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2012-10-23 01:02:57 PM
I'm assuming that "Featured Partner" is the natural evolution of the "Sponsored Link".
 
2012-10-23 01:03:01 PM
"I snort the nose, Lucifer! Banana! Banana!"
 
2012-10-23 01:04:18 PM
but a number of artists cleverly realized that they could hide actual music in that soundless gap

One artist cleverly realized that. The rest are copycats who would impede the ability of their fans to listen to their music for the sake of an annoying gimmick.
 
2012-10-23 01:04:36 PM
How is that surprising?
 
2012-10-23 01:04:36 PM
What is this rewind that you speak up?
 
2012-10-23 01:04:45 PM
Well that covers everything in two comments. Yay. Good thread. Good thread.
 
2012-10-23 01:04:47 PM
Interesting. Can't wait to try the Radiohead one.
 
2012-10-23 01:04:55 PM
How in the fark is it surprising that Radiohead is included? Steer past the Top-40 tracks, and you walk into a maze of acid-induced screaming/whining/moaning
 
2012-10-23 01:05:08 PM
Most music CDs contain a quick, barely-there track stored before the album's first song kicks off -- traditionally two seconds of absolute silence, invisible to most CD players -- but a number of artists cleverly realized that they could hide actual music in that soundless gap, accessible only by rewinding from the album's earliest point.

Sure, I'll just rewind my CD..hmm.
 
2012-10-23 01:06:22 PM
In before: WALL O TEXT!!!!!

I'd heard the same rumor you have: Play The Wizard of Oz muted with Pink Floyd's 1973 classic album Dark Side of the Moon in the background, and the two totally sync up-enough that people claim the album was composed for that purpose. (Instructions on how to conduct the experiment yourself, along with a list of coincidences to look for, can be found below.)Rubbish, I said.
It's a ridiculous thing to believe. Ask yourself which is more likely: Either (a) some rock band went to the trouble of composing an entire album as a sort of substitute soundtrack for a 34-year-old movie, or (b) a bunch of stoners and acid fiends one day randomly popped in a tape of The Wizard of Oz while listening to Pink Floyd and decided, "Whooooooooaaaa! This is, like, too coincidental to be, um, a coincidence...man."
(Yes, my stereotype stoner voice comes across like Otto the bus driver from The Simpsons. No offense intended. Man.)
I'm naturally a skeptic, particularly when it comes to urban legends propagated by devotees of a rock band that's known as much for their psychedelic drug use as they are for their music. And especially when said urban legends pertain to fairy tales involving fields of poppies, multicolored horses, and flying monkeys. So take my opinion for what it's worth: I think there may be something to this whole Wizard/Dark Side connection.
Some friends of mine recently decided to try out the sync-up, and for whatever reason, I stuck around to watch. I have to admit, there's a number of eerie similarities that are hard to dismiss-especially if you go into it with the mindset that any connection whatsoever between what you're seeing and what you're hearing has to be a coincidence. I started to doubt my own skepticism. And I wasn't even on any mind-altering substances, unless you count my standard seven-cup-a-day coffee habit.
But don't take my word for it. Try it, and then decide for yourself.

Setting up the "Dark Side of the Rainbow" Experiment
Equipment needed:
CD of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon (the digitally remastered version is ideal).
DVD of The Wizard of Oz (there is a 1999 and a 2005 re-release).
DVD player
CD player that operates independently of your DVD player or theater system.
Consumables. As in, snacks. (This content producer does not condone or encourage possession or use of illicit substances.)

How to make it work:

1. Pop the CD of Dark Side of the Moon in the player and set it at "play/pause" at 00:00 on the first track so it's cued and ready to go.

2. Start The Wizard of Oz and skip past the intro fluff until you get to the actual film.

3. When the black and white MGM lion roars for the third and final time, immediately press play (unpause) on the CD player. Careful: The roars can run together.

