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Serendipity vs. Algorithm

by Critical Commons Manager

The algorithm that created Dark Side of the Rainbow is a simple one, easily repeated or varied by subsequent users: Replace the soundtrack of the Wizard of Oz (1939) with Pink Floyd's 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon, then sit back and watch for moments of uncanny synchronicity. This segment, chosen more or less at random, illustrates one such moment, when the most radical transition in the film (from Kansas to Oz; from B/W to color) coincides with one of the most striking audio transitions on the album between the last song on side A, "The Great Gig in the Sky" and the first song on side B, Money. With no mystery to decode about how the juxtaposition was produced, the pleasures of this remix are experienced solely in the domain of performance rather than in the realm of algorithm.

Dark Side of the Rainbow (excerpt)

A mashup of The Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon reveals uncanny moments of serendipity

from Dark Side of the Rainbow (1993)
Creator: Anonymous Stoners
Distributor: The Internets
Posted by Critical Commons Manager