" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

September 4, 2012

Andras Jones - Who Syncs The Matrix

 Andras Jones
Accidental Initiations
has synced The Who's Lifehouse to the film The Matrix for a very interesting result.
In his own words -
"In 1970 The Who were hard at work on the follow-up to their groundbreaking rock opera Tommy
This project, known as Lifehouse was another rock opera, this one about a dystopian future where overwhelming pollution makes normal human life impossible. 
Instead people live their lives in experience suits where they live out hundreds of lifetimes on "the grid" without ever leaving their homes. 
Lifehouse is the story of a rebellion that takes the form of a
massive interactive rock concert which elevates the world through vibration, leading to the enlightenment of humanity.
Legend has it that the project failed because Pete Townshend didn't just want to make a record but, in fact, wanted to make the vision of Lifehouse a reality. 
Toward this end in the winter of 1971, The Who moved into
The Young Vic theater in London for a series of Lifehouse concerts where the band intended to work out and record the new material with their audience playing a major role in the creation of the piece. 
During these concerts it became clear that Townshend was so deeply IN the project that he couldn't see that it had become a toxic fiasco.
From the 25-plus songs which had been intended for Lifehouse,
The Who and producer Glyn Johns created Who's Next which many consider to be The Who's finest album
For years after, songs from Lifehouse would appear on future Who albums. 
Townshend kept the dream alive, basing his Psychoderelict CD on Lifehouse and eventually mounting a production of Lifehouse for the BBC in 1999, the same year as the release of The Wachowski Siblings' The Matrix.
The idea of syncing the music from Lifehouse with the film
The Matrix seems so obvious that I'm surprised no one has done it before, and when you watch it I'm sure that you will be entertained, inspired and a maybe even a little bit blown away by how perfectly they mesh.
I used the song list from the Wikipedia entry on Lifehouse with a few exceptions.

1. Wikipedia lists the first song as Townshend's "Teenage Wasteland" from the BBC production. 
This dour piano version of "Baba O'Riley" is nice but Lifehouse clearly has to begin with "Baba O'Riley"
This is the only change I made to the running order as suggested by Wikipedia.

2. After the album ends with "The Song Is Over" there was still about 15 minutes of film left so I added a live version of The Who's "Naked Eye" from The Young Vic concerts, Pete Townshend's demo for the song "Pure And Easy" and "Baba O'Riley (demo)" from Psychoderelict

Just for fun, I threw "My Generation" from The Who's Live At Leeds to run over the credits.

3. In laying these songs out there was approximately 2 seconds of editorial wiggle room so, when a song ended and a new one began there was the potential to intentionally sync the film and the music more perfectly. 

I tried to avoid doing this whenever possible and to honor the integrity of the album order and allow these two works of art to sync organically."
Go here to see the rest of the film sync -
The Lifehouse Matrix
in fact if you go to the above link and click on the first You Tube they should all follow each other like one complete movie.
Have a few wines, beers, or a joint and let the film and soundtrack wash over you.
This was brilliant in my opinion.
Nice work Andras
Another 8-ball sync was the above album cover from the
Hoodoo Gurus 1993 release. 
The Bridge Across Forever to the One?


  1. OK, I can tell this is going to be a biggie. Off to see the film.

  2. Just wanted to point something out...

  3. I'm about to get my son to hook this You Tube through my widescreen TV so I can watch it.
    That will be some trip.