4. Mute the movie. The opening credits will accompany a crescendo of sound effects from the CD.

5. Here's the key that will tell you if you've done it right: At about the 1:17 mark, the name Mervyn LeRoy (the producer) should fade onto the screen exactly in sync with the first note of the first musical track, "Speak to Me/Breathe." If they're not together, rewind both and try again. It should only take about 3-4 tries, max, to get it right. Trust me, the precision makes a difference.

6. Optional: Put the CD player on "repeat all" mode so that it will start over at the beginning of the album once its done. Some people claim that the CD continues to sync all the way through the movie, but it certainly requires a greater time commitment to find out.

What to look for
If you don't want to be swayed by seeing things that other people have told you about, skip over this section. Otherwise, here's some examples of interesting connections to look for:
As Dorothy balances on the fence during the song "Breathe," the line heard is "balanced on the biggest wave, race toward an early grave." When she falls into the pig pen, the song changes, as if on cue.
As Dorothy sings "Over the Rainbow," at one point she looks from one side of the sky to the other, as though following an airplane. There is a corresponding sound of a plane speeding by.
The first appearance of Almira Gulch on her bicycle occurs simultaneously with the alarm clock at the beginning of the song "Time."
As Gulch argues with Dorothy's Aunt and Uncle over the fate of Toto, the music chimes back and forth dramatically.
The song "Great Gig in the Sky" occurs exactly in sync with the tornado sequence. It starts slow with the wind, crescendos chaotically as Dorothy is sucked into the funnel, and fades down as the storm lapses into Dorothy's daydream.
The sound of the cash register, signifying the beginning of the song "Money" occurs at the moment that Dorothy steps out the door into Oz.
The line "Who knows which is which?" fittingly enough, corresponds to the encounter between Glenda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West.
The Scarecrow scene is matched up with the song "Brain Damage."
As Dorothy bangs on the Tin Man's chest cavity, the sound of a heartbeat echoes.

...And that's just scratching the surface. There's no limit to what you'll see if you really look for connections, and many eager experimenters have already tried to catalogue exhaustive lists online. Some even recommend putting the CD on repeat so that it plays continuously through the movie. This makes the possibility of it matching even more far-fetched, and truth be told, the evidence gets less compelling in the subsequent playings.

The Verdict?

You can decide for yourself whether the rumor has some basis in fact or whether it's just the product of the fanciful, drug-assisted imaginations of a handful of Floyd fans that caught fire as an urban legend. Probably the most important detail to point out is that, from a technical standpoint, creating an album as a soundtrack to an existing film would have been incredibly difficult and basically pointless in 1973; the album was obviously vinyl, and this was well before the advent of VHS tapes. Who would they have been pulling this stunt for? Assuming the record producers had a copy of the film, it still would have been an enormous headache to create an entire album with timing that precise.

Pink Floyd has never tried to claim that the Wizard of Oz connection was intentional, but there's really no reason for them to deny it. As reported on Turnmeondeadman.net (which also chronicles an exhaustive list of coincidences to look for), sales of Dark Side of the Moon reportedly spiked in the late 1990s when rumors of the phenomenon started popping up in mainstream media outlets. Even if it is just a series of strange coincidences, it's enough to keep creative minds guessing and wondering, and it's a fun exercise to try and to discuss with friends. And once you've started seeing the connections, you begin to see more. Perhaps the strangest connection is an actual line from the movie, which of course you'll miss while you're trying the syncing experiment. Dorothy's last line before she begins singing "Over the Rainbow" is directed at Toto, her dog, as she wishes they could escape somewhere there isn't any trouble:

"Do you suppose there is such a place, Toto? There must be. It's not a place you can get to by a boat or a train. It's far, far away, behind the moon, beyond the rain..."
Far out. Man.
 
2012-10-23 01:13:26 PM
I don't want to join the Navy.
 
2012-10-23 01:15:51 PM
Plenty of room at the Hotel California....
 
