The judge ruled the case dismissed. Zero evidence.
My take: You could listen to the music as it is
and that might cause me to take a gun to my head.....
...as one of their "musicians" said at the time, "we would
have backmasked 'buy our records, buy our records, buy
our records," (My paraphrase, it's been awhile.)
Yes, the judge was right.
There were other cases where rock groups would
intentionally track words or musical clips backward.
It was a cool use of technology that was popular for 10
years and then as records became less used and
tapes became the thing, the fad died out.
The hidden subliminal messages only worked
with records because you could actually play them
backward....but audio tapes and cd's....well the fad
No...of course it didn't "work."
And the impact of similar attempts intentional or
Not a dribble of evidence to show anything
like that would impact anyone, in any way, ever.
End of that story.
But of course backward masking on music, intentionally
done or not, was not the only way a message COULD
The message could be "recorded," so softly and then
tracked onto the song that you couldn't "hear" it but
you would ACT on it..
Could THAT work?
Listening to audiotapes that purport to have subliminal messages on
them have become an obvious not so subliminal joke on the
Not one tape or program anywhere...not one research study...
anywhere at any time... has been able to show results "above
the placebo response."
What's that mean?
Greenwald, Pratakanis, et al did a remarkable study where they had
people listen to one of two tapes.
One, they told participants, was designed to improve memory.
The other, they told other participants, was designed to increase
There was no subliminal message on either tape in this study. (There
isn't on any of them in this study or for sale...it turns out.)
The label of the tapes were randomly assigned to the cassettes
which all had the same music on them. One label indicated the
tape would help improve memory. The other tape had a label that
said it would raise self-esteem.
The experimenters told the groups examples of what they would...not
...hear on the tapes. "I feel fantastic today."