For cosmic explorers—a euphemism for both the curious and the stoned—“The Dark Side of Oz” is a rite of passage. The eerily synchronous mash-up of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and The Wizard of Oz has impressed many-a-dorm room. Also known as “The Dark Side of the Rainbow” and “The Wizard of Floyd,” the phenomenon works by using the Floyd record as the film’s score. Just turn the volume up on the record player and down on the TV, hit play, and watch as visual and audio cues align, evoking a wild sense of synesthesia that’s been blowing minds for decades.
Apparently, three consecutive plays through the Floyd soundtrack also fits exceptionally well with The Force Awakens. A video of the film’s first eight minutes, paired with the first eight minutes of Dark Side has surfaced (see above), and some Reddit users went ahead and documented all the notable synchronizations:
– When Poe (Oscar Isaac) wakes up in Kylo Ren’s (Adam Driver) torture chamber, the lyrics of “The Great Gig in the Sky” go, “I’m not afraid of dying/ Anytime will do,” and the song’s scream happens right as Poe opens his own mouth.
– “Time” plays while we witness the repetitive mundanity of Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) life making a living by scavenging old electronics.
– The “Us and Them” lyric “And after all, we’re only ordinary men” is sung right as Finn (John Boyega) tells Rey that Resistance fighters look like him. “Some of us,” he says. “Others look different.”
– Twice during the “Keep your hands of my stack” line in “Money”, someone grabs a lightsaber: First it’s Rey taking hold of Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hamill), then Han Solo (Harrison Ford) grabbing Kylo’s.
– “Us and Them” again syncs with the battle of Battle of Takodana. As Finn surveys the battleground, the lyrics go, “God only knows/ It’s not what we would choose to do.” Then, as Gilmour sings, “Blue,” Finn ignites the blue blade.
– In what turns out to be his final scene, the camera focuses right on Han Solo as the lyrics, “I never said I was afraid of dying” are heard.
– During Kylo and Rey’s final fight, the “Us and Them” lyrics go, “Black and blue/ Who knows which is which and who is who,” echoing the fight between going to the Dark Side or staying with the Light Side of the Force.
– “Brain Damage” in almost its entirety seems to fit with the movie’s final scene as Rey makes her way towards Luke: “The lunatic is on the grass/ Remembering games, and daisy chains and laughs/ Got to keep the loonies on the path.”
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