2012-10-23 01:16:51 PM

ChipNASA: In


Confirmation bias. It's a handful of coincidences overall, compared to all the times that the music and screen don't have anything to do with each other. Except for a couple notable bits, most of the meaning overlap is simply made to fit, or generally "close enough" in tone or theme to make things seem connected.

Further, virtually everyone involved with the album has said it's a bunch of tripe.
 
2012-10-23 01:17:32 PM
As opposed to a steady diet of Tom Waits or The Tiger Lillies.

Those will mess up your head on their own.

/I'd love to hear them make a duet album.
//Dark Carnival meets Dark Cabaret.
 
2012-10-23 01:17:43 PM

ChipNASA: In before: WALL O TEXT!!!!!
etc...


There is a similar relationship between Spinal Tap's "Break Like The Wind" and "Bubble Butt Carwash 7".
 
2012-10-23 01:19:35 PM
1 Freya 5:57
2 Urpflanze 5:50
3 Cannabeo 6:16
4 Khat 5:58
5 Bememe 6:43
6 Indica 5:49
7 Rausch 6:09
8 Kava 5:15
9 El-Fin 5:21
10 The Monoriff 5:57
 
2012-10-23 01:22:54 PM

Cybernetic: I'm assuming that "Featured Partner" is the natural evolution of the "Sponsored Link".


No clicky from me, Buzzfeed!

/you gotta earn them the hard way
 
2012-10-23 01:24:27 PM

geekbikerskum: "I snort the nose, Lucifer! Banana! Banana!"


"No matter how thin you slice it, it's still baloney"

They missed a FAR better one for PInk Flyod though. I remember about 20 years ago we were hanging around a friends house listening to it on this new fangled Compact Disk format, and we heard all the muttering at the end of the Album (right after eclipse). Well, since his dad was a voice teacher who also had a home studio we decided to play the disk on the "good" equipment and resolve once and for all what they were saying. The conversation wasn't anything special, but then we were listening to the whole album and one song, I forget which trails off to be followed by a woman saying, very softly, "if you can hear this whispering, you are dying"

Yeah we got pretty freaked out for a few minutes by that.
 
2012-10-23 01:24:34 PM
goo goo g'joob
 
2012-10-23 01:24:47 PM

The Muthaship: Plenty of room at the Hotel California....


Don Felder is on today's Adam Carolla podcast. the little writeup/synopsis mentions, "plus, the gang talks about 'hotel california'."


i HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE that friggin song. I absolutely hate it. hate it hate it hate it hate it. I hate everything about it. i hate that it exists. i hate the instruments that were used to create it. i hate the engineer that pressed the buttons that recorded it. i hate the musicians that wrote it and played it. i hate the food they ingested 12-24 hours before that gave them energy to move their hands to play their instruments. I hate the landlord who paid the electrical bill to provide electricity to the studio. I hate the power plant that provided the juice to the studio. i hate the archietects who designed the building that housed the studio where it was recorded. i hate the manufacturing company that made the microphones, tape reels, and mixing desk. i hate the record company that released it to the masses. i hate the record plant that etc....
 
2012-10-23 01:25:37 PM
Paul McCartney is dead?

But then who is Angela landsbury?
 
2012-10-23 01:26:00 PM
i think the article is Being a Little overzeAlous in saying There are hidden messAges iN music or lyrics or anyThing reLated. i don't thInk any musician would do somEthing so sneaky aS that, especially not popular ones.
 
2012-10-23 01:27:32 PM

Magorn: we heard all the muttering at the end of the Album (right after eclipse)



Paul and Linda McCartney were recording I think Paul's second album the same time as the DSOTM sessions, and they agreed to be recordded for the various "spoken word" parts ("he wsa cruisin for a bruisin", "i don't know i was really drunk at the time", "short, sharp, shock, diggit?") but I think in Nick Mason's PF bio (excellent read, circa 2006 or so) I think he said their answers were too clipped and guarded and deemed unusable.

