The Most Comprehensive List of Pink Floyd Movie Connections on the Web
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Originally Introduced 16.04.1998 --- Latest Movie Sync Revealed 16.04.13 --- Last Updated 16.04.13
Significant Updates 07.11.1998, 16.04.2000, 21.12.2001, 31.12.2001, 20.02.2002 (20:02 EST), 16.04.2002, 16.06.2002, 21.12.2002, 01.02.03, 03.03.03, 16.04.2003, 08.05.03, 11.07.03, 16.04.04, 11.07.04, 12.08.04, 20.10.04, 07.11.04, 21.12.04, 01.01.2005, 16.04.2005, 09.03.06, 16.04.06, 18.09.06, 21.12.07, 16.04.08, 07.11.08, 16.04.09, 09.09.09, 20.10.2010, 07.11.10, 11.11.11, 21.12.11, & 21.12.12
Moved to MovieSyncs.com on 09.09.09
During the latter part of 1997, I heard a rumor that when Pink Floyd's masterpiece Dark Side of the Moon (DSotM) is played while watching the 1939 film classic The Wizard of Oz (TWoO), several connections or synchronicities between the two appear. These connections included the lyrics, the song titles, the mood and timing of the music, and even the cover art. A friend of mine sent me a list of several connections, and I became immediately intrigued. That night I bought a copy of the film and tried the experiment. It was absolutely fantastic! It was way better than I had envisioned. I was extremely impressed with how well the synchronicities lasted through the entire album. So, after watching a few more times, I was absolutely convinced that it was an intentional creation by the band. (I am definitely in the minority in regards to this. Most people think it's all a coincidence.) As an engineer, I asked myself a simple question, "How would they accomplish this task?" They would have to obtain a reel of the film and a projector. How hard would that be for a successful rock band to do? Not that hard considering they had friends in the movie business. Pink Floyd had performed on at least three movie soundtracks already with More, Zabriskie Point, and La Vallee (The Valley Obscured by Clouds). How did Pink Floyd get the idea? Consider this quote taken from the CD booklet for the Zabriskie Point Soundtrack (page 24) when Don Hall describes how Jerry Garcia created one of the songs: "We went into the large studio at M-G-M, which they usually used for the symphony orchestras. And Jerry sat there by himself, on a stool, laying it down. They had the love scene on a loop, and he played live while the film was running. He didn't want to do it away from the film and then cut things in. He played right to every single shot in the scene. That's why there are certain notes over certain frames, over people moving in the desert. He played right while watching it. It was miraculous -- pure genius." Has the band left clues to point to the DSotM/TWoO synchronization? Consider these facts listed in the Shine On book from the box set: "1969 - Judy Garland found dead in her London flat. 1971 - Editors of OZ are charged with obscenity at the Old Bailey. 1971 - Pink Floyd premiere 'Eclipse,' later to be named 'The Dark Side of the Moon' at the Rainbow Theatre." I don't think I need to remind anyone about the biggest song of TWoO, "Somewhere over the Rainbow."
The thing I noticed about DSotM was that the album had one central theme and the songs flowed from one to the other, unlike most rock albums that have distinct breaks between songs. I then realized that several Pink Floyd albums exhibit the same characteristics of one central theme, songs flowing together, and elaborate artwork. I thought to myself, if they truly created the DSotM/TWoO Synchronization, then maybe they did it again. I went to visit my friend Jeff Stillman, who knows a lot about movies, to tell him my thoughts. I wanted to create a list of the biggest, most popular, or most important movies of all time. Our list was something like this: Gone with the Wind, Casablanca, It's a Wonderful Life, The Ten Commandments, and The Sound of Music. So, I went to video store and rented a bunch of movies. The main album I was targeting was Wish You Were Here (WYWH), the follow-up of DSotM. I remember trying Animals with Animal Farm that night. It didn't work. However, my friend Jeff found a connection between Wish You Were Here and one of our listed movies. He told me about it the next day, and after a week or so, he had written up an excellent essay explaining the connections, which is included on this page. From this point further, I began my search for a movie synchronization for each Pink Floyd album, and this web page is the result of my efforts. I only include on this page what I feel are intentional syncs created by the band.
