‘Backmasking’, which is a word formed from the original phrase ‘backward masking’, is used to describe a technique used when recording a musical track, for example on an album. When backmasking is used, a secret message or sound is recorded on the track that you can only hear when you track the track backwards. When you rotate a turntable backwards – either manually or using a specially designed turntable – the sound is played backwards, so that the secret message is heard.
The first prominent occurrence of backmasking appeared in songs by The Beatles, especially ‘Revolution No. 9 ‘and’ I’m So Tired ‘, both of which appeared on the independent title LP (aka’ The White Album ‘). These clues contained alleged covert messages that revealed Paul McCartney’s death, such as’ Paul is dead, misses him, misses him … ‘and’ Turn me on, dead man … ‘and a satanic message:’ Satan is watching me.’ These rumors created a frenzy, which led listeners obsessively playing records backwards and looking for hidden messages, while Christian pundits condemned and condemned pop music that contained supposed satanic messages.
Two years later, Led Zeppelin released ‘Stairs to Heaven,’ another song rumored to contain hidden back messages. However, it was not until 1982 that the prominent Baptist radio DJ Michael Mills began to claim that Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairs to Heaven’ contained dangerous satanic messages that influenced young children to commit sins and engage in risky behavior. This accusation, along with the rising hysteria of the public, led to record-breaking, segments of talk shows devoted to searching for subliminal messages, and most importantly, court hearings on ‘dangerous’ backmasking.
Theories / Speculations
According to backmasking expert, Jeff Milner, the backward texts are:
Oh here is my sweet Satan.
The one whose little way would make me sad, whose power is Satan.
He will give them with him 666.
It was a small tool shed where he made us suffer, sorry Satan. Others claim that the words ‘I live for Satan’ can be heard in the recording. Later, in his book ‘Reverse Speech: Voices From The Unconscious’, David John Oates predicted that the messages were unintentional, a result of the subconscious. He claims to hear the words ‘words have two meanings’, ‘thoughts are disadvantaged’ and ‘plays backwards.’
In 1982, the Consumer Protection and Toxic Materials Committee launched a hearing on backmasking, drawing on neuroscientists and other experts who argued that backward messages in songs like ‘Stairs to Heaven’ have a negative impact on listeners.
Backwashing also came under fire from the Parents’ Music Resource Center with Tipper Gore, wife of former Vice President Al Gore, accusing several popular bands of coding messages promoting drug use and Satan’s worship in their songs. This group of bands and musical artists – including (but not limited to) Frank Zappa, Black Sabbath, Twisted Sister, Prince, Queen, KISS, Van Halen, Rush, Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden and Styx – that openly sexual and violent lyrics, both explicitly and through the use of backmasking. These legal proceedings eventually led to the Department of Parental Counseling Warning, which now adorns albums containing ‘explicit text’ relating to sex, drug use or violence.
The band and the record company denied the allegations … … that any backlash heard by listeners was a result of the power of the proposal. The most famous official position comes from Led Zeppelin’s producer quoted in Stephen Davis ‘1985 book’ Hammer of the Gods ‘, saying that the speculation was’ completely and utterly ridiculous. Why would they want to spend so much studio time doing something so stupid? ‘
Today, the easiest way to detect backward messages, using digital audio, is when most music is either in digital format or on CDs, which are easily converted to digital audio files. manipulation program. One such popular program is Audacity, an open source audio source and recorder that lets you play back songs. Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ is known as one of the very best rock and roll epics of our time. Recorded in 1970, the song’s popularity has had an impressive lifespan, as it is still widely played on radio stations around the world. Part of Trappan’s lasting presence in the public conscience is due to the controversy surrounding alleged hidden backwards messages – coded via ‘backmasking’ – which reached its peak in the 1980s.