SCATS wants to see the wizard!

posted Jan 13, 2011
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I enjoyed the Wizard of Oz when I was a kid -- I think. At least the bright, shiny parts. All the darkness and weird of flying monkeys (beware!) who kidnap people, orange-tinted little people, and assassins and trials along such a pretty yellow brick road may have tainted the joy there just a bit. Other films that had similar layers and deep metaphor were probably far more subtle and less technicolor about it so, in my single digit years, rolled gently into my subconscious.

Oz not so. It still kinda' disturbs me today. So many cute and fuzzy things that are so, well, not in that movie. Only one cure exists for this that I know of: Pink Floyd. That's right. The ol' Dark Side of the Moon thing. Taking the trip that is the Wizard of Oz all the way to its extreme by how uncannily well that album syncs with it is the only way to go. Even without mind-altering drugs or alcohol! Seen like this completely lucent it's still a trippy ride!

If you've never attempted this marriage of Oz and Floyd, I highly recommend it. Here's how to set it up:

  • Gather up copies of Wizard of Oz and Dark Side of the Moon
  • If you can, make sure there's no silent space between tracks of Dark Side especially if you burned it to CD yourself
  • Queue up the album from the first track and keep it on pause
  • Start the movie and, once the MGM lion finishes his third roar, play the music
  • The syncing works best the first time through the movie but, when in doubt, have the album on repeat

That's it! Sit back and enjoy the creepy/joyful ride!


by marumaruyopparai on 1/14/2011 @ 9:21pm
I think I've heard about that Dark Side of the Moon meets Oz thing before but never tried it, perhaps one of these days.

The Wizard seems to be having some kind of schizophrenic episode here. . .

by L.S.Erhardt on 1/15/2011 @ 12:13pm
It really is cool and creepy at the same time.

To make the job easier, perhaps wait for the Seattle Laser Dome to do their annual "Dark side of Oz" show. They do the dirty work, you just sit back and watch in awe while slowly acknowledging that you'll never be able to look at the move and that album the same way ever again.