Dark Side of The Rainbow and Other Musical 'Accidents'
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2013

  • Posted by: Stephen Cardone

One afternoon, somebody in a basement somewhere had the brilliant idea of listening to The Dark Side of The Moon while watching The Wizard of Oz with the sound turned all the way down, only to discover that the two seminal works of art synchronized perfectly. Over the years, the procedure of pairing them has garnered a cult following and now viewing Dark Side of The Rainbow has become a rite of passage for college students and music fans everywhere. The members of Pink Floyd insist that they didn't do it on purpose. They claim that it's just a happy "coincidence" and that's what we're supposed to believe. Regardless of intention, it has a pretty undeniable effect that reveals aspects of music and film that even the most beloved fans of either stand alone work could not have possibly considered. So with that in mind, let's look at the five best examples of synchronicity in movies and music.

The Movie: Vampire and Horror Film Classic, Nosferatu
The Album: Sorcellerie Malfique by Immara
The Verdict: Nosferatu is indisputably one of the most influential horror films of all time and a favorite of movie buffs everywhere. It was a revolutionary piece of directing from F.W Murnau, and was way ahead of its time. The ambient avant garde music by Immara corresponds with the movements of characters, but still, I'm not completely sold. It's probably the weakest example on this list, but pretty cool anyways.



The Movie: Metropolis
The Album: Kid A by Radiohead
The Verdict: Metropolis ranks as one of the single greatest movies of all time. Kid A ranks up there as one of the best albums of all time. Is it a match that was just destined to be? Most definitely. Not only does the film's aesthetic seem to correspond with the conceptual album art, themes of futuristic technology, dystopian and class struggle are also prevalent in both works. Unfortunately, the sync only really works through the first three songs on the album, but it's still pretty exhilarating for the entire 12 minutes.



The Movie: Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs
The Album: In The Court of The Crimson King by King Crimson
The Verdict: This one is just explosive. From the very first blasts of "21st Century Schizoid Man" it is evident that this album gives Snow White a much more 'epic' vibe. Crimson's towering sound weirdly matches with lip movements of the animated characters and pushes the endearing animation of the motion picture into a much more frenetic realm. The rhythm between the movie and music are almost perfectly in tune. Whoever decided to pair these two got it right.



The Movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey
The Album: "Echos" from Pink Floyd's 1971 album Meddle
The Verdict: Beautiful, just absolutely beautiful. As if Kubrick's operatic vision of space travel wasn't enough, now we have a sweeping 23-minute progressive era Pink Floyd song to go with it. The synchronicity is primarily due to the fact that Pink Floyd is really spacey in general, not to mention the majority of this sequence primarily contains trippy lighting effects and other moments of cinematic brilliance. Still, the two feel like they were always meant to be together in spirit.



The Movie: The Wizard of Oz
The Album: Dark Side of The Moon by Pink Floyd
The Verdict: It's the exemplar of the synchronicity theory. The only trouble with Dark Side of The Rainbow is figuring out whether or not it was created by accident. It raises the question: if this is a coincidence, does that somehow make it better art? Watching it is so overwhelming, you're thrilled to even be alive. Truly, it is art at its highest level no matter the circumstances under which it was conceived. The juxtaposition of the images and sounds changes the context of not only the movie, but also the album in ways that are wholly unexpected and unforgettable. Even now, it feels like a look into the dystopic future. Under the binding spell of Dark Side, the Kansas presented in Oz takes the shape of a nuclear wasteland. It is possible to go on and on and on about the little details and striking resemblances that make this experience so fulfilling, but nothing compares to watching it for yourself.

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