Always Starts At Midnight
A Concise History of
Creative Music Programming
| Pink Floyd meets Wizard Of Oz
KMPX-FM "OZ" Documentary
| History - Part 1
History - Part 2
In 1997, The Internet had its first Viral Marketing phenomenon,
when a RUMOR SPREAD that Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
was a remarkable Secret Alternative Soundtrack for Wizard of Oz.
It requires you to play a Wizard Of Oz DVD on your TV with
sound turned off, while you pause-cue-play-loop Pink Floyd's
Dark Side Of The Moon CD as loud as you can. (start playing
CD precisely as MGM Lion starts 3rd roar).
I've found scattered references to DARK-OZ parties in 1970s!
Universal agreement is: we will never know the genius stoner
who first figured it out. ALso cannot identify the person who
posted this info on The Web, where it instantly became an
overnight Urban Legend via instant Global Buzz.
Witness The Power of One!
DARK-OZ was our first proof of the Web's Community.
I claim this is hard evidence how hungry people are to mix
MUSIC with their IMAGINATION. Bottom-line proof...?
THE ONLY "NEW THING" IS
THE HISTORY YOU HAVEN'T LEARNED
Despite efforts to discover synchronicity in other combinations,
the mythic magic in DARK-OZ remains a singular phenomenon
which stands as proof that Jung's collective unconciousness
is a functional reality. Where Everything *is* Everything!
Or, as I practiced and preached way back in The 'Sixties....
WATCH WITH YOUR EARS AND HEAR WITH YOUR EYES.
BEFORE PINK FLOYD,
THE WIZ MET MARC ARNO
Almost 30 years before DARK-OZ, I was a DJ at America's
original Underground FM, where one night I also mixed an
Alternative Soundtrack for a local televised OZ event.
Because I used a variety of Artists, my version had/(has)
400+ magic Sync Points! As a result, I became/(still am)
"the Highest-Rated DJ at the Original Underground FM".
The daily experience of Underground Radio was a mind-blowing
excursion into imagination. Music Lover DJs were set free to
explore all Genres of Music, mixing and matching and seguing
combinations of songs and artists in amazing long sets.
Every day was TRIPLE-M... a Maximum Music Mix!
Soon, Big Media bought up radio and it became a Big Money biz.
They brought in computers and robots to play "safe" fear-based
payola playlists, even replaced Music with vile/boring Talk Jocks.
Variety was our Spice Of Life. Radio Execs destroyed the flavour.
Radio is Commercial, not Talent.
Hip-Hop is mainly a Bad Attitude.
And video killed the radio star.
Sad few broadcast stations remain with more than Top 40 hits.
Today's Radio sucks so bad, we turn to satellites and iPods.
Kids scour The Web hungry to find SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
Illegal downloads do lead to legit sales. iTunes is brilliant.
The only way to discover New Music now is WORD OF MOUTH.
TWO DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES
DARK-OZ is unique, uncanny (and almost spooky), as the
ONE Album that works so perfectly with this ONE Movie.
My own UNDERGROUND IN OZ is a Classic Rock Mix
exactly as it was performed *LIVE! on the radio* at
KMPX-FM in San Francisco on Easter Sunday 1971.
Whether you try it, or find a sync'd copy of DARK-OZ,
or perhaps one day shall actually see my UNDERGROUND
IN OZ, *and* whether you enjoy this Sync Experience
or not, I can absolutely positively can guarantee you
will honestly say....
TELL TED TURNER YOU WANT TO SEE
"UNDERGROUND IN OZ"
OR YOU CONTACT ME DIRECTLY
AND WE WILL TELL HIM TOGETHER!
EXTENSIVE DARK OZ SYNC LIST
First Play of CD
1) Sychronicity begins when the song changes from "Speak to Me" to "Breathe", which happens precisely as the name of producer Mervyn LeRoy fades onto the screen.
2) "Breath, breath in the air", Auntie Em bends over the chicken pen with a sour look on her face.
3) "Don't be afraid to care", as concerned Dorothy looks back and forth.
4) "Leave, but don't leave me ...", as Auntie Em turns and appears to say "Leave" to Dorothy - so Dorothy turns and leaves.
5) "... Look around ...", Dorothy looks around.
6) "... and choose your own ground", as scene changes to a farmhand (Scarecrow) sitting on the ground.7) "... tears you'll cry... ", when the Scarecrow/Farmer hurts his hand.
8) "... All you touch ...", as Dorothy touches Farmhand (Cowardly Lion) on the arm.
9) "Dig that hole ...", a farmhand (Scarecrow) points at the ground.
