Posts Tagged ‘Music

05
Feb
10

Technique of Backmasking

The term “Backmasking” has come to mean many types of auditory subliminal messages. The original term meant the reversal of words, whether hidden by music or not, so that only the unconscious mind can perceive it.

Our post on the concept of  Back Masking was one of the most popular posts on One Post Daily.

This post would deal with how back masking actually works.

1. An engineer in a studio places words reversed onto a soundtrack. When we play the music forward, we can hear reverse sound clearly as some kind of gibberish sound along with the instrumentals. When played in reverse we are able to hear the words clearly. Many have done this in their songs.
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2. When the music is played even from a live microphone feed, different sentences come out when the music is played reversed, that have meaning. The artist is most likely unaware of it.

3. Sub-band coding technique.

There are several techniques for backmasking Sub-band coding is the process of taking an audio sample and playing it at a low enough frequency that it is not consciously perceived. The sound is hidden when played with another at a high frequency. This enables our brain to perceive the sound, though not consciously. This technique is very widely used, in music we listen to on the radio to theme songs of television shows. It is very common in the marketing world and used for advertising purpose.

4. Beat frequency technique.

Beat frequency is a technique often used by self-help tape manufacturers. It is, in a way, a form of hypnotism. More creatively put, it is when two tones “bounce” off each other, and create one frequency. According to the theory, this puts the listener in a state of heightened perception. This means that anything learned or heard at this time will leave a long-lasting impression.
22
Oct
09

Back Masking

Backmasking 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.

Backmasking was popularized by The Beatles, who used backward vocals and instrumentation on their 1966 album Revolver. Artists have since used backmasking for artistic, comedic, and satiric effect, on both analog and digital recordings.

Satanic Backmasking

Although the Satanic backmasking controversy involved mainly classic rock songs whose authors denied any intent to promote Satanism, backmasking has been used by heavy metal bands to deliberately insert messages in their lyrics or imagery. Bands have utilized Satanic imagery for commercial reasons. For example, thrash metal band Slayer included at the start of the band’s 1985 album Hell Awaits a deep backmasked voice chanting “Join Us” over and over.

This is a list of backmasked messages.

Below is a flash animation that has some songs and their corresponding backmasked messages recorded. Its amazing. Have a look. My favourite being Stairway to heaven; kiss, kiss, kiss; …baby one more time, Another one bites the dust, The Doors…

CLICK HERE for the animation

Its fun to know that some of your favourite songs have such different dimensions.

01
Sep
09

Charles Cros

Charles Cros was the first person to describe, but not build, a device with which sound could be both recorded, and after processing, the recording played back. No one before M. Charles Cros had thought of reproducing sound by making an apparatus capable of registering and reproducing sounds which had been engraved with a diaphragm. On April 30, 1877 he submitted a sealed envelope containing a letter to the Academy of Sciences in Paris explaining his proposed method. The letter was read in public on the 3rd December following. In his letter, after having shown that his method consisted of detecting an oscillation of a membrane and using the tracing to reproduce the oscillation with respect to its duration and intensity. Cros added that a cylindrical form for the receiving apparatus seemed to him to be the most practical, as it allowed for the graphic inscription of the vibrations by means of a very fine-threaded screw.

Before Cros had a chance to follow up on this idea or attempt to construct a working model, Thomas Alva Edison introduced his first working phonograph in the USA. Edison used a cylinder covered in tinfoil for his first phonograph, patenting this method for reproducing sound on January 15, 1878. Edison and Cros apparently did not know of each other’s work in advance.

Cros was a well-regarded poet and humorous writer. He developed various improved methods of photography including an early color photo process. He also invented improvements in telegraph technology.

25
Aug
09

Lester William Polsfuss

He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which “made the sound of rock and roll possible”. He is credited with many recording innovations, including overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording.

A solid-body instrument is a string instrument such as a guitar, bass or violin built without its normal sound box and relying on an electric pickup system to directly receive the vibrations of the strings.

Paul’s innovative guitar, “The Log”, built in 1939, was one of the first solid-body electric guitars. Adolph Rickenbacker had marketed a solid-body guitar in the 1930s and Leo Fender also independently created his own in the late 1940s. Though Paul approached the Gibson Guitar Corporation with his idea of a solid body electric guitar, they showed no interest until Fender produced theirs. Gibson designed a guitar incorporating Paul’s suggestions in the early fifties and presented it to him to try. He was impressed enough to sign a contract for what became the “Les Paul” model, originally only in a “gold top” version (official name: “Les Paul Standard”)

The original Gibson Les Paul guitar design regained popularity when Eric Clapton began playing the instrument a few years later.

