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July 9, 2003 10:33 PM   Subscribe

The Synchronicity Archives includes the well known synchronization of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon with a viewing of The Wizard of Oz, as well as other entertaining combinations. Has anyone tried Led Zeppelin and Lord of the Rings ?
posted by mecran01 (21 comments total)

 
I have never been much of a Pink Floyd fan, and am at a loss to figure out why the Dark Side album spent almost 14 years (!) on the charts. For some reason, though, this post reminds me of an evening many years ago when I was back in my home town in Central PA, and a good friend took me to a shabby apartment complex to meet some odd friends of his.

They were watching Behind the Green Door on the VCR with the sound turned off, and listening to a Frank Zappa album at the same time. Wish I could remember which one; anyway, it definitely was a synchronistic experience.
posted by LeLiLo at 11:10 PM on July 9, 2003


I hear "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" matches up with Radiohead's OK Computer. In one scene, the walking is almost exactly in beat with the music of Karma Police! Then, at one point, it looks like Thom Yorke is talking for Matthew McConaughey!

Looks like wishful thinking to me. I'm pretty sure this is a case of 1 million monkeys at a type writer, etc. thing, because the only one that works well is the original, Dark Side of the Rainbow.
posted by Mach3avelli at 11:14 PM on July 9, 2003


In any case, both the movie and Kashmir rock, so what could really go wrong?
posted by weston at 11:15 PM on July 9, 2003


I hear "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" matches up with Radiohead's OK Computer

Who the hell figured that out?
posted by scarabic at 11:38 PM on July 9, 2003


he well known synchronization of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon with a viewing of The Wizard of Oz
That is just wrong.

Actually, if you are in the right (altered) mental state, almost any album and any movie will seem quite logical although, once you return to earth, it will inexplicably become impossible to reproduce the effect.
posted by dg at 11:53 PM on July 9, 2003


How about "Kindergarten Cop" and "Eric Clapton Comes Alive?"
posted by mildred-pitt at 12:07 AM on July 10, 2003


How about Pink Floyd: The Wall and Luther Wright & the Wrongs' Rebuild the Wall?
posted by arto at 2:19 AM on July 10, 2003


The weird thing is the complete lack of syncronicity in most music videos. "Take on Me" has got to be one of the coolest music videos ever, but what in the world did it have to do with the song? Was there a single match up between what happened in the lyrics and on the screen?

And it's not just crazy scandinavians doing this, either.
posted by namespan at 2:38 AM on July 10, 2003


Un synchronised, now there's an idea. Much more fun than this pass-the-bong synchronised stuff.

How about It's a wonderful life with Cradle of filth?
posted by ciderwoman at 2:57 AM on July 10, 2003


I'm curious as to how difficult it would be to automate the discovery of these "syncronicities." The fan discovered stuff is pretty iffy, so lets have a machine check it.

Maybe it can do a comparision using criteria like when scene cuts happen, when tempo changes, when songs end, etc. So instead of discovering media that matches up you can ask a database what's a good song/album to go with some tired DVD you haven't watched in a while.

Heh, it could be the home entertainment killer app.

"Oh, I'm having some people over tonight. We're going to watch Blade Runner and listen to the Cutting Crew. I've got the synch all setup. Come over and bring some pot."
posted by skallas at 2:57 AM on July 10, 2003


Every episode of Strangers With Candy synchs up perfectly with every Charlie Daniels song. Now it can be told.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 5:38 AM on July 10, 2003


Words escape me.
posted by Cerebus at 5:50 AM on July 10, 2003


How about Radiohead vs The Matrix ?
posted by nemesis at 6:01 AM on July 10, 2003


Run DMC (any) + Teletubbies (any).

Try it, you'll like it.
posted by contessa at 6:41 AM on July 10, 2003


When I went to visit my college as a prospective, the guy I stayed with was watching an old John Wayne movie with Jimi Hendrix providing the sound. It was right about then, as I watched the hilarious correspondences emerge, that I said, "this is the place for me."

On the Dark Side/Rainbow stuff, the site goes into some fun academese about the different "theories," but mentions only one or two correspondences between music and film. I'm sure there are plenty of people like me who are only casually interested in this, and who are not going to waste our time renting The Wizard of Oz and sitting through it to find out if there's anything interesting there, but who might do so if these zealots would provide us with any evidence. Why the hell couldn't the site LIST some of the "amazing" synchronicities? Wouldn't you think that would be one of the main functions of the site?
posted by soyjoy at 8:20 AM on July 10, 2003


I hear "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" matches up with Radiohead's OK Computer.

Actually, OK Computer synchs up with Willy Wonka. Pure Imagination indeed.
posted by drezdn at 8:54 AM on July 10, 2003


syn·chro·nic·i·ty: noun, the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events (as similar thoughts in widely separated persons or a mental image of an unexpected event before it happens) that seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality -- used especially in the psychology of C. G. Jung

If you haven't tried "Dark Side of the Rainbow" you should. It helps if you happen to be a fan of both pieces, which is why I was willing to try it in the first place.

I as astounded at how well they compliment each other. The coincidences are not just musical, but often times the lyrics will reflect the action on the screen.

And YES I was stone cold sober.

My favorite part is how "Great Gig in the Sky" starts just as the tornado begins and ends just as Dorothy opens the door to Oz.

In my opinion, there is no deeper meaning to any of this. No weird artistic conspiracy theory. It's just... synchronicity.

Count down to some one decrying me as a delusion al flake in 5....4....3.....
posted by evilcupcakes at 8:54 AM on July 10, 2003


It is incredible to me anyway how they match up lyrically, musically and thematically. "Money" begins right as we get the first glimpse of the yellow brick road. There's even some audiovisual puns in there. Waters is singing "Which is which and who is who" as the screen cuts back and forth between the good witch and wicked witch. Oh and evilcupcakes, you're a flake.

Previous Dark Side of the Rainbow thread.
posted by euphorb at 10:27 AM on July 10, 2003


Cue Pink Floyd's "One or These Days" from Meddle up to Dave Bowman's little trip through the monolith in 2001. The song is the right length to end just as ol' Dave is sitting and quivering inside his pod on arrival at the alien provided Assisted Living Center for the Still Corporeal.

Floyd and Kubrick, now there is a stoner alliance.
posted by dglynn at 10:40 AM on July 10, 2003


It's surprising that the Synchronicity Archives don't mention the greatest possible synch-up, Vanishing Point starring Barry Norman and Vanishing Point by Primal Scream. Then again, it might not count as synchronicity if the pairing was intentional (by the musicians, anyway).

Hey man, the Vertigo soundtrack like totally matches Vertigo the movie!!
posted by D at 10:42 AM on July 10, 2003


ooooh, 'Rocky Horror' + The Pixies' 'Surfer Rosa,' this i will have to try...
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