The artwork of Cluster One
contains a number of elements. Most of them were discussed during this
analysis. I will summarize the observations and thought here, trying them
to link with earlier ideas. If you want to investigate and compare the
artwork from the US and UK CD, go to the artwork
The three dots
The matter of the three dots
A binary code
The three dots could represent
a number of things. One of them is a binary code. In that case they
should be read as either 101(5) or 010(2). For the '101' there were
two ideas (without 'evidence). Room 101 could be a reference to Orwell's
1984. Furthermore, their appeared to be a famous airship R101.
brown's summary he already noticed the possibility that the three
dots are morse code. In Morse code, the three dots can be taken at dot,dash,dot,
or as dash, dot, dash. Respectively this would be e,t,e or t,e,t also,
the letter R is represented by a dot,dash,dot. Also the letter K is
represented by a dash, dot, dash. It might refer to Radio Kaos, (RK)
This album is about a guy who cannot talk and is confined to a wheelchair.
The situation of Billy is similar to that of like Stephen Hawking, who
is talking in KT. Also, KAOS was painted on a section of the Berlin
Wall, before it was torn down. It is on a poster entitled "Kings
of Freedom". Incidently, the O in KAOS, on the Berlin Wall, has
a dot in the middle of it, like the target eyes.
Because the artwork depicts
tools that are used for the purposes of astronomy, could these three
dots simply just mean new moon, full moon, new moon. They look just
like the moon cylce pictures that are seen on calendars and in diaries.
Furthermore, the new moon is the phase when we see the "dark"
side of the moon! That is, when the moon is in the same direction as
the sun, the side facing us is lit only dimly by light reflected from
The three dots resemble disassembled
targets from the cover. These targets/eyes are also made of three circles.
A red one inside a white one inside another red one. The center red
one is filled in. the other two are not; they are hollow, like the three
dots in CO; hollow, filled in, hollow. So the three dots are connected
to the faces.
Looking at the dots in a
different way, the two void dots resemble remind me to the eyes (the
void of the look). The second dot (full-important) can be seen as the
communication between the faces, but also as the mind (thinking) of
the third face. The dots are between the division bell and cluster one,
between the group and the division. So are they related to the division
of the group, maybe the cause (or the way).
The three dots are probably
not a page number. Pagenumbers are consistently placed inside heads
in the rest of the album.
The little "P" symbol
with the little bitty underline, all within a white circle, is only located
on this one page, next to the title of CO. It shows up nowhere else in
the US Columbia, UK EMI CD booklet and it is also on the Columbia (USA)
cassette art, on the back cover and on the panel that has the lyrics to
WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME. It is called the boatman. The original theme
of the TDB album is said to be going to do with boatman. Some people see
it as an S and b (Syd Barret) joined together or ST (with T up-side-down)
for Storm Thorgerson. Others think it looks like a P, for Publius. This
symbol is on the sides of the balloons in the High Hopes video as well
as another symbol, made of three horizontal lines and one vertical, referred
to as a secret message. This three line symbol could well be the E of
Another thing is the reoccurrence
of boats and water. The start of a Momentary lapse of reason starts with
a rowing boat. And there is a picture with a man in a rowingboat. Are
these symbols a link to aMLoR?. Also, the mirror ball seems to have two
heads and, if you wan to, a boat can be seen in the middle.
Pink Floyd have used Greek
myths in Ummagumma. One of the songs is called Sysyphus, which is normally
spelled as Sisyphus). Somewhere in the story, Sisyphus meets the 'boatsman'
Charon. There are also nebula's called after both Sysyphus and Charon
which might link the boatsman to the observatoria.
When a person dies, Hermes,
the messenger of the gods, comes for his soul and leads it to the underworld
entrance. There, the soul encounters Charon, an old blind man who operates
the only ferry across the Acheron (River of Woe).
Geographically, the underworld
is surrounded by a series of rivers: The Acheron (river of woe), The
Cocytus (river of lamentation), The Phlegethon (river of fire), The
Styx (river of unbreakable oath by which the gods swear), and The Lethe
(river of forgetfulness). Once across the rivers an adamantine gate,
guarded by Cerberus, forms the entrance to the kingdom. Deep within
the kingdom is Hades vast palace, complete with many guests.
who can pay Charon's fee (a single coin called an "obol")
are ferried across the river and landed at a gate, which is guarded
by the three-headed dog Cerberus. A lousy watchdog, Cerberus lets anyone
enter the kingdom, but permits none to leave.