A few new movie syncs were discovered in 2010-2013. On this web page, I present a total of 36 intentional Pink Floyd syncs spanning 22 albums. Additionally, I reveal 30 movie syncs with 25 solo/duo/other albums. To enjoy a sync, simply play the chosen movie with the sound turned off, and play the appropriate CD at the same time. Turning on the captions can enhance the experience. Specific instructions for each sync are given on this web page.
21.12.07 - Well, it's hard to believe that it has been 10 years since I was introduced to the Dark Side of the Moon / The Wizard of Oz synchronicity (or synchronization). It's also been 10 years since I discovered my first seven Pink Floyd syncs with It's a Wonderful Life, Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Gigi, Doctor Zhivago, Sayonara, and The Sound of Music. That period of time was very exciting and rewarding for me. I really felt that I had broken new ground in music entertainment, not by combining random music albums with movies, but by actually unlocking the clues left by Pink Floyd in the artwork, the lyrics, the song titles, and the themes. Now, ten years later, with 120 intentional movie syncs found, the majority of them by me, I am still enthusiastic and excited about this amazing form of art. The question that I ponder is whether or not these discoveries will ever gain widespread acceptance.
I've had a great deal of satisfaction and fun trying to crack the code. This journey has led me to consider other bands that were connected to Pink Floyd in some way. The most obvious connection was with Alan Parsons, the engineer on Dark Side of the Moon. He was intimately aware of and involved in the creation of this sync. This led him to form The Alan Parsons Project with musician and song writer Eric Woolfson. This fruitful venture produced many great syncs.
The most intriguing link is to The Beatles. In 2003, someone was posting messages on a popular sync website claiming to have inside knowledge of the creation of some movie syncs. The biggest claim was that Pink Floyd were not the first to sync but rather got the idea from someone else. In not so many words, the poster was hinting towards The Beatles. This is not such a far stretch, since both bands have recorded many albums at Abbey Road studios, and they actually met each other while The Beatles were recording Sgt. Pepper's and Pink Floyd were recording their first album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. I believe this is where the idea was shared between the two bands. Who actually came up with the idea will probably never be known. One thing's for sure, they are all good at keeping secrets.
Radiohead, for whatever reason, has been a popular source for many sync experiments even before I realized their true involvement. [Radiohead is yet another group that has utilized the] Abbey Road studios. See a pattern? I started testing their music with movies around the end of 2003. Much to my delight, these other sync enthusiasts were right about Radiohead. The torch has been passed.
Recently, I've been devoting a lot of my syncing time to the music of Paul McCartney. I've also been looking at the solo works of George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon. The first sync of any artist is usually the hardest to solve because I'm not really sure if he actually did it or not. It's quite possible that after The Beatles went their separate ways, some of them might have abandoned the syncs, never to return to the art form. Until someone discovers one, there's no way to be certain. I keep searching...
Where do we go from here? These ten years of discovery have been awesome, but eventually the end of the rainbow will be reached. My 2008 New Year's resolution is to make more of an effort spreading the theory to others through various means. Part of my problem is that I really enjoy spending my hobby time on the hobby itself, not writing about it. So, I apologize for writing so little the last ten years, but I really want people to dive into the heart of the topic by actually trying some of these syncs, not just reading about them. What saddens me the most is that this window in history is closing. With the advent of iPods and buying singles instead of whole albums, this art form is fading away. Many people are so over-entertained and have such short attention spans that they don't appreciate the subtleness of the sync art form. I can't believe how many people say that Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz is not obvious enough. I really feel sorry for them.
