Pink Floyd feature vanishing Aral Sea in new music vid12 november 2014, 20:56
Famous psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd have released a promo video “Louder than Words”, featuring the dying Aral Sea and the Kazakh villagers still hoping for the sea to return some day, Tengrinews reports.
The video was uploaded on Youtube on November 7.
The main characters are played by the local Kazakh villagers who dream of the revival of the sea. These is only grandfather’s stories that keep the memory of the sea alive. But the people do not lose hope. The desert may have replaced the splashing waves but the children playing around rusted ships must be thinking: the sea will return. Some day.
The music video was made by British production company Hipgnosis that has been worked with Pink Floyd for more than 40 years. The team of four people led by director Aubrey Powell was assisted in Kazakhstan by Kochegary Studio.
Powell said that the problem of the Aral Sea was a good example of how human actions speak louder than words. "It is more important what you do than what you say. The message of the video concerns the Aral Sea. We touched on environmental issues.We shot wonderful, beautiful shots of the sea, ships at a pier. In the video we want to say: "Let's bring back the sea”. That is we hope that it will come back," Powell said earlier in an interview to Tengrinews.
The Aral Sea used to be the fourth largest lake in the world. But a Soviet plan to turn desert in Central Asia into green fields has led to devastating consequences. In the 1960s, when the Soviet Union decided to irrigate fields in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan with the waters from two big rivers of Central Asia - Amu Darya and Syr Darya - the Aral Sea began to recede.
Eventually, the blue vastness of the sea was replaced with a brown and gray desert of salt and dust. This NASA image shows that the bigger part of the Aral Sea has completely disappeared.
Nevertheless, the music video director said that the spirit of the video was mostly positive.
"We wanted to show that maybe we can help bring back the sea. When bad things happen in our lives, one can find something good in them too. It is not necessary to see everything in a bad light. The message of the video is primarily positive," he said.
“Louder than Words” is a song included into the last official album of the group, The Endless River, released on November 10. The album is a tribute to Richard Wright, who passed away in 2008, and contains recording sessions of 1993-1994 when Pink Floyd produced The Division Bell.
By Dinara Urazova