Music from The Body

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Music from The Body
Roger Waters The Body.jpg
Soundtrack album by
Released28 November 1970
RecordedJanuary–March, August–September 1970
GenreExperimental music, Biomusic, Psychedelic folk
LabelHarvest (UK)
Import Records (USA)
Restless Retro (1990 CD reissue)
ProducerRon Geesin, Roger Waters
Roger Waters chronology
Music from The Body
The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
Roger Waters soundtrack chronology
Music from The Body
Monsieur René Magritte
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[2]

Music from The Body is the soundtrack album to Roy Battersby's 1970 documentary film The Body,[3] about human biology, narrated by Vanessa Redgrave and Frank Finlay.


The music was composed in collaboration between Pink Floyd member Roger Waters and Ron Geesin, the same year they worked together on Atom Heart Mother[3] and employs biomusic, including sounds made by the human body (slaps, breathing, laughing, whispering, flatulence, etc.),[3] in addition to more traditional guitar, piano and stringed instruments. The album's final track, "Give Birth to a Smile", features all four members of Pink Floyd, plus Geesin on piano, although David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright are uncredited.[3]

The child heard on opening track is Ron's son Joe Geesin.

The LP features a different track listing to the original film soundtrack, and a 3 sided acetate does exist of the full version[citation needed]. The cover of the album features a Transparent Anatomical Manikin (TAM).[4]

Waters would not release another album outside of Pink Floyd until 1984's The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ron Geesin, except where noted:[3]

Side One

  1. "Our Song" (Geesin/Waters) – 1:24
  2. "Sea Shell and Stone" (Waters) – 2:17
  3. "Red Stuff Writhe" – 1:11
  4. "A Gentle Breeze Blew Through Life" – 1:19
  5. "Lick Your Partners" – 0:35
  6. "Bridge Passage for Three Plastic Teeth" – 0:35
  7. "Chain of Life" (Waters) – 3:59
  8. "The Womb Bit" (Geesin/Waters) – 2:06
  9. "Embryo Thought" – 0:39
  10. "March Past of the Embryos" – 1:08
  11. "More Than Seven Dwarfs in Penis-Land" – 2:03
  12. "Dance of the Red Corpuscles" – 2:04

Side Two

  1. "Body Transport" (Geesin/Waters) – 3:16
  2. "Hand Dance — Full Evening Dress" – 1:01
  3. "Breathe" (Waters) – 2:53
  4. "Old Folks Ascension" – 3:47
  5. "Bed-Time-Dream-Clime" – 2:02
  6. "Piddle in Perspex" – 0:57
  7. "Embryonic Womb-Walk" – 1:14
  8. "Mrs. Throat Goes Walking" – 2:05
  9. "Sea Shell and Soft Stone" (Geesin/Waters) – 2:05
  10. "Give Birth to a Smile" (Waters) – 2:49



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Cross, Charles R. (2004). "Roger Waters". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 864. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X.
  4. ^ Transparent Women. Retrieved on 2011-06-23.

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