/and of course unrecognizable Sid showing up bald and 90lbs heavier and no one knowing who he was....
 
2012-10-23 01:28:07 PM

Evil Mackerel: I don't want to join the Navy.


Yvan eht nioj, biatch
 
2012-10-23 01:29:59 PM
Inception....mind blown...again.
 
2012-10-23 01:31:33 PM
The music is reversible time is not. Turn back. Turn back. Turn back...
 
2012-10-23 01:32:20 PM
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2012-10-23 01:32:25 PM
List fails without the whole Beatles thing.
 
2012-10-23 01:33:34 PM

rickythepenguin: Magorn: we heard all the muttering at the end of the Album (right after eclipse)


Paul and Linda McCartney were recording I think Paul's second album the same time as the DSOTM sessions, and they agreed to be recordded for the various "spoken word" parts ("he wsa cruisin for a bruisin", "i don't know i was really drunk at the time", "short, sharp, shock, diggit?") but I think in Nick Mason's PF bio (excellent read, circa 2006 or so) I think he said their answers were too clipped and guarded and deemed unusable.

/and of course unrecognizable Sid showing up bald and 90lbs heavier and no one knowing who he was....


Syd showing up was during the Wish You Were Here sessions.
 
2012-10-23 01:36:12 PM

Gosling: i think the article is Being a Little overzeAlous in saying There are hidden messAges iN music or lyrics or anyThing reLated. i don't thInk any musician would do somEthing so sneaky aS that, especially not popular ones.


Blatant Les?

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-23 01:36:18 PM
Paul is dead.
 
2012-10-23 01:36:55 PM
The X-files inspired CD, Songs in the Key of X, has a pre-gap track. And that was back in 1996. 11 years before Kanye did it.
 
2012-10-23 01:38:33 PM
Suprisingly missing

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2012-10-23 01:39:05 PM

Magorn: geekbikerskum: "I snort the nose, Lucifer! Banana! Banana!"

"No matter how thin you slice it, it's still baloney"

They missed a FAR better one for PInk Flyod though. I remember about 20 years ago we were hanging around a friends house listening to it on this new fangled Compact Disk format, and we heard all the muttering at the end of the Album (right after eclipse). Well, since his dad was a voice teacher who also had a home studio we decided to play the disk on the "good" equipment and resolve once and for all what they were saying. The conversation wasn't anything special, but then we were listening to the whole album and one song, I forget which trails off to be followed by a woman saying, very softly, "if you can hear this whispering, you are dying"

Yeah we got pretty freaked out for a few minutes by that.


She says "I never said I was frightened of dying". It's during The Great Gig In The Sky. All of the spoken word parts are reponses to questions that Roger Waters held up on cue cards. "Have you ever been violent?" "Were you in the right?" "Are you afraid to die?" etc...
 
2012-10-23 01:40:39 PM

Magorn: I forget which trails off to be followed by a woman saying, very softly, "if you can hear this whispering, you are dying"

Yeah we got pretty freaked out for a few minutes by that.



I'm pretty sure that's the great gig in the sky.
 
2012-10-23 01:41:20 PM
Most of that is old news, and Tool still wins it by a mile. I tried the Raidiohead one, but I just don't hear the connection.
 
2012-10-23 01:41:37 PM
also forgot:

collider.com
 
2012-10-23 01:42:59 PM

Mock26: The X-files inspired CD, Songs in the Key of X, has a pre-gap track. And that was back in 1996. 11 years before Kanye did it.




do you mean a "secret track" before track one? Trent Reznor did that on some EP he released in the early 90s. you had to insert the disc, pause it, then press "rewind" and the CD would skip backwards to track 99 and there would be a shiatty song not worth the effort.

the grateful dead did that a few times on the "dick's picks" series. the bonus track where, if you let the CD play out, you'd hear it. in the pre-CD Rom / computer era, you'd have no way to know unless you just let the CD play out. with the advent of burners, when you burned a CD you'd be like, "whoa, there's only 9 songs on the card but 10 audio tracks detected" and so the trick was easily spotted.
 
