Stephen Hawking Contributes Vocals To New Pink Floyd Track

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Pink Floyd has a new album coming out next month called The Endless River, and it's set to feature a Stephen Hawking vocal sample on the track, "Talkin' Hawkin'."


Top image: The cover of "The Endless River" via Pink Floyd.

Floyd fans will remember that this isn't the first time the band has collaborated with Hawking, and it's probably no coincidence that he's making a re-appearance on this one. You see, the new album isn't really a new album per se — it's a re-imagining and re-mixing of material that was recorded during The Division Bell sessions. On that album, Hawking's synthesized voice appeared on the track "Talk to Me." The vocals were sampled from a 1994 British Telecom ad featuring the theoretical physicist.

Pink Floyd: "Talk to Me" (1994).

Some fans are thus speculating that "Talkin' Hawkin'" is a kind of sequel to that track.

As for the album itself, there will be no contribution from Roger Waters, who left the band in 1985. Some fans are upset that he's not involved, but he issued an angry statement reaffirming his lack of interest in Pink Floyd, saying: "This is not rocket science people, get a grip."

Keyboardist Richard Wright, who passed away in 2008, is listed as writer or co-writer for 12 tracks and David Gilmour sings lead vocals on "Louder Than Words" and backing vocals on three other tracks. In addition, UK-based electronic string quartet Escala is featured on "Louder Than Words."

The Endless River — the band's first album in 20 years — is set to be released by Columbia Records on November 10th. We don't have a sample of the "Talkin' Hawkin'" track, but here's a quick 30-second teaser of what the new album is going to sound like:

[Via Consequence of Sound]




Just an opinion but I think Hawking's vocals tend to be robotic and lacking in human warmth.