Dark Side of the Rainbow

dark side of the rainbow

Dark Side of the Rainbow‘ refers to the pairing of the 1973 Pink Floyd music album ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ with the visual portion of the 1939 film ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ This produces moments where the film and the album appear to correspond with each other.

Band members and others involved in the making of the album state that any relationship between the two works of art is merely a coincidence.

Examples include music changes at dramatic moments, and thematic alignment such as the scarecrow dance during ‘Brain Damage.’ This synergy effect has been described as an example of synchronicity, defined by the psychologist Carl Jung as a phenomenon in which coincidental events ‘seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality.’

Others argue that the phenomenon is the result of the mind’s tendency to think it recognizes patterns amid disorder by discarding data that do not fit. Psychologists refer to this tendency as apophenia. Under this theory, a ‘Dark Side of the Rainbow’ enthusiast will focus on matching moments while ignoring the greater number of instances where the film and the album do not correspond.

The fame of the Dark Side of the Moon and The Wizard of Oz synchronicity has prompted some fans to search for correspondences using many other albums or films.

Some websites devoted to the Dark Side of the Rainbow have also made note of a claimed synchronicity between the ‘Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite’ fourth act in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey and the lengthy Pink Floyd song ‘Echoes’ from the 1971 album ‘Meddle.’ Both the track and the sequence are approximately 23 minutes. Director Stanley Kubrick asked Pink Floyd to score the film, and Roger Waters has said he regrets having turned down the offer.

Comedian Matt Herzau claims that the film ‘WALL-E’ syncs up with Pink Floyd’s rock opera ‘The Wall,’ which he has titled ‘Another Brick in the WALL-E.’ Another popular combination is ‘The Wall’ with Disney’s ‘Alice in Wonderland.’


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