What I really wonder is what do the members of these great bands think about the lack of propagation of their sync creations. Are they disappointed? They have dedicated their professional lives to not only creating great music that is enjoyed by millions but also to crafting the music in such a way to fit to movies. The syncs are truly extraordinary works of art, but so few people are truly experiencing them. I feel very privileged to be one of the few who enjoys these wonderful creations. Thank you for all your hard work.
Andrew C. Wendland
21.12.12 - Well, the story continues on... It's been 15 years since my first sync discoveries, and I'm still going strong. With the total number of syncs reaching 185, we've added 65 new ones over the last 5 years. This was accomplished by further expanding the theory to include more artists.
The first new addition has been Oasis. With their strong ties to Paul McCartney and Abbey Road, it seemed like a logical choice. The first CD I targeted was their last studio project, Dig Out Your Soul, which included elaborate artwork with the CD packaging. I was pleasantly surprised to find a sync with this one. I'm still searching for syncs for their earliest albums. I've tried some interesting combos, but haven't hit the mark yet. Now with the band members going their separate ways, we'll see what paths these new projects will take. So far I like what they're doing.
The next significant addition has been Ringo Starr. He's the second Beatle that I've been able to confirm continuing the syncs after The Beatles went their separate ways. His most obvious clue was this year with "Ringo 2012" and the movie "2012" from a few years ago. I found a handful of syncs so far, but I wish his earlier albums had more clues. I think his albums are going to be challenging for me over the next few years.
As for George and John, we'll have to see. I haven't cracked the code yet, but I haven't spent nearly as much time on their solo works as the other artists, since they are no longer with us. Once I find one, the motivation for me to find more will grow. Of course, I should mention that John's sons Julian and Sean have been busy creating syncs. I wonder who shared the secret with them.
Finally, the most surprising addition is the one I'm adding to the site today. This newly sync-creating band, also my personal favorite band, is RUSH. I'm not going to theorize publicly why this band was brought into the fold by the others, but I'm sure glad that they were. And I bet that they are as well. I started noticing the last few years that Rush CD's and concert DVD's were coming out on the same days as material from other bands mentioned on this site (such as Pink Floyd). At first, I wrote it off as coincidental, but later a pattern started to emerge. Then, the Time Machine tour with its elaborate video productions seemed to be pointing towards something more. Finally, while enjoying their latest concert at the Palace of Auburn Hills of the Clockwork Angels tour, it finally hit me. The combination of the elaborate story-telling through video and song, the inclusion of their first-ever string ensemble on stage, and the clues in the album artwork, they gave me the strong desire to search for a sync. It didn't take too long to find a really good one in my opinion. Now I needed a link or connection between Rush and one of the bands above. I did a little web search and found that Alex Lifeson apparently met David Gilmour during his On an Island tour. Lo and behold, Alex actually thanks David Gilmour in the liner notes of the Snakes & Arrows CD. How did I miss that before! So, the connection I needed was confirmed. The torch has been passed.
Thank you to all the members and staff of these bands for creating the wonderful syncs that we enjoy!
Andrew C. Wendland
16.04.13 - Today we celebrate the 15th Anniversary of this web page. We have a new sync from each group this time. Enjoy! Also, my friend Harry Rooster has created his second sync between his 2012 release Foreign Land and the film Outsourced. This time he covered most of the movie with 17 songs. He didn't intentionally write the songs to loop until the end; however, the themes of the songs fit pretty well when repeated. Once again, he created an interesting work of art with plenty of connections throughout. It was a lot of fun to experience this sync. Thank you, Harry, and keep up the good work.
On a different note, my uncle Rick and I enjoyed an awesome Yes concert on 12.04.13 at the Fox Theater in downtown Detroit. They played three of their classic albums fully: Close to the Edge, The Yes Album, and Going for the One. We had a great time as we were about 10 rows from the stage. Each member of the band sounded excellent. What a show!
