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Backward Masking



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Backmasking (also known as backward masking) is a recording technique in which a sound or message is recorded backward onto a track that is meant to be played forward. Backmasking is a deliberate process, whereas a message found through phonetic reversal may be unintentional (Wikipedia).

There are many rumors around that backward masking has been used to manipulate people's mind through subliminal persuasion. Although this is a very popular topic for urban legends, scientists still remain sceptical about any effect of backward masked messages on our mind.

In my essay, I briefly introduce the origin and history of backward masking, outline allegations by religious groups that this audio technique is used to spread satanic messages and bring up results of relevant scientific research. The essay continues with further study of two most known music bands connected with backward masking: Led Zeppelin and the Beatles. Finally, in this essay I used my own research that I am going to discuss further on this website.


The Role of Suggestion in Backward Masked Messages

There has been a plenty of research on the perception of backward masked messages. In my essay, I show numerous studies conducted to prove a very little potential in the real usage of subliminal persuasion in backward masking Denying the supposed danger of backward masking, I wanted to find out how backward masked messages occur in backward lyrics as well. The word is that people can hardly understand backward masked messages, unless they are informed about their supposed meaning in advance. In my opinion, this is very easy to prove; therefore, I decided to conduct my own little research.
Disguising my online research as
Phonetic Perception and the Temporal Cortex Survey, I played 2 times "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin backwards, which is supposed to contain the most intelligible backwards satanic message. However, 13 tested subjects were not said to look explicitly for satanic messages in backward lyrics; they were simply asked to write down anything meaningful they could understand from the song. The other questions in the survey were more or less irrelevant in order to distract listeners from the true purpose of the test.

I found out that only one person was able to understand the word
Satan, not mentioning that nobody understood a single meaningful verse, although this song is supposed to contain an entire satanic strophe.
Accordingly, I conclude and accept the opinions of many scientists that supposed hidden backward masked messages are rather a result of vivid imagination of many listeners than an existing phenomenon.



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