This is the ‘Star Wars’/Pink Floyd mash-up you’re looking for

J.J. Abrams, you sly dog.

The “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director and all-around nerd culture savior is known for putting Easter Eggs into his films, but this is just creepy.

Some Redditors discovered that if you play Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” record right as the intro credits stop in “The Force Awakens,” some pretty eerie similarities pop up.

Promotional hand out photo of the cover of musical group Pink Floyd's album Dark Side of the Moon, released 1973. CREDIT: Capitol Records. Received 03/25/11 for OpEd.

Promotional hand out photo of the cover of musical group Pink Floyd’s album Dark Side of the Moon, released 1973. CREDIT: Capitol Records.

The running time of the film is 2 hours and 15 minutes, meaning the 42-minute album can be played a total of three times before the film ends. And some of the dialogue and musical cues sync up perfectly. (Some spoilers ahead, obviously).

For instance:

-In “Breathe (In the Air),” the line “Don’t leave me” syncs up perfectly with BB-8 running to attach himself to Poe Dameron’s ship

-The disorienting opening to “On the Run” matches Finn’s growing uncertainty in the middle of the film’s opening battle;

-The “Live for today, gone tomorrow” lyric is heard right before Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) swings his lightsaber to kill Lor San Tekka (Max von Sydow) in the opening action sequence; and

-Some evil cackling from the same song can be heard as Stormtroopers start to torch a village.

And those are just from the first eight minutes. Other examples, as listed by Consequence of Sound, include “I never said I was afraid of dying” being heard as the camera focuses on Han Solo in his final scene and “Brain Damage” seemingly matching the entire final scene where Rey meets Luke Skywalker.

This isn’t the first time a film has matched up with the breakthrough Pink Floyd album. “The Wizard of Oz” is well known for syncing with the album, forming “Dark Side of the Rainbow.” What could the titles be for this mash-up? “Dark Side of the Force Awakens”? “The Force Awakens the Dark Side of the Moon”? “The Dark Side of the Force”? It’s a match made in movie heaven.

While it’s a stretch to imagine Abrams did this on purpose or it’s just a happy coincidence, it’s a fun watch all the same. Check out the first eight minutes on Vimeo below, before it gets taken down. Then fire up the record and film for yourself, and see if there are any more similarities.

 


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