16.04.12 - I sometimes find it hard to believe that I've been doing this hobby for more than 14 years. I just celebrated my 40th birthday recently, so that means I've had this hobby for over 1/3 of my life. I still enjoy it, and I find it challenging and rewarding. Sometimes the syncs come easily to me, and other times they take years to figure out. I wish there were more people out there trying to unlock these secrets, but unfortunately, it's only a really small group right now. Come join the hunt!
16.04.11 - Back in 1997, my friend Harry sent me a list of connections between Dark Side of the Moon and The Wizard of Oz, which was the spark that ignited my interest in music & movie synchronicities. Using the name Rooster, he has written, performed, and recorded many songs over the years. Inspired by the popular Pink Floyd sync and by my suggestion, Harry Rooster recently created a sync of his own between his new album Mystery of Science and the film Real Genius. I was very impressed with his sync creation. It was awesome! I was surprised that he repeated the songs throughout the film, and the sync connections continued throughout. I can only assume that this took him a long time to create. It really was filled with a lot of connections, matches, themes, and sound effects. It was very enjoyable to listen to as well as watch. He has developed into a talented song writer, musician, and producer. Thank you, Harry, for expanding this art form.
07.11.10 - The Wall performed live by Roger Waters and his band was fantastic. From the beginning until the end the concert was amazing. I can't express in words the emotions I felt throughout the show. I was definitely choked up during the part where the fallen heroes were shown. The stage, the props, the lighting, the effects, the music, especially the music... everything was outstanding. My wife and I enjoyed the entire experience. Thank you, Roger.
A sync fan, Tyler Buffett, suggested that Alice in Wonderland (2010) would sync with a new The Wall Live album, if it were released. He was on the right track, but who could have predicted a new Syd Barrett compilation was on the horizon? Nice try, Tyler.
20.10.2010 - My intuition was correct: The new compilation "An Introduction to Syd Barrett" syncs with "Alice in Wonderland" (2010). It is fascinating how these wizards sequence these compilations to fit to movies. Hope you enjoy this one. By the way, the version of Matilda Mother on this CD has alternate lyrics with "nine, nine, nine" in the middle, and "999" is on the green door in the booklet. My sync website moved to MovieSyncs.com on 09.09.09. This could be a clue. On a different note, I am very much looking forward to the Roger Waters concert this weekend where he'll be performing The Wall. Remember that the original album syncs with Alice in Wonderland (1951). Anybody out there seeing these overlapping connections?
10.10.10 - Soon a compilation CD will be released called "An Introduction to Syd Barrett." The artwork is intriguing and reminds me of two movies. The first one I will focus on is Alice in Wonderland (2010). The second one is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). Both are directed by Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp. As soon as I receive the CD, I will be attempting to sync it with these films.
10.05.10 - I have two tickets to see Roger Waters perform The Wall Live on Sunday, 24.10.10, at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The seats are located in Section 122, Row R, Seats 15 & 16. I am really looking forward to this show!
16.04.09 - I am pleased to reveal two new syncs on the 11th Anniversary of The Pink Floyd Movie Synchronization Story. The first sync consists of a film, which about 11 years ago won 11 Academy Awards. The film is the 1997 blockbuster Titanic. And not to be outdone, the second sync consists of a film, which was the first to earn 11 Academy Awards. That film is the 1959 classic Ben-Hur. A big clue was given by Nick Mason when he talked about this film in interviews.
07.11.08 - We were saddened by the passing of the legendary musician Richard Wright earlier this year. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends.
16.04.08 - Click here for my short bio.
Todd Ellis, a major contributor to these sync discoveries, is getting married to Laura Dickinson on 07.10.06. I am honored to be one of the groomsmen.
The weather was perfect for the beautiful outdoor wedding, and everything turned out very well. Everyone had fun at the reception, dancing the night away. Congratulations to the newlyweds!
