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Set The Controls recreating the Music of Pink Floyd

June 24, 2011 | 12 am

It's been a brief but bright and successful two years for Set the Controls (formerly Eclipse). The band performed a debut event in September 2008 in Nashville and immediately garnered praise from fans and critics for their spot on renditions of Pink Floyd's catalog. Within a few months, Set the Controls was touring extensively, playing large venues, college towns and theaters from coast to coast.

With eyes closed, one would swear they were listening to the real Pink Floyd, complete with lushly layered vocals and perfect fills of guitars, keyboards, saxophones and drums. Set the Controls uses both vintage and modern equipment to ensure as close a representation as possible of the sounds from Floyd's classic albums.

"I think reverence is more of a common denominator than a distinction among tribute bands." says guitarist Tod Weidner from his home in Ohio. "What casts Set the Controls apart is respect for the craftsmanship of the songs. We're a six-piece band. We utilize three guitarists, a 5-piece vintage and modern keyboard rig, multi-instrumental saxophonist and six accomplished vocalists to capture and recreate the dense textures that have made Pink Floyd's music so enduring. All the members of Set the Controls are professional musicians, all involved in original projects of their own, and it's precisely this energy and hunger associated with the creation of original music that helps us deliver Pink Floyd with such accuracy and passion."