded at the band’s own Britannia Row Studios in London throughout 1976 and early 1977, “Animals” was self-produced by Pink Floyd, showcasing their artistic autonomy. The album achieved significant commercial success, peaking at number 2 in the UK and number 3 in the US charts.

The previous release of the “Animals 2018 Remix” in September 2022 was met with enthusiasm from fans and critics alike. Available in various formats including CD, LP (featuring gatefold artwork), SACD, and a Deluxe Gatefold edition, the latter offers an expansive package with LP, CD, audio Blu-ray, audio DVD, and a comprehensive 32-page book, making it a must-have for collectors and audiophiles.

This upcoming release in Dolby Atmos is not just a remaster, but a reinvention that promises to bring new life to “Animals,” allowing both longtime fans and new listeners to experience Pink Floyd’s visionary music in a novel and immersive way.

Animals Dolby Atmos New Artwork and Credits

Pink Floyd Animals Dolby Atmos Mix 2024 Cover Art
Pink Floyd Animals Dolby Atmos Mix 2024 Cover Art

The front cover image of the “Animals 2018 Remix – Dolby Atmos” retains the iconic pig floating between two chimneys of the Battersea Power Station, conceived by Roger Waters. However, the artwork has been modernized by Storm Thorgerson’s Hipgnosis partner Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell and Peter Curzon from StormStudios. The updated image reflects the current appearance of the Battersea Power Station, incorporating light projections and modern photography techniques. The projections and graphics were designed by Peter Curzon, with the 2022 projections executed by Pixel Arts and coordinated by Larmac Live.

The tracklist of the album includes “Pigs on the Wing (Part One),” “Dogs,” “Pigs (Three Different Ones),” “Sheep,” and “Pigs on the Wing (Part Two).”

The original engineering was done by Brian Humphries, with the Dolby Atmos file format encoding by TIM CARROLL. The Blu-ray disc design and creation were managed by das boot recording, authored by Joel Plante. Original 1977 cover design coordination was by Hipgnosis/Aubrey Powell/Storm Thorgerson, with the inflatable pig designed by E.R.G. Amsterdam. The 2024 front cover projection concept was by Aubrey Powell/Hipgnosis, inspired by Roger Waters’ original 1977 design.

Pink Floyd Animals Dolby Atmos Mix 2024
Pink Floyd Animals Dolby Atmos Mix 2024

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