I have two tickets to see Roger Waters live on Monday, 18.09.06, at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Stase and I will be sitting in Section F, Row 10, Seats 11 & 12. These seats are on the main floor. I predict that this will be a great show!
The Roger Waters show was fantastic. It was even better than I had envisioned. It goes without saying that the sound quality, the lighting, the visual presentations, and everything that comes with it was top-notch excellent. The show primarily consisted of classic Pink Floyd songs, including the entire Dark Side of the Moon. Roger did play some of his solo works, including one of my favorites, Perfect Sense. He also performed a new song, which made me wish he'd do another rock album in the near future. I must admit that I do enjoy listening to Ca Ira from time to time; however, rock is still my favorite. All in all, Roger and his band put on a great performance.
I have two tickets to see David Gilmour live on Thursday, 13.04.06, at The Rosemont Theatre in Chicago. Stase and I will be sitting in Section 103, Row F, Seats 5 & 6. These seats are really close to the stage. I'm really looking forward to this show.
The David Gilmour show was spectacular. It exceeded my expectations in every way. From the sound quality to the lighting effects, from the musicianship to the song selection, from the beginning to the end, this was a fabulous show. The first part of the show consisted of songs from David's new album. The second part consisted of classic Pink Floyd music, including my three favorites: Wish You Were Here, Time, and Echoes. I am so thankful that I was fortunate enough to get tickets to this show. It was nice to see Richard Wright perform as well. After the show, a group of fans were gathering around the rear entrance to the theatre. There were three white unmarked vans behind a temporary barrier. After only a short wait, the band exited the building and loaded up in the vans. The fans cheered, and that's when I held up my sign that read "CAST AWAY." I'm pretty sure that David and his wife (and maybe Richard) saw me and my sign; well, at least I hope they did. That was the icing on the cake for me.
David Gilmour's new CD "On an Island" was released on 06.03.06. My first guess for a sync was with the movie "Cast Away" with Tom Hanks. My guess was right...
On April 16, 2005, I asked my girlfriend Stase Schwartz to marry me, and she accepted. We are planning to get married on 11.11.05. And believe it or not, she enjoys watching syncs with me.
Well, it's official. Stase and I got married on 11.11.05 in Northville, Michigan. The reception followed in my childhood hometown of Westland. Everything turned out really nice, and we were so glad to spend this special occasion with our family and friends. David Hoak was the best man, and Todd Ellis was one of the groomsmen.
Our honeymoon was one week at the Bahia Principe Akumal resort in Mexico near Tulum and Playa del Carmen. We visited both of these towns and climbed pyramids at Chichen Itza and Coba. It was the best vacation of our lives.
Thank you, Pink Floyd, for putting aside your differences and performing for Live 8 on 02.07.05. Although I would have liked to have been there, I enjoyed the concert on TV. I feel very fortunate that I saw Pink Floyd live in concert on 14.07.1994 and Roger Waters live in concert on 25.07.1999. In 1994, I had no idea about what was to become my favorite hobby. In 1999, I had no idea about the extent of the secret syncs. As I continue this journey, I want to thank you for all that you have done.
My friends and I went to the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular on July 8, 2004. It was an entertaining show. They even showed clips of The Wizard of Oz and Metropolis during Dark Side of the Moon. Todd, Derek, and I enjoyed the lasers, the images, the music, and the crowd.
My uncle Rick, who had a big influence on my musical tastes, Todd, and I went to The Australian Pink Floyd Show on November 24, 2004. I must say that they put on a great show. The sound quality was excellent, and the band was right on with every note. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was glad to catch this one.
Let me be the first to say, "I survived 'til 2005, so Point Me at the Sky, and let it fly."