2012-10-23 01:44:05 PM
Oh yeah? How about...

www.moillusions.com

/I would like some milk from the milkman's wife's tits
 
2012-10-23 01:45:11 PM
The most mind-blowing thing about Radiohead is that anyone can actually listen to that sh*t for more than thirty seconds without frantically clawing their eardrums out. Ugh.
 
2012-10-23 01:45:20 PM
LOL at the youngsters who don't know how to "rewind" a CD.

FYI, you can also fast forward.
 
2012-10-23 01:48:38 PM
And in the end, the love you make is equal to the love you take.
 
2012-10-23 01:49:29 PM

Magorn


I forget which trails off to be followed by a woman saying, very softly, "if you can hear this whispering, you are dying"

Yeah we got pretty freaked out for a few minutes by that.


If you can hear it, you're alive. If you're alive, you're dying, albeit very slowly. Pretty straightforward.
 
2012-10-23 01:54:23 PM
when the rain comes they run and hide their heads
 
SMB
2012-10-23 01:54:45 PM
blatant lies! What do I win?
 
2012-10-23 01:59:28 PM
This one blew my mind as a kid:
t1.gstatic.com 

I don't know how many times I played it before stumbling on the hidden "third" side.
 
2012-10-23 02:00:02 PM
One of Queen's albums has a backwards message that when played forward says, "It's fun to smoke marijuana."
 
2012-10-23 02:02:38 PM

rickythepenguin: The Muthaship: Plenty of room at the Hotel California....

Don Felder is on today's Adam Carolla podcast. the little writeup/synopsis mentions, "plus, the gang talks about 'hotel california'."


i HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE that friggin song. I absolutely hate it. hate it hate it hate it hate it. I hate everything about it. i hate that it exists. i hate the instruments that were used to create it. i hate the engineer that pressed the buttons that recorded it. i hate the musicians that wrote it and played it. i hate the food they ingested 12-24 hours before that gave them energy to move their hands to play their instruments. I hate the landlord who paid the electrical bill to provide electricity to the studio. I hate the power plant that provided the juice to the studio. i hate the archietects who designed the building that housed the studio where it was recorded. i hate the manufacturing company that made the microphones, tape reels, and mixing desk. i hate the record company that released it to the masses. i hate the record plant that etc....


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feels your pain.
 
2012-10-23 02:05:29 PM
I bet most of you whippersnappers don't remember Judas Priest being accused of subliminal messages in their music and it being responsible for driving 2 guys to suicide.
 
2012-10-23 02:08:04 PM

rickythepenguin: The Muthaship: Plenty of room at the Hotel California....

Don Felder is on today's Adam Carolla podcast. the little writeup/synopsis mentions, "plus, the gang talks about 'hotel california'."


i HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE that friggin song. I absolutely hate it. hate it hate it hate it hate it. I hate everything about it. i hate that it exists. i hate the instruments that were used to create it. i hate the engineer that pressed the buttons that recorded it. i hate the musicians that wrote it and played it. i hate the food they ingested 12-24 hours before that gave them energy to move their hands to play their instruments. I hate the landlord who paid the electrical bill to provide electricity to the studio. I hate the power plant that provided the juice to the studio. i hate the archietects who designed the building that housed the studio where it was recorded. i hate the manufacturing company that made the microphones, tape reels, and mixing desk. i hate the record company that released it to the masses. i hate the record plant that etc....


I hate it to, it is actually better played backward....

Dixie_Wrecked: I bet most of you whippersnappers don't remember Judas Priest being accused of subliminal messages in their music and it being responsible for driving 2 guys to suicide.


I remember it well. Rob Halford in a tweed jacket, and a kid so bad with a shotgun that he missed blowing his own head off.

/although he did get a chunk of it.
//lived long enough to realize he was a dumb ass, then died.
 
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