Main Theme

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This article is about the Pink Floyd song. For themes in general, see Theme (music).
"Main Theme"
Single by Pink Floyd
from the album Soundtrack from the Film More
A-side "The Nile Song"
(Japan) [1]
Released 27 July 1969
Format 7"
Recorded March 1969
Genre Psychedelic rock, space rock, instrumental rock
Length 5:20
Label Columbia Records
Writer(s) Roger Waters, Richard Wright, David Gilmour, Nick Mason
Producer(s) Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd singles chronology
"The Nile Song" / "Ibiza Bar"
"Main Theme"
"Summer '68"
Soundtrack from the Film More track listing

"Main Theme" is an instrumental track by English progressive rock band Pink Floyd on their third album, Soundtrack from the Film More.[2][3]


The piece was performed live only a few times during the 1970 Pink Floyd tour; some notable differences from the studio version include being longer in length, some small screams from Roger Waters, a notable key change, and a David Gilmour solo played with a slide, before returning to its original key and theme at its ending.

The track is played at the beginning of the film, when Stefan is waiting for someone to pick him up along a road to Paris.


The track begins with a panning gong that lasts as a drone sound for the whole piece; at 0:30 the Farfisa organ starts a progression of modal chords, that fades at 1:12 into a drum-bass iterative sequence, similar to, but slower than, the one featured at the opening of "Let There Be More Light". The organ played through a wah-wah pedal (1:20) plays a progression of background notes over the drum-bass line, while the untreated organ plays the main melodic notes (2:10). The slide guitar plays from the middle of the piece onward.


The song has been covered in 1977 by French group Rosebud with an electro-funky style. It is available on their Discoballs album among other Pink Floyd covers.[4]



  1. ^ "The Official Site". Pink Floyd. 
  2. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1177. ISBN 1-84195-551-5. 
  3. ^ Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X. 
  4. ^ Rosebud — Discoballs, Discogs.

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