The Dark Side of Oz


"Home, home again. I like to be here when I can." -- Pink Floyd in Dark Side of the Moon

"There's no place like home." -- Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz

I was Instant Messaging with my cousin Andrew last night while my wife was watching American Idol. (Okay, I confess, I was half-watching it too.) He's the co-host of The Gecaj and Giggens Power Hour radio show and he asked me why I didn't write about music on my blog. So I told him I'd write about the synchonization of the greatest album of all time, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, and one of the greatest movies of all time, The Wizard of Oz.

You've heard about it: mute the 1939 cinema classic and play the Pink Floyd album as the alternate soundtrack. To get the timing right, start the album as the MGM lion roars for the third time. Some stop when the album ends but I like to loop it so it plays again until the movie concludes -- the synchronicity is even better the second time around, with the ending perfect as Dorothy finds herself "home again."

Whether it's intentional or just a coincidence, it's still pretty cool.

Wikipedia has a nice summary and so does SynchonicityArkive.com, but my favorite is at EverWonder.com. You can also find sample video clips by fans at various places online but the synchronization isn't always right. Best to try it on your own.

It's a great experiment to see how content can have its message enhanced or even changed by substituting different audio. Or it's just a trippy diversion for a rainy day or when you have some friends over.

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