The Album-Movie Sync

An album-movie sync (or audio-visual synchronicity) occurs when random audio selections are combined with random video selections, as in the pairing of an album and movie. Technically, they are referred to as such only when a particular pairing results in an audio /visual interplay that looks as though the two were meant for each other. There are many such pairings, and the most famous of these is the pairing of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz (1939). On this page is a list of album-movie syncs that combine the music of Pink Floyd with an Oz movie. For more audio /visual synchronicities see:
The Pink Floyd Audio /Visual Synchronicities Database

Oz-Floyd Album-Movie Syncs:

***** The Wizard of Oz (1939) paired with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon (Dark Side of Oz)

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To date, MGM's The Wizard of Oz is still the most popular adaptation of Baum's novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It stars Judy Garland as Dorothy, a Kansas farm girl, who is taken "over the rainbow" and into the magical land of Oz, where she must deal with a nasty witch, and seek out a wizard, who can supposedly help her get back to Kansas.
  There are different variations of exactly when one should start the album, as well as different opinions on what to do when the album finishes. The most common method is to start Dark Side of the Moon after the MGM lion has roared a third time. (The third roar method) I've found that with a combination of the second roar and third roar methods, the quality of this sync can be significantly improved. For more detailed instructions, see PinkSyncsWithOz: Instructions.
  You'll likely miss many of the coincidences in this particular sync, if you are unfamiliar with either the album or the movie. So before you try Dark Side of Oz, it is a good idea to look over the list of coincidences.

***** Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013) paired with the Atom Heart Mother Suite by Pink Floyd (Atom Heart Oz)

Oscar Diggs and witches of Oz Oz: The Great and Powerful is a Disney prequel to Baum's 1900 children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. There are also parallels to the 1939 MGM classic motion picture. It stars James Franco as Oscar Diggs, a 1905 Kansas carnival magician, who is swept away by a tornado to the magical land of Oz. Here, he meets three witches, and because his magic tricks help convince them that he is a real wizard, he gets into the middle of a power struggle amongst these three witches, for control of the kingdom.
  Start the Atom Heart Mother suite when the main title appears in the movie, and continue until the beginning of Track 2, on the Atom Heart Mother album.
  I like to call this one short but sweet, or "short but suite", for a little pun fun. In terms of a/v interplay, it's as close to perfect as a sync can be, and it doesn't require much understanding of the movie or the album to fully appreciate it (as opposed to Dark Side of Oz). Somewhat disappointing is the fact that this synchronicity only continues for half the album, or what was Side A of the original vinyl.

*** The Wiz (1978) paired with Pink Floyd's Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Wizard at the Gates of Emerald City)

the wiz   Despite the success of the stage version of this musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz was not a hit at the box office. The movie drags horribly, and probably wouldn't have been too bad, if they had cut at least half an hour more from what they ended up with, when it was released. Despite its shortcomings, the movie offers us an interesting take on how the concept of the inner city had changed from the time of Baum to the 1970s, when this adaptation came out. To Baum's Dorothy, the city was a place of wonder and fascination, but also a place of glossed over decadence. By the 1970s, the sheen of former glory days had long since worn off, and the inner city could be a scarey place, especially at night. And if the city was a place where people were given over to frivolity and idleness in Baum's day, then this was even more so in the later ruins of a civilization built around the pursuit of finding newer and better ways to kill time.
  Start Piper at the Gates of Dawn after Toto runs outside, as soon as Dorothy runs out after him (almost 12 minutes into the movie). To test that it's synced properly, I've listed a few coincidences below.

>Ginger, Ginger, you're a witch -heard as good witch transfers shoes from dead witch to Dorothy's feet.
>There was a king who ruled the land -heard as Munchkins begin song "He's the Wiz".
>Song "Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk" heard as gang of crows "crucifies" Scarecrow.
>Song "Scarecrow" begins as Tin Man begins his song "Slide Some Oil to Me".

PinkSyncsWithOz: Best Sequences:

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