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I'll be picking up the CD tomorrow though, I forgot how badly I missed it, thanks for that reminder. :-)
So it is not a myth, people actually do it.
The "myth" is not that people do it, the myth is that there's some sort of correlation between the events in the movie and the timing of the music on the album. Perhaps I'm blind, but I just can't see it!
For the benefit of those that have no idea what we're talking about, here's some snippets of what it's supposed to do:
...First load the Dark Side of the Moon CD into your CD player and hit PLAY (>) and then immediately hit PAUSE (II) so it is cued up and ready to roll. Be sure also to set your CD player to continuous replay. .... The CD will play roughly two and a quarter times through the entire length of the movie....
Now get the tape to the very beginning where the BLACK & WHITE MGM lion roars. After the BLACK & WHITE MGM Lion roars for the THIRD (3rd) time IMMEDIATELY hit the play button on the CD player.....
.... The first indicator that the setup is correct: The transition from Speak to Me to Breathe syncs with the fade-in of producer Mervyn LeRoy.
Note: In the prologue, the word "Time" (one of the songs on the CD) is written with a capital letter even though it isn't at the start of the sentence. Also you will find the word "Heart" capitalized in the middle of a sentence -- a sound particular to The Dark Side of the Moon. .....
And so on, there are supposed to be significant correlations throughout the entire movie, if you use replay as specified. As I read through the "list" of correlations, I can see what they are looking at - I just can't define them as "significant."
Maybe it's like those lazer pics you have to stare at to see some stupid arcane object.
<looks again and blurs his eyes a little . . . >
I think I'll buy a new turntable and spin "Stairway" and "Number Nine" backwards, that will take up less of my day and probably be more fun.
P.S....Pink Floyd is AWSOME! ;)
Wizard of Oz is my entire family's favorite movie, so I've probably seen it over 200 times in my life. Friends and I found the transition to WoO plus DSOtM pretty easy for a while.
That works out to a 1 in 30 billion chance that it is completely random event.
So I say this, if it is intended, it is an amuzing form of entertainment. If it is coincidence, then it is an amazing coincidence.
The coincidence, and that's all it is, reminds me of this quip: "If you put a million monkeys in front of a million computers, eventually they will rewrite the works of William Shakespeare." (Unfortunately, the Internet has also proven this one false.) If you look for a meaning, you will find one.
Has anyone ever attempted to play some other album of significance against some movie? I for one would like to see "Passion Play" against "The Passion of the Christ," or "Thick as a Brick" against "Alice in Wonderland." Those would probably be far more interesting. Especially if the part about the hare coincided with "I'm late . . . I'm late" . . . . .
Hey, there is a chance I could win the lottery, but having a fairly good grasp of statistics, I don't put much weight in the dream of winning it. 1 in 14 million chance of winning here in California. And when you factor in the payout the pot has to be greater than $28 million just for you to get even money.
As for the monkeys, I am pretty sure it was an infinite number of monkeys and typewriters. A million wuold never come close, between poo slinging and banana breaks.
The transitions in a performance - movies, plays, etc. - also show regular patterns.
I am sure there are studies about the phenomenon, and suspect it has to do with how the human mind works, attention span, etc.
My point is that a statistical anlysis that fails to take the existing patterns into account would be fatally flawed from the start. 30 second monologues would naturally tend to transition at the same point as 30 second verses or refrains, and 3-7 minute scenes would naturally coincide with transitions between 3-3.5 minute songs.
Then, I could watch dust settle and say it was perfectly timed to it.
Another music myth, but a good one, because it is still alive ..
[edited by: lawman at 6:05 am (utc) on July 20, 2006]
On the other hand, I could be making it all up ;-> Why not try it for yourself?