10) "... When at last the work is done ...", farmhand (Scarecrow) hits his finger with the hammer, right on the drum beat, and his work is done.
11) "Don't sit down ...", so Dorothy doesn't sit, rather stands on the stool.
12) another one and Toto jumps on the stool!
13) "... high you fly", Dorothy has her arms
extended as if she can fly.
14) "... Balanced on the biggest wave ...", Dorothy is balancing on the fence.
15) "... race towards an early grave", and then Dorothy falls off the fence.
16) While singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", Dorothy's eyes follow the sounds of airplanes and helicopters from one side of the screen to the other.
17) Elvira Gulch (Wicked Witch) appears on her bicycle at the precise moment the chimes in "Time" start, and ends her ride when chimes stop.
18) Uncle Henry paints in time with the gongs.
19) Uncle Henry snaps his fingers on the first chord of "Time" for a bold transition to interior of Dorothy's house.
20) Dorothy and the others move as if dancing to the music.
21) "... You fritter and waste the hours in an off hand way ...", Uncle Henry shrugs at how Ms. Gulch wastes time over Toto.
22) "Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town ...", Toto peeks his head out of the bicycle basket and looks down at the ground. A moment later he jumps out and lands on the ground.
23) "... Waiting for someone or something to show you the way ...", Toto reappears in Dorothy's window - to show her the way!
24) "... Tired of lying in the sunshine ...", Dorothy lowers her head next to Toto and for that precise moment they are both lying in the sunshine.
25) "... and there is time to kill today ...", Dorothy hugs Toto close with concern of how close he came to being killed.
26) "... and then one day you find ...", as Dorothy reaches under the bed to find her suitcase.
27) "... Ten years have got behind you ...", and we see Dorothy from behind.
28) "... No one told you when to run ...", Dorothy is running away from home.
29) The scene changes as the guitar solo in "Time" begins.
30) The bridge Dorothy crosses is triangle-shaped like the prism on the cover of "The Dark Side of the Moon".
31) As "Time" continues, see the words "Past, Present, and Future on the side of Professor Marvel's wagon.
32) "... to come up behind you again ...", as Professor Marvel comes up behind Dorothy.
33) "... but you're older ...", and Professor Marvel is older!
34) "Shorter of breath and one day closer to death", then Professor Marvel does not blow out the match (shorter of breath), he shakes it out. (extinguishing a flame signifies death)
35) "... Or half a page of scribbled lines ...", referring to the photo that Professor Marvel sneaks from Dorothy's basket.
36) "... Hanging on in quiet desperation ...", Dorothy looks desperate as she quietly listens to Professor Marvel.
37) "... Home, home again ...", Professor Marvel is telling Dorothy she should go home again.
38) "... to hear the softly spoken magic spell ...", as Dorothy decides to leave Professor Marvel, the magic spell ends. She grabs her hand-basket right on the word "magic". (Going to Hell in a handbasket?)
39) "And I am not frightened of dying ...", as the tornadoappraches.
40) Claire Torry's task was to sing a song about death ... with no lyrics! Her wailing, moaning vocals match the emotional setting and actions of the entire tornado sequence.
41) The window is blown in and hits Dorothy on the head, knocking her unconscious. Her arm falls to the bed on "Oh", and Dorothy begins her dream-world "trip" to Oz.
42) "The Great Gig in the Sky" plays during the entire tornado scene, including while the house is in the sky!
43) Dorothy opens her bedroom door on the last note of "The Great Gig in the Sky". Really nice transition!
44) The cash register at the beginning of "Money" rings as Dorothy opens the door to the beautiful, money-green colored Munchkin Land.
45) "Money, get back ...", and Dorothy turns her back to the camera.
46) "Don't give me that do-goody-good BULLSHIT",and Glenda the (Do-Gooder) Good Witch approaches in her bubble.
47) "... I think I need a Lear jet ...", as Glenda arrives in her bubble . . . a bubble-jet?!?
48) When Glenda points her wand at Toto, he stands up on cue, as the saxophone sounds like it's saying "Toto". You have to pay close attention to catch it.
49) Glenda looks like she is fingering the frets of a guitar at points during guitar solo.
50) The Munchkins move in during the guitar solo of "Money", then Soldiers march in time with the music.
51) "Share it, fairly, but don't take a slice of my pie", as one Munchkin hands Dorothy some flowers.
52) During the beginning of "Us and Them", the music is very somber as the Munchkin Coroner unfurls his "Certificate of Death".
53) Munchkin officials appear to be talking along with the voices on the CD.
