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ptoner
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26/01/2015 10:46 am  

Manna for fans: the history of the hidden track in music

5. 1980s: backmasking reaches its peak
Backmasking is the recording of music or lyrics in reverse, often resulting in eerie, mangled passages of sound. Some practitioners were accused of Satanism by Christian pressure groups and conspiracy theorists, partly thanks to the popularity of occultist Aleister Crowley, who suggested in a 1913 book that would-be magicians train by listening “to phonograph records reversed”. Messages started to “be found” that weren’t there, and in 1990 Judas Priest were taken to court, accused of recording a message (that didn’t exist) that had provoked a teenager to commit suicide.

ELO’s 1983 album Secret Messages is full of absurd, backmasked statements, such as Jeff Lynne saying “you’re playing me backwards”, played backwards.

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jan/25/history-hidden-tracks-musicians-albums


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William Thirteen
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26/01/2015 12:51 pm  

a 1913 book

and which might that be?


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26/01/2015 1:08 pm  

They can only mean ThIShARB in Equinox Vol.1.No7.

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26/01/2015 1:11 pm  
"WilliamThirteen" wrote:

a 1913 book

and which might that be?

First Method. Let the Exempt Adept first train himself to think backwards by external means, as set forth here following.
("a") Let him learn to write backwards, with either hand.
("b") Let him learn to walk backwards. {109}
("c") Let him constantly watch, if convenient, cinematograph films, and listen to phonograph records, reversed, and let him so accustom himself to these that they appear natural, and appreciable as a whole.
("d") Let him practise speaking backwards; thus for "I am He" let him say, "Eh ma I".
("e") Let him learn to read backwards. In this it is difficult to avoid cheating one's self, as an expert reader sees a sentence at a glance. Let his disciple read aloud to him backwards, slowly at first, then more quickly.
("f") Of his own ingenium, let him devise other methods.


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26/01/2015 1:27 pm  

that was 1912 - why won't they ever get AC right???


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29/01/2015 11:46 pm  
"ptoner" wrote:
Manna for fans: the history of the hidden track in music

ELO’s 1983 album Secret Messages is full of absurd, backmasked statements, such as Jeff Lynne saying “you’re playing me backwards”, played backwards.

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jan/25/history-hidden-tracks-musicians-albums

The Byrds used backward guitar tape reels first didn't they?  I think Hendrix took the idea from them.  I could be wrong.  It has an Oriental sound.  I watched a piece of crap music-business conspiracy movie it attested that David Crosby said (in the 60s presumably) noone gets a record contract now without being "an initiated witch."   

This backward messages thing is comical.  Bill Hicks did a great piece on the judas priest debacle. 


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