Once inside the underworld,
the soul must appear before a panel of three judges. Those who have
been very good, go to the Elysian Fields, a glorious place. Most
of the others languish in the underworld until they waste away to nothingness.
A few, however, are singled out for "special" punishment.
Notable among these are Sisyphus and Tantalus
Sisyphus was founder
and king of Corinth, or Ephyra as it was called in those days. He was
notorious as the most cunning knave on earth. His greatest triumph came
at the end of his life, when the god Hades came to claim him personally
for the kingdom of the dead. Hades had brought along a pair of handcuffs,
a comparative novelty, and Sisyphus expressed such an interest that
Hades was persuaded to demonstrate their use - on himself.
And so it came about that the high lord of the Underworld was kept locked
up in a closet at Sisyphus's house for many a day, a circumstance which
put the great chain of being seriously out of whack. Nobody could die.
A soldier might be chopped to bits in battle and still show up at camp
for dinner. Finally Hades was released and Sisyphus was ordered summarily
to report to the Underworld for his eternal assignment. But the wily
one had another trick up his sleeve.
He simply told his wife not
to bury him and then complained to Persephone, Queen of the Dead, that
he had not been accorded the proper funeral honors. What's more, as
an unburied corpse he had no business on the far side of the river Styx
at all - his wife hadn't placed a coin under his tongue to secure passage
with Charon the ferryman. Surely her highness could see that
Sisyphus must be given leave to journey back topside and put things
Kindly Persephone assented,
and Sisyphus made his way back to the sunshine, where he promptly forgot
all about funerals and such drab affairs and lived on in dissipation
for another good stretch of time. But even this paramount trickster
could only postpone the inevitable. Eventually he was hauled down to
Hades, where his indiscretions caught up with him. For a crime against
the gods - the specifics of which are variously reported - he was condemned
to an eternity at hard labor. And frustrating labor at that. For his
assignment was to roll a great boulder to the top of a hill. Only every
time Sisyphus, by the greatest of exertion and toil, attained the summit,
the darn thing rolled back down again.
This page number is written
in Spanish, meaning three (it is also on page 3), and the page number
head is facing SOUTH (down).The question is why page three's page number
is in Spanish. Most likely this is because the observatories on these
two pages are in Chili, where they speak Spanish.
What is the significance of
an observatory? Why is it placed on the page for this particular song?
Why this particular observatory? Note that in the picture (UK version)
there are two very close together and one setting off the the left, away
from the other two. Furthermore, there appears to be a fifth one. We can
only see the shadow of it. So it's present, but also absent. In the US
version we can see three and the same shadow of a fourth one. If you add
up the visible observatories in the UK CD and the three observatories
on the US CD you get seven. There are, as yet, no ideas whether this means
A tripod, as suggested, is
always used to bring a machine used to observe. As we look at the picture
we could suggest this could be a tripod for a telescope. Yet another 'absence',
the absence of another more umile machine to observe.
Some claim that you can hear
bits and pieces from early Floyd material in Cluster One. Specifically,
what I hear is a seeming intro or prelude type thing to Shine One You
Crazy Diamond about 4:30 into Cluster One - up to the electronic drum
part. If I didn't know Shine On were not about to be played, one would
think D. Gilmour was about to go into that song at that point in Cluster
The noises in the beginning
are called earthsounds or VLF (very low frequency) and ELF (extremely
low frequency). Samples of these sounds for download, and some technical
info, can be found at http://www.triax.com/vlfradio/natradio.htm
ELF type equipment is also used by paraphychologists looking for ghosts
The ELF/VLF part at the beginning
sounds like it's intermixed with modem connecting via phone line type
sounds (what techies call "handshaking signals" between a personnal
computer and an ISP). This would give us a link between Cluster One and
the Communication them.
Some people also hear some
high frequencies sounds at low volume during the song. It sounds like
4 or 5 high frequencies tones repeating. If you look at the FFT of the
song, you can see theses sounds as straight lines between 8KHz and 11KHz
(not so high). These sounds resemble the sounds of a so-called "brainwave
generator". There is a downloadable brainwave generator, with some
descriptive notes: http://www.bwgen.com/
These latter sounds, however, are due to the difference between left and
right channel frequencies, so they shouldn't be heard. Furthermore, if
PF wanted to relax the listener, they should have used low frequencies
sounds, not high ones. So why are there different and relatively clean
high frequency sinusoidal sounds?