For individual syncs, click on an album title or a movie title below. For the entire list of syncs, click on the link at the bottom.
|The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)|
|A Saucerful of Secrets (1968)|
|Ummagumma (1969, 1973)|
|Atom Heart Mother (1970)|
|Obscured by Clouds (1972)|
|Dark Side of the Moon (1973)|
|Wish You Were Here (1975)|
|The Wall (1979)|
|A Collection of Great Dance Songs (1981)|
|The Final Cut (1983, 2004)|
|A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987)|
|Delicate Sound of Thunder (1988)|
|The Division Bell (1994)|
|Is There Anybody Out There? - The Wall Live (2000)|
|Echoes The Best of Pink Floyd (2001)|
|A Foot in the Door - The Best of Pink Floyd (2011)|
|Music of Pink Floyd - Orchestral Maneuvers (1989)|
|Us and Them - Symphonic Pink Floyd (1995)|
|Syd Barrett - The Madcap Laughs (1970)|
|Syd Barrett - Barrett (1970)|
|Syd Barrett - Opel (1988)|
|Syd Barrett - The Best Of - Octopus (1992)|
|Syd Barrett - The Best Of - Wouldn't You Miss Me? (2001)|
|Syd Barrett - An Introduction to Syd Barrett (2010)|
|David Gilmour (1978)|
|David Gilmour - About Face (1984)|
|David Gilmour - On an Island (2006)|
|David Gilmour - Live in Gdansk (2008)|
|The Orb (featuring David Gilmour) - Metallic Spheres (2010)|
|Nick Mason - Fictitious Sports (1981)|
|Nick Mason & Rick Fenn - Profiles (1985)|
|Ron Geesin & Roger Waters - Music from The Body (1970)|
|Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking (1984)|
|Roger Waters & others - When the Wind Blows - Soundtrack (1986)|
|Roger Waters - Radio K.A.O.S. (1987)|
|Roger Waters - Amused to Death (1992)|
|Roger Waters - In the Flesh (2000)|
|Roger Waters - Flickering Flame (2002)|
|Roger Waters - Ca Ira (2005)|
|Richard Wright - Wet Dream (1978)|
|Rick Wright - Broken China (1996)|
|King Kong (1933)|
|Gone with the Wind (1939)|
|The Wizard of Oz (1939)|
|Fantasia (1940, original uncut version)|
|Citizen Kane (1941)|
|It's a Wonderful Life (1946)|
|Alice in Wonderland (1951, animated Disney classic)|
|The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)|
|The War of the Worlds (1952)|
|Rebel without a Cause (1955)|
|The Ten Commandments (1956)|
|Around the World in 80 Days (1956)|
|The Fly (1958)|
|North by Northwest (1959) ***NEW on 21.12.11***|
|The Longest Day (1962)|
|Doctor Zhivago (1965)|
|The Sound of Music (1965)|
|The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1966)|
|Batman The Movie (1966)|
|Planet of the Apes (1967)|
|The Graduate (1967)|
|2001 - A Space Odyssey (1968)|
|The Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968)|
|Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) ***NEW***|
|A Clockwork Orange (1971)|
|One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)|
|The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)|
|King Kong (1976)|
|Star Wars (1977)|
|Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)|
|Apocalypse Now (1979)|
|The Shining (1980)|
|Escape from New York (1981)|
|Chariots of Fire (1981)|
|E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)|
|Blade Runner (1982)|
|War Games (1983)|
|Twilight Zone - The Movie (1983)|
|The Day After (1983) ***NEW on 21.12.12***|
|2010 - The Year We Make Contact (1984)|
|The Abyss (1989)|
|Edward Scissorhands (1990)|
|Apollo 13 (1995)|
|Les Miserables (1995, Claude Lelouch)|
|Les Miserables In Concert - The Dream Cast (1995)|
|Cast Away (2000)|
|A Beautiful Mind (2001) ***NEW on 11.11.11***|
|Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) ***NEW***|
|Star Trek (2009) ***NEW***|
|Alice in Wonderland (2010) ***NEW on 20.10.2010***|
Warning: Clicking the link below will reveal all the syncs.