Dark Side of the Rainbow
Dark Side of the Rainbow – also known as Dark Side of Oz or The Wizard of Floyd – refers to the pairing of the 1973 Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of the Moon with the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. This produces moments where the film and the album appear to correspond. Members of Pink Floyd have denied any intent to connect the album to the film.
In August 1995, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette published an article by Charles Savage suggesting that readers try watching The Wizard of Oz while listening to The Dark Side of the Moon. Savage said the idea was first shared on an online Pink Floyd newsgroup. According to Savage, "The result is astonishing. It's as if the movie were one long art-film music video for the album. Song lyrics and titles match the action and plot. The music swells and falls with character's movements ... But do expect to see enough firm coincidences to make you wonder whether the whole thing was planned." Savage said that there was "no obvious reason" why Pink Floyd would have written the album to match the film.
Fans created websites about the experience and catalogued corresponding moments. In April 1997, DJ George Taylor Morris discussed "Dark Side of the Rainbow" on Boston radio. In July 2000, Turner Classic Movies aired The Wizard of Oz with the option of synchronizing the broadcast to the Dark Side album using the SAP audio channel.
Members of Pink Floyd have repeatedly denied any connection between the album and the film. Guitarist David Gilmour dismissed it as the product of "some guy with too much time on his hands". Drummer Nick Mason told MTV in 1997, "It's absolute nonsense. It has nothing to do with The Wizard of Oz. It was all based on The Sound of Music." Dark Side of the Moon audio engineer Alan Parsons denied any connection, saying the band had no means of playing video tapes in the studio at the time of recording. He said in 2003:
It's such a non-starter, a complete load of eyewash. I tried it for the first time about two years ago. One of my fiancée's kids had a copy of the video, and I thought I had to see what it was all about. I was very disappointed ... And anyway, if you play any record with the sound turned down on the TV, you will find things that work.
Detractors argue that the phenomenon is the result of the mind's tendency to think it recognizes patterns amid disorder by discarding data that does not fit. Film critic Richard Roeper published his assessment of the phenomenon, which he referred to as "Dark Side of Oz". Roeper concluded that while the band may have had the resources and technical know-how to produce an alternative film soundtrack, undergoing such an endeavor would have been highly impractical. Roeper also noted the technical issue of the roughly 43-minute Dark Side of the Moon being short compared to the 101-minute The Wizard of Oz.
Variations on the themeEdit
The fame of Dark Side of the Rainbow has prompted some to search for synchronicities among other albums by other bands and films by other directors. The lengthy Pink Floyd song "Echoes" from the 1971 album Meddle has been paired with "Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite," the fourth act in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Again, the correspondences are primarily formal/structural and not grounded in the content of the lyrics. Both the track and the sequence are approximately 23 minutes.
Comedian Matt Herzau claims that the Pixar film WALL-E syncs up with Pink Floyd's rock opera The Wall, which he has called "Another Brick in the WALL-E", after the album's three-part song "Another Brick in the Wall."
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