54) "Us ... us .... us ...", as the ballerinas enter.
55) "... and them ...", as ballerinas gesture to crowd behind them.
56) The Lollipop Guild sings "... me, me, me and you, you, you ...", to Dorothy as their pelvic thrusting jerks in time with the music.
57) "Forward he cried, from the rear...", as if the Munchkins sing just that.
58) "... and the lines on the map moved from side to side ...", when the Wicked Witch appears in a puff of smoke, causing Munchkins to move aside.
59) "Black and blue ...", is a fashion statement on Witch and Dorothy wardrobes.
60) "... And who knows which is which...", (witch is which / which is Witch?)
61) "... up, up, up, and down, down, down ...", follows as the Witch raises her broom and goes down the steps.
62) "Haven't you heard, it's a battle of words? ...", Glenda whispers to Dorothy, then returns to her verbal battle with the Wicked Witch.
63) "... And in the end it's only round and round...", as Glenda points her wand at Dorothy's feet as they turn round.
64) "... said the man with the gun ...", just as the Witch points her finger at Dorothy like a gun!
65) "Down ...", and Dorothy looks down.
66) "and out ... ", as Glenda leaves the scene in her bubble. (and out she goes!)
67) "... with, with, with ... without ...", while Dorothy steps onto the Yellow Brick Road holding Toto. On "... without", she puts Toto down.
68) "... Get out of the way, it's a busy day, I've got things on my mind ...", as the crowd of Munchkins parts to make way for Dorothy to leave.
69) Sublime segue from "Us and Them" to "Any Colour You Like".
70) "... Got to keep the loonies on the path ...", Dorothy and Scarecrow are actually sitting on the Yellow Brick Path.
71) "... The lunatic is on the grass ...", when the Scarecrow, stuffed with grass, lands on his (gr)ass!
72) Is Scarecrow singing "If I Only Had a Brain"? or "Brain Damage"!?!
73) "... and if there is no room upon the hill ...": Scarecrow touches the top of his hat, which is round like the top of a hill.
74) "And if your head explodes ...", when Scarecrow "explodes" up in the air.
75) "... you make the change ...", as the scene changes.
76) "... and throw away the key", at the apple trees, Scarecrow appears to throw something.
77) "... There's someone in my head but it's not me ...", Dorothy does look slightly demented as she reaches up to pluck an apple. (Eve and "forbidden fruit"?)
78) "... you shout and no-one seems to hear", as if Apple Trees are shouting at Dorothy.
79) (crazy laughter) and Dorothys eyes get big when she sees the Tin Man's foot.
80) "... all that you touch ...", as Dorothy again touches a man's arm (Tin Man).
81) "... all you mistrust ...", as Scarecrow takes oil can away from Dorothy.
82) "... beg, borrow, or steal ...", and we hold on Tin Man (steel, get it?)
83) Dorothy puts her ear against the Tin Man's chest to the sound of a heartbeat at the end of the album.
Second Loop of CD
84) CD starts again with the sound of a heartbeat as Tin Man lipsings "If I Only Had a Heart".
85) MULTIPLE: Superior cluster of scene/syncs as Tin Man straightens his leg and dances to CD music.
86) "... Breathe, breath in the air ...", as Tin Man sits down and takes very deep breaths.
87) "Look around ...", Trio sense arrival of the Wicked Witch and look around.
88) "... and high you fly ...", Witch on top of the house with her flying broom.
89) "... Run, rabbit , run ...", as Witch tosses a fireball at Scarecrow.
90) "Dig that hole ...", just as Scarecrow lands on his back
91) Zoom sound as Cowardly Lion shakes his head quickly to clear it.
92) "Hahhhh ....", matches the Cowardly Lion laugh.
93) Superb sequence as Cowardly Lion follows moving sounds across screen, followed by crashing sound as Scarecrow hits the ground.
94) The Quartet dances away in perfect sync with "Time"'s drum score.
95) "... And there is time to kill today ...", while Witch plots to kill Dorothy with deadly Poppies.
96) "... to come up behind you again ...", as the Scarecrow stands up behind Dorothy.
97) "... Shorter of breath and one day closer to death...", during Cowardly Lion's exhauted pause and collapse.
98) "... Home ..." as Dorothy sits up, "... home again ...", as Cowardly Lion sits up.
99) "... be here when I Can", when Dorothy points at Tin Man. (Did you notice, earlier in forest, when Lion asks Tin Man "How long can you stay fresh in that CAN?")
100) "... cold and tired ...", Cold = Snow , Tired = Poppies. Junkie-speak?
