"Monsieur Rene Magritte," dir. Adrian Maben, 1978, feat Roger Waters

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In an earlier thread, Boing Boing commenter "complicatedcrustation" wrote about a late-seventies documentary on the Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte, which features appropriately gloomy and trippy incidental music composed and performed by Pink Floyd's Roger Waters.

"Xeni, if you are hankering for your fix of 'early to mid-era Pink Floyd oddities' then I recommend the soundtrack to Adrian Maben's short documentary on Rene Magritte which features tons of odd sounds Roger Waters would later use in major works by Pink Floyd," BB reader complicatedcrustation says. "It sounds as if he is just mucking about, learning how to use his VC3 synth. It is wonderful!"

And that it is.

It's available on Amazon, too. From what I can tell through a quick Google, the film was originally released as "Portrait of an Artist, Volume 11: Rene Magritte."


  1. So those huge flowers on old wallpaper were hand-painted? I wonder how that worked. That might explain my grandmother’s otherwise inexplicable predilection for those wallpapers, which make rooms look small imo.

    Edit: And the other music is by Bartok! A piano teacher once explained to me why Bartok is really interesting and figured out a lot of jazz stuff before jazz. Wish I remembered all that. Still, beautiful!

    1. I bet that Bartok is one of the more distinguished composers he has been in the company of, most of his band didn’t do so well in that area :)

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