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    Coldplay's Oracle on The Scientist and Yellow Videos

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    February 16, 2009 - submitted by Jean, Canada

    Q. Respected Oracle, During the Twisted Logic tour, at the conclusion of "The Scientist", one could hear an added part that was, in fact, a recording of "The Scientist" played backwards. If you take this recording, and play it backwards, it sounds exactly like "The Scientist" from the album. Can you explain how Coldplay pulled this off?

    The Oracle replies:

    I'm not sure how you mean pulled this off? Basically what you heard was, as you say, the track played backwards, not the band playing live. As the video (by Jamie Thraves) was a reverse narrative, Chris did actually have to learn the song backwards. There's a version of the video available on The Scientist DVD single that plays it running backwards.

    February 16, 2009 - submitted by Siya, South Africa

    Q. Yellow (Hallo).......Watching the video for Yellow , one can easily think it was shot in ONE TAKE. Was it, or is it just cleverly shot?? Well, either way its cleverly shot.....please answer, otherwise am banging my head against the wall here......no wall deserves that! Tx

    The Oracle replies:

    It was actually all down to clever techniques. It took about an hour to shoot and they ran through the song 5 times*. After the film was processed it went through a process called gradual grade that gave the impression of the day changing. *Another interesting bit of information is the track was running at double speed, as was the camera. What you see is the film at its normal speed giving the effect of it looking slightly slower than normal.



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