April 11, 2012

A darker side of Oz

A showing of “The Dark Side of Oz” was attended Saturday by a small sampling of Knox’s red-eyed student body. The group half-filled Kresge Recital Hall for this Union Board event.
For those who don’t know, “The Dark Side of Oz” (also known as “Dark Side of the Rainbow”) is a phenomenon discovered in the mid ‘90s that involves pairing the audio of Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” (1973) with the film “The Wizard of Oz” (1939). This pairing is popular due to moments of synchronicity between the music and the film. Though fans of the pairing believe in these connections, members of Pink Floyd deny any intent to sync their work with Oz.
Examples of this observed synchronicity include changes from track to track at key scene changes such as Dorothy’s entrance into Munchkin Land as the bass line of “Money” starts out or the bell and clock cacophony as the mean Mrs. Gulch first enters on her bicycle.
Clare Torry’s screaming vocals intensify the cyclone scene and the Scarecrow seems to ironically dance along with the song “Brain Damage.” One of the munchkins’ mouths moves at the same time the phrase “I don’t know, I was really drunk at the time,” is spoken during “Money” and the munchkin soldiers appear to march to the beat of the song.
At the scene where they encounter the Tin Man, the album starts over. Few moments of sync are evident during this repetition nor are there many with the second repetition beginning at the scene of the witch’s death.
“It went well at the beginning, but the middle didn’t really work,” freshman Dan Bloethe said, “I don’t really like listening to the same song three times.”
Various exiting students at the film’s conclusion had remarks such as “that was trippy” and “I’m going to have nightmares now.” Several students left during the film saying it was “too intense” or expressing that they didn’t see any connection between the film and the music.

Camille Brown
Camille Brown is a junior majoring in English literature and double minoring in educational policy and journalism. Previously, she served as editor-in-chief of her high school paper and a reporter for TKS. She spent the summer of 2012 freelancing for The Peninsula Gateway and is currently pursuing an independent study concerning the media’s influence on education.


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