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||Audio: Dark Side of the
by Pink Floyd
1973, Capital Records (US)
and other Pink Floyd albums (see below)
|Video: The Wizard of
1939, MGM Studios,
based on the book by Frank L. Baum
The Wizard of Oz has been a classic film, ever since
it came out. And Dark Side of the Moon has been a must-have
on any album collectors shelf since 1973. Now you can enjoy them together.
This synchronicity seems to be a favorite on the
Pink Floyd newsgroup; it certainly is discussed a lot there.
are a few different versions of the synchronicity. Following is
detailed information on the different theories of how to achieve
The Dark Side of the Rainbow:|
There are a variety of different ways to start the synchronicity
Dark Side of the Moon and Wizard of Oz.
Conventional knowledge seems to hold that the famed Third Roar
Theory is the best of the bunch, but I leave it up to you to
and choose your own favorite.
Third Roar Theory
Perhaps the best known variation of the Dark Side of the
synchronicity is the Third Roar Theory. It's certainly
the first variation I myself discovered. It works very well and is
relatively easy to set up. First put in cd, tape, or record of
Side of the Moon that you're going to use; generally this is
with cd, but if you're "slumming" it, it is possible to do it with other
media (although considerably more difficult).
Pause Dark Side of the Moon on track one.
Put in The Wizard Of Oz and wait for the MGM lion logo to
The MGM Lion
When the MGM lion roars for THE THIRD TIME,
unpause Dark Side of the Moon.
|You'll know you've got it right when the credit for Mervyn LeRoy fades
in along with a wonderful sudden transition in Dark Side of the
The album should end with Dorothy putting her ear to the Tin Man's chest,
to the tune of the ending heartbeat on the album. Since Dark
Side of the Moon is not as long as The Wizard of Oz,
there are a number of variations for what to do next; see
below for more information on those.
The next starting point that was called to my attention for this
is the First Roar Theory, which holds that it is better to
start the cd when the MGM lion roars for THE FIRST
TIME. This supposedly corrects for some of the "off time" in the
Third Roar Theory. A not quite so extreme approach
to the same problem is the Second Roar Theory. As I'm
sure you've guessed from the name, this theory holds that the best place
to start Dark Side of the Moon is after the MGM lion roars
for THE SECOND TIME.
Another theory, the Fade to Black Theory, holds that the
Third Roar Theory is interpretted too literally, and that
the cd should be started after the MGM lion logo
fades to black, the true start of the film. The advantage
this one has is that the beginning of the cd and the film itself is really
at the same point. This theory tends to build on the Third
Roar Theory, while the other roars theories tend to discount the
Third Roar Theory. Since the Third Roar
is the one that I heard first, and that has the world buzzing nowadays,
I'd say that's probably the best bet, with the Fade to Black
Theory a close second.
In addition to the album, in 1995 Pink Floyd released a live
performance of Dark Side of the Moon, in its entirety, on
Pulse. And of course some newer Floyd fans have used the
Pulse version as the soundtrack of the synch, in place of
the original recording. The general consensus has been that the
Pulse version is not as good, although, as always, there are
people who disagree. But, no matter your opinion, it remains another way
of seeing the dark side of the rainbow...
|The most out there theory that I have heard yet to date would have
to be The Cowardly Lion Roar Theory, which holds that the
best place to start Dark Side of the Moon is not at the
of the movie, but when the Cowardly Lion roars for
the third time (when he first appears). Again, it uses the
third roar (three, it's the magic number!!), but with a decidedly
take on the whole synch.
WHAT COMES NEXT??|
As you may have noticed, Dark Side of the Moon is not
as long as The Wizard Of Oz. This has given rise to
a number of theories to what should be played after the album is
This is where the fun and experimentation is really just wide open; feel
free to experiment with this part. If you come up with anything
share it with us here at the Arkive, either in the mailing list or on the
|The Repeat Theory
One of the big favorites of the Dark Side of the Rainbow
fans seems to be The Repeat Theory, which holds that the
best thing to do when Dark Side of the Moon ends is simply
to REPEAT THE ALBUM. The advantage to this is, if you own a cd
with repeat, you don't have to get up during the film ( a hefty advantage
for the chemically impaired). The album will repeat approximately
one and a half times after the first run.
When I first heard about Dark Side of the Rainbow, the
recommended instructions for viewing it were to put in Pink Floyd's
(1977) album when Dark Side of the Moon ends and let the
album play all the way through. When Animals ends,
put in Meddle (1971) programmed for tracks two through
The movie ends with the track "Seamus" which has a very
home country" sound to it (which fits very well with Dorothy waking up
back in Kansas).
|Wish You Were Here Theory
Another variation is to simply put in Pink Floyd's Wish You Were
Here (1975), which ironically was Floyd's follow-up to Dark
Side of the Moon, as the next album in the synchronicity, and let
the album run all the way through. So far no one has come up with
anything to follow Wish You Were Here.
||Animals/The Wall (Disc One)
Yet another way to enjoy Dark Side of the Rainbow is
to play Animals (same as the above theory) and when that
album ends play the first disc of Floyd's classic rock opera, The
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