Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict

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"Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict"
Song by Pink Floyd from the album Ummagumma
Published Lupus Music Ltd.
Released 25 October 1969 (UK)
10 November 1969 (US)
Recorded 2 May 1969
Genre Musique concrète, avant-garde
Length 4:59
Label Harvest Records
Writer Roger Waters
Producer Norman Smith
Ummagumma track listing

"Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict" is a track written and performed by Roger Waters from the two-part 1969 Pink Floyd album, Ummagumma.[1][2]

Sounds and recording[edit]

The track consists of several minutes of noises resembling rodents and birds simulated by Waters' voice and other techniques,[3] such as tapping the microphone played at different speeds, followed by Waters' friend and occasional collaborator Ron Geesin providing a few stanzas of spoken word in an exaggerated Scottish burr.[4]

The Picts were the indigenous people of what is now Scotland who merged with the Scots.

There is a hidden message in the song at approximately 4:32. If played at half speed, Waters can be heard to say, "That was pretty avant-garde, wasn't it?"[5] (About this sound sample ). Also, at the very end of the rant, Waters is heard to say, "Thank you."[citation needed]

A small sample of these effects can also be heard at approximately 4:48 on Waters' other track on Ummagumma; Grantchester Meadows.

"It's not actually anything, it's a bit of concrete poetry. Those were sounds that I made, the voice and the hand slapping were all human generated - no musical instruments."

—Roger Waters ,  University of Regina Carillon Interview, October 1970[6]

Popular culture[edit]

The bulk of the song consists of a variety of tape loops stuck together in different speeds and directions.

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The title of the Man or Astro-man? song "Many Pieces of Large Fuzzy Mammals Gathered Together at a Rave and Schmoozing with a Brick" is based on this song.

Personnel[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1177. ISBN 1-84195-551-5. 
  2. ^ Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus Press. p. 28. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X. 
  3. ^ Manning, Toby (2006). "The Albums". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 161. ISBN 1-84353-575-0. 
  4. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict - Pink Floyd". Rovi Corporation. Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  5. ^ From Abracadabra to Zombies, The Skeptic's Dictionary.
  6. ^ University of Regina Carillon Interview, Pink-Floyd.org.