September 9, 2013 – 4:27 am

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Darkside [no label, 1CD]

Live on BBC Radio 2, August 26, 2013. Excellent satellite radio.

“A new drama from legendary playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon… Sir Tom Stoppard was first approached with the suggestion of writing a play based on the album by a friend in 1973. Now, 40 years later, he’s created a fantastical story about fear, philosophy and madness, which is woven together with the original music.” - BBC Radio 2

Thanks to Neonknight who recorded and shared the show at

Neonknight noted:

“After demuxing the TS, I bloated the MP2 to a 16bit 48kHz flac in Audacity so I could trim the ends without increasing the sound quality loss through additional resampling. I expect there was a better method but was reasonably satisfied with the file size so didn’t keep looking.”

Humax Foxsat-HDR (freesat) > TS file (audio: MP2 192kbps/48kHz) > Project-X_0.91.0 > MP2 192kbps/48kHz > Audacity 2.0.3 > Normalise and export to FLAC 16bit/48kHz

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Track 01. Tom Stoppard - Darkside - Part 01 (Introduction)
Track 02. Tom Stoppard - Darkside - Part 02
Track 03. Tom Stoppard - Darkside - Part 03
Track 04. Tom Stoppard - Darkside - Part 04
Track 05. Tom Stoppard - Darkside - Part 05
Track 06. Tom Stoppard - Darkside - Part 06
Track 07. Tom Stoppard - Darkside - Part 07
TT: 55 mins 28 secs

With Rufus Sewell, Iwan Rheon, Amaka Okafor and Bill Nighy.

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  1. 19 Responses to “TOM STOPPARD - DARKSIDE, BBC 2013”

  2. Nice one, BigO! Thanks!!

    By eponymus on Sep 9, 2013

  3. Darkside is an apt name of this religious atheist (atheism practiced religiously) play. Track 07 opens with a mathematical impossibility, even given 5 billion years. A “simple” paramecium has a motor that powers its tail at thousands of rpm that required a lot of parts that each had to come into being simultaneously. Funny how they feel the need to clothe it in a blasphemy of the Biblical creation story. The scientist clutches a handful of dirt and says that man can create life. God says “No, first you go get your own dirt.” A “roomful of monkeys” typing on paper analogy fails because nature does not lock onto each idea and keeps it around like those pieces of paper. Nature discards immediately. There is no species-changing, dna proves that A poodle is a dog, so is a great dane. A dog is never a cat. If evolution worked in the past, why isn’t it working now? You should be seeing halfdog/halfcats. You can have ligers. Half lion, half tiger. Newsflash, they’re both variations of cats, and belong to the same gene pool. That’s what makes them a species. It takes amazing faith to believe in Darwin.

    By 5yrsnojob on Sep 9, 2013

  4. Okay, there’s my bi-decade Christian rant. For the more astute, I was presenting microevolution (changes within a species) which is doable; versus macroevolution (Darwin view of changes between species and spontaneous new species) which is not doable within nature. Now whether a scientist can “monkey” around with it…LOL

    By 5yrsnojob on Sep 9, 2013

  5. don’t know what happened to my first comment. i’m trying to find a free program that will burn any format of at this. could someone help?

    By videoguy2 on Sep 9, 2013

  6. 5years , while we are all free to speak it puzzles me to no end to think that a higher power would have created people like idi amin, hitler, jeffrey dahmer, john wayne gacy, paul bernardo, etc…it is a lot easier for me to believe they evolved .

    By dropkick sarge on Sep 9, 2013

  7. dropkick sarge the clue is in your statement. we are all free to speak - and God went also so far as free to do. He didn’t create robots, he gave us free will. You can’t love without free will. He wanted us capable to truly love others and to truly love Him. Those people did what they did out of free will. He felt that love was worth the pain. Even when He had to die too to make it work.

    By 5yrsnojob on Sep 9, 2013

  8. whatever…

    By dropkick sarge on Sep 9, 2013

  9. 5years; I know quite a few christians. I myself was brought up as one. When we were kids, our parents/priests/ministers, depending on the particular branch of the faith, told us that god made us. We were then told if we were good, then we would spend eternity in paradise, but if we were bad, then we would burn in eternal pain in hell.
    Telling that to kids doesn’t allow them to use any free will they might have been born with, it’s indoctrination through fear.
    I wonder if god agrees with that? Would he be proud of the way this religion is taught? It doesn’t sit well with the image of a compassionate and infinitely wise god which christianity teaches. At the very least, kids are deprived of the free will which you say god gives us.

    By Charlie Darwin on Sep 10, 2013

  10. Thanks for this, bigO.

    @ 5years, Quote: “A “simple” paramecium has a motor that powers its tail at thousands of rpm that required a lot of parts that each had to come into being simultaneously.”

    Actually, it didn’t have to happen simultaneously. Nothing “spontaneous” about it at all.

    That’s where the millions and billions of years comes in.

    Evolution continues. It simply happens at a rate so slow (for most things) that thousands of generations pass.

    Your answer requires a supernatural being whose existence you will not/cannot explain. But that’s ok, because the bible told you and you “believe” it.

    Science does not require faith at all and scientists freely admit that they do not have all the answers.

    Religion starts with the premise that everything knowable is already known.

    Guess your “god” has a higher plan for you. Obviously, a job is not part of it.

    By NAMoosedog on Sep 10, 2013

  11. I was also raised as a christian, and I was taught the same thing. I believe some of us have a Conscience, and some don’t. I could never imagine taking another person’s life knowing the pain it would cause them and their family, but to some people it doesn’t seem to bother them. I have friends that are atheist, or agnostic and they feel the same way I feel. To make a long story short, probably to late but…I consider myself a Christian but I don’t choose to lead a life of crime because I am afraid of going to hell, I just know it’s wrong.

    By blue moon on Sep 10, 2013


    By barth on Sep 10, 2013

  13. see , people can`t agree, so how do we expect countries to agree.
    Religion has no place running countries or lives.

    By dogma cat on Sep 10, 2013

  14. science can’t ‘explain’ everything and never will.

    there will never be peace in the middle east either

    By pure drivel swill on Sep 10, 2013

  15. The history of the world is the history of violence.

    The history of violence is the history of religion.

    By kingpossum on Sep 10, 2013

  16. Brilliant!!!!!!!

    By Rochacrimson on Sep 13, 2013

  17. hey 5 years ,your statement is a good reason to bring up russell`s teapot.

    “If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.”

    By dogma cat on Sep 16, 2013

  18. Considering that 5yrs has been unemployed since his hero George W. trashed the economy and he blames it on Obama, his “thoughts” on science(i.e. because I don’t see dogs in my neighborhood turning into new species, evolution isn’t happening) should surprise nobody.

    By Innocent Bystander on Sep 17, 2013


    By darth on Oct 11, 2013

  20. Its a shame you can’t get the audio file to go with the album cover you have here any more…but you can get the visual version in full of this play in 480p, its in great quality from here
    this was also available from the same uploader at ThinkFloyd61 channel on Youtube but its not there any more it probably got removed due to copyright but thats where i originally downloaded it…hope this helps your visitors to your blogspot.

    By Slimboy on Dec 9, 2014

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