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The cover of "The Time Machine"

09/13/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music

One of the tracks from Alan Parsons' "The Time Machine" came up in random shuffle. As with most Alan Parsons' albums, this comes with a theme, and not entirely surprisingly, it's time on this one. On my system, that means that the cover is displayed. You can see a copy of it at Wikipedia's entry.

I can figure out some of the time references on the cover, but not all of them.

Going left to right, top to bottom:

  1. Time gateway from Star Trek's "City On The Edge Of Tomorrow" . Time machine.
  2. Tardis from "Dr Who". Time machine.
  3. Funny tube like thing. No idea what it is.
  4. Observatory. Time machine as defined by "When we look out in space, we look back in time" from the album itself.
  5. Clock innards. Tells time, so it's a time machine of a sort.
  6. DeLorean from "Back To The Future". Time machine.
  7. USS Enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Other than it falls through time vortices and all other sorts of SF gobbledigook, I'm unclear on the time related aspect of this one.
  8. Tongue with a sugar cube. My only guess is that this is a reference to taste being a catalyst for memory recollection and thus a "time machine" of some sort.
  9. Camera. Similar to the taste reference, this time a visual "time machine."
  10. Brain. Again, I think a reference to memory recollection.
  11. Controls of a vaguely VCRish nature. Inasmuch as a VCR allows one to control time vis a vis a recording, I guess this could qualify.
  12. An arch with lines leading off to the left. No idea what this is.
  13. A rabbit. Ok, this one has me really confused. Unlike some of the above items, I can't think of any time-related pop-reference or scientific principle that involves rabbits.
  14. Finally, the glass sphere that all of the little pictures are superimposed on. Unless you're Dorian Grey, I can't see a mirror being a time machine.

So, what are the correct connections? Anyone? Bueller?



Comment from: Bryan Ewert [Visitor]
Bryan Ewert

> 11. Controls of a vaguely VCRish nature.

These are the astrological symbols for Leo, Sagittarius and Gemini. Astrology can be interpreted as a form of calendar.

> 12. An arch with lines leading off to the left.

Oscilloscope? Frequency = time?

09/16/06 @ 10:36
Comment from: Nimble [Member]  

3) Hmmm, could represent a wormhole. Just a guess.

8) The sugar cube might not just be a sugar cube per se - it could be LSD-laced, which would screw with perceptions of time

12) It’s light reflecting off mirrors - seems a bit obscure - could be referring to the speed of light, or things going backwards in general, or a mechanism for timing light

13) Well, it’s a white rabbit - I’d take that to be an Alice in Wonderland reference, and the rabbit was always late, which is a good time reference

14) The glass sphere I would take to be a crystal ball, with which you can see into the future while pronouncing things with a Romany accent

My guesses, anyhow :)

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09/16/06 @ 20:51
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