101) "... It's good to warm my bones beside the fire", and we see what looks like flames of blue and red in the Wicked Witch's crystal ball.
102) "Far away across the field ...", and poppy field reappears on the word field.
103) "... calls the faithful ...", as the Scarecrow looks up at the heavens, looks around as if he can hear it!
104) "...To hear the softly spoken magic spell" while Quartet bounce out of poppy field back onto the Yellow Brick Road, the Witch's spel broken.
105) The "Money" cash register rings again as the Wicked Witch sky-writes "SURRENDER DOROTHY" in smoke.
106) "Money" plays within the money-green Emerald City.
107) "... make a stash ...", describes Doorman's big fake mustache.
108) Inside the Palace, Cowardly Lion sings along with "Don't give me that do-goody-good Bullshit", "... I think I need a Lear jet", acts out all of the lyrics, even appears to conduct the music!!
109) "God only knows ...", as Scarecrow bows before the "Great and Powerful Oz". His hands touch the floor precisely on the word "God"! (IF your sync holds)
110) "... and the front rank died", as Cowardly Lion topples over.
111) "Black and blue ...", Scarecrow in black, Dorothy in blue.
112) "... up, up, up, and down, down, down ...", as Cowardly Lion runs up the hall and crashes down through the window. Fade to black on "down".
113) "... the man with the gun ...", Scarecrow is actually pointing a gun!
114) "... With ... without ...", Winged Monkey snatches away Toto.
115) " ... You make the change ...", as Scarecrow, Lion and Tin Man tackle Guards and change into their uniforms.
116) Tin Man chops on the heavy wooden door to rescue Dorothy in rhythm with the booming sound of the drum.
117) "... all you mistrust ...", as castle doors slam shut tight.
118) "... and everyone you fight ...", as Scarecrow and Tin Man chop the rope to drop chandelier on Guards.
Third Loop of CD
119) "... breath in the air ...", as Toto pulls back curtain, giving the Wizard "the air".
120) " Look around ...", so all our Quartet turn to see who is behind that curtain.
121) "... it's time to dig another one", as the Wizard points down.
122) "... high you fly ...", and the Wizard touches his finger to the side of his nose, just like Santa when he wants to fly. (double entendre: closes one nostril, as if to inhale a substance that could make him "fly high")
123) "... you race toward an early grave", as Wizard offers Scarecrow a diploma, which looks uncomfortably like the scroll the coroner had earlier.
124) Wizard presents Scarecrow with his "Doctorate of Thinkology" which inspires Scarecrow to solve an "isosceles triangle" theorum. (Theory is: how many more TRIANGLE references can there be in this Movie?)
125) Zooming sound when Wizard pulls Lion's Medal from bag of tricks.
126) (spoken words and maniacal laughter) "Live for today, gone tomorrow, that's me ........ hahahahahahaha ..........", while Wizard removes Tin Man's new "heart" (a clock) from his little black bag and presents it to him, with a ticking sound as Tin Man lets others listen to the tick!
127) (maniacal laughter) Dorothy has a cheesy smile on her face.
128) Slick transition to hot-air balloon exactly on alarms at the beginning of "Time". Time for Dorothy to go home!
129) "... Waiting for someone or something to show you the way ...", once again Dorothy waits for someone, this time Glenda, to show her the way.
130) "... behind you again ..." and Glenda is behind Dorothy.
131) "... but you're older ...", when Dorothy waves Toto's paw at Glenda, who is older.
132) "... closer to death ..." as Dorothy clicks her heels together 3 times. This one is just downright spooky.
133) "Thought I'd something more to say", as Dorothy wakes up she's silently mouthing "... there's no place like home ..."
134) "I like to be here when I can", when Professor Marvel (The Wizard) appears in her window.
135) "... cold and tired ...", Dorothy is lying on her bed covered with a blanket!
136) "... Calls the faithful to their knees ...", as Dorothy shakes her fist dramatically. Two farmhands, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man, are on their knees.
137) " ... to hear .." Dorothy points at the two farm hands ("two here"!)
138) "... the softly spoken ...", Dorothy points at Cowardly Lion farm hand, who is most definitely soft-spoken.
139) "... magic ...", just as Dorothy points at Professor Marvel (The Wizard!)
140) "... spells", Dorothy touches her own head. She has been under a "spell".
141) "And I am not frightened of dying ...", First fade to black - on the word "dying".
142) "Why should I be frightened of dying?" Second fade to black - on the word "dying" again!
CD and Movie do not end in perfect
Additional psycholosophy observations
from the kewl doods who first compiled above Sync List.
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