Humanities fascination with madness and futility, and its power as a source of inspiration and beauty, as demonstrated by one of the most popular albums of all time - PINK FLOYD's "DARK SIDE OF THE MOON," and the band members personal experience with becoming "Lost in the woods."
Created by: PINK FLOYD
Played by: Narada

The Human Condition

Main Quote:
"Us and them,
and after all we're only ordinary men.
Me and you,
God only knows it's not what we would choose to do, to do, to do, to do.
Forward he cried from the rear and the front rank died.
The general sat and the lines on the map moved from side to side"
Us and Them/ Pink Floyd


Relationship to the Core Wave:
Isn't the inability to distinguish between inside and outside the essense of madness? Why is it sometimes so hard to distinguish between genius and insanity, or even to define the difference? Is schitzophrenia a healthy response to a mad society? How could a perfect all powerful diety create such a manifestly imperfect universe? How much of what we consider mad is cultural bias? What is within the limits of sanity, and what is Outside... -- Narada

HammerLogo Game I Core Wave: "The primary distinction between inside and outside."

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    Highlight Quotes

    "I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us...very hard to explain why you're mad, even if you're not mad..."
    Speak To Me / Dark Side of the Moon

    "You lock the door
    And throw away the key
    There's someone in my head but it's not me"

    Brain Damage/ Dark Side of the Moon

    "Actually, there is no dark side of the moon"
    Eclipse / Dark Side of the Moon (and all the rest of the album lyrics)

    "Hey you! Don't help them to bury the light. Don't give in without a fight. Hey you! Out there on your own, sitting naked by the phone. Would you touch me? Hey you! With your ear against the wall, waiting for someone to call out. Would you touch me? Hey you, would you help me to carry the stone? Open your heart. I'm coming home.
    (But it was just a fantasy. The wall was to high, as you can see. No matter how he tried, he could not break free. And the worms ate into his brain.)"

    Hey You / The Wall

    "Beyond the horizon of the place we lived when we were young
    In a world of magnets and miracles
    Our thoughts strayed constantly and without boundary
    The ringing of the division bell had begun"

    High Hopes / The Division Bell

    "I hear radio waves in my head."
    Radio Waves / Radio KAOS

    "The inner world Barrett sought to map was paradoxically surrealistic and vague or literal and pin-point precise in its descriptions. The songs were peopled with the archetypes of his subconscious, called forth in various guises, such as Barrett's 'Scarecrow'. The duality extends to the very quality of the sounds used to evoke this world; mellotrons, plaintive acoustic guitars, piano, disonnant sound effects, string instruments, garbled voices floating in the background. Mirroring the disorienting effects of LSD, Barrett's songs called forth images of both the infinite reaches of space, with its multiplictity of unknown worlds, or the immediately familiar surroundings of his childhood home at 183 Hills Road in Cambridge. In a very few years, Barrett traversed a vast expanse of territory in a relentless quest for musical and lyrical exploration. The combined pressures of sudden fame, excess ingestion of mind altering chemicals, and the onset of a nervous breakdown led to Barrett's dismissal from the band in early 1968. With his replacement, Barrett's teenage friend David Gilmour, Pink Floyd achieved world renown, selling countless millions of albums and playing live in stadia the world over. After two erratic yet brilliant solo albums, 'The Madcap Laughs' in 1969 and the eponymous 'Barrett' in 1970, Barrett renounced music and retired to his childhood home of Cambridge. Since 1974, he has lived in seclusion, shedding his nickname 'Syd' along with all the trappings of pop fame."
    An excerpt from the forthcoming book "Lost in the Woods" by Julian Palacios.

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    DavebyRC I find the lyrics of Dark Side of the Moon uplifting, despite the superficial appearance of cynicism, pessimism, etc. I feel there is great power unleashed in facing the reality of our existensial predicament- gazing into the great yawning maw of infinity that dwarfs our souls with its bright magnificence- understanding with the mind the minds own limitations, and its finite ability to make sense out of the chaos of our situation. The experience of Syd Barrett's breakdown, like the deaths of other rockers, (Brian Jones and Sid Viscious for example), seem to have deepened the lyrics of their companions who continue on.

    -- Narada

    pyramids Deeper

    Music seems to me to be one of the least harmful uses of modern technology. Pink Floyd were one of the first highly successful groups to unleash the power of electronic music.Their sustained popularity, and their unflagging lyrical and musical inspiration, show that they have touched a deep chord of the modern mind. Their explorations of the themes of madness/ drugs/ surrealism/ death/ futility/ etc have kept their songwriting from degenerating into the repetitive formula lyrics that have become the rule for popular music.

    -- Narada

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    On January 16, 1997, James Bovay submitted "The Wizard of Oz." There was not enough time to make it a full move by the close of Game One on January 17th. I am adding the bulk of the text of the submission here so that players can contemplate the miriad of non-linear connections as well as the specific connections it suggests within the inner game.
    Robert C. Cohen GM Game One.

    The Wizard of Oz: In Dorothy's transition to Oz, her friends from Kansas undergo metamorphoses, a physical transformation specifically in which the "outside" physical state changes to symbolize "inner" conditions (eg Ovid, Kafka, Woolf's _Orlando_ etc.). Furthermore all of Oz can likewise be seen as a place where all inner fantasy is externalized.

    Links: 1. Madness: "The Dark Side of the Rainbow" (Move 28) - a new fad which has brought Floyd's classic album back to the record charts. The album and the movie are played simultaneously with surprising results. [Begin "Dark Side of the Moon" at the end of the third roar by the MGM lion. Dorthy falls off fence to "Balanced on the biggest wave, you race towards and early grave." The tornado scene plays to the wailing of "Great Gig in the Sky." "Money" begins just as the movie goes to color and munchkins dance to the guitar solos. The witch appears on the line "Black, black, black." Dorthy bangs on the tin man's chest as the heartbeat sound of the album fades out at the end. And much more. - r.c.c.] This brings us rather easily to the next link,

    2.Synchronicity (Move 36) - Some say that Roger Waters of Pink Floyd personally orchestrated the correlations between Oz and DSOTM. [Or is it synchronicity? - r.c.c.]

    3.Alchemical Gold Frank Baum's original volume was a Populist allegory. The Scarecrow was a symbol of the Grange organizations (farmers' groups), the Cowardly Lion- T.R., The Tin Man- the silver standard, and the Yellow Brick Road as the Populists' ultimate goal, the Gold standard.
    -- James Bovay

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