You could read up this and this for more.

12
Jul
09

Origin of Rock music

One thing that keeps me going…my ultimate stress buster! And I know millions would agree with me. When did this form of music come into being? And what is the path it has travelled in all these years? Well, when I started to look for these answers, I came across too many eras and too many evolving that rock music went through. For this post, I’ll limit myself to its origin.

Rock in its purest form “has three chords, a strong, insistent back beat, and a catchy melody.” Rock and Roll was the earliest form of rock that came into being around 1940s in the United States. The 1950s saw the growth in popularity of the electric guitar, and the development of a specifically rock and roll style of playing through such exponents as Berry, Link Wray, and Scotty Moore. It also saw major developments in recording technology such as multitrack recording developed by Les Paul, the electronic treatment of sound by such innovators as Joe Meek, and the Wall of Sound productions of Phil Spector. All these developments were important influences on later rock music.

The social effects of rock and roll were worldwide and massive. Far beyond simply a musical style, rock and roll influenced lifestyles, fashion, attitudes, and language. In addition, rock and roll may have helped the cause of the civil rights movement because both African American teens and white American teens enjoyed the music.

10
Jul
09

Guitar

Always wanted to play the guitar… and have a fan following 😛

Lemme atleast start with knowing what types of guitar exist

Street Directory suggests that beginners start with Acoustic guitars

Acoustic guitars are dependent on their structures and body shapes for resonating sounds. Unlike the more modern electric guitars, they don’t rely on other external devices to enhance sounds. The natural vibrations of the strings are resonated by the body of the guitar.

Acoustic guitars are generally made out of wood. The neck is usually made from mahogany and the fret board is made of maple or rosewood. There are many kinds of acoustic guitars, here are some of them:

1) Classical
Classical guitars are very popular and are usually the choice guitar for beginners. The strings are usually made from nylon. They are usually played in a standard sitting position and used in playing classical music. Classical guitars produce whole sounds which are very pleasing to the ear.

Flamenco guitars are similar to classical guitars, however, they produce crisper and thinner sounds than the other classical guitars.

2) Steel-top
Steel-top guitars are much similar than the classical guitar but are constructed to be more resilient. The parts of the steel-top guitar are reinforced and their bodies are significantly larger than the classical guitars. They also produce a warmer tone than the classical guitar.

3) 12-String guitar
A normal guitar usually has 6 strings, but the 12-string guitar, as its name implies, has 12 strings. Each string is accompanied by another string with the same note but is usually tuned in a higher octave. This guitar produces a semi-chorus effect which is very pleasant to the ear.

4) Resonator
This type of guitar is similar to the steel-top guitar, but the steel in the middle of the soundboard is used to amplify the sound from the vibration of the guitar strings to produce a very thin and distinct sound. These guitars are generally used when playing the blues. There are also variations of the resonator guitar: the square-neck resonator guitar is played on the lap like a piano or organ; and the round neck resonator guitar is played like a common guitar. Resonator guitars work very well with glass or metal slides.

5) Archtop
The archtop guitar was inspired by other instruments such as the violin and the cello. An archtop guitar usually has the f-hole design. Jazz players prefer archtop guitars. Some archtop guitars can command a price of about $25,000.

6) Acoustic Bass
Acoustic bass guitars are bass guitars without electronic pick-ups. The body of the guitar is used to produce the sound. They are usually 4-stringed guitars but there are acoustic bass guitars which have 5 or 6 strings.

Electric
Electric guitars make use of electronic pick-ups to amplify the vibrations of the guitar strings. They are usually connected to electric amplifiers. Electric guitars have a solid or semi-solid body type and they don’t use the body for sound resonance so usually make very little or no sound when played without an amplifier. The concept used by electric guitars is that the energy of the strings is diverted into electrical impulses and not directly into sound so that they are able to achieve an amplified sound.

Electric guitars usually have control knobs for changing the volume or the tone of the guitar. There are also pick-up selectors in electric guitars and many electric guitars use multiple pick-ups to achieve the best guitar sounds. These pick-ups gather and produce different tones from the guitar. The tone knobs are used to shift from a bass-intensive sound to a treble-intensive sound or vice versa.

Some electric guitars also have whammy bars. These bars are attached to the guitar to shift notes without changing the finger positions on the fret board. Whammy bars are used to produce “crying” guitar sounds and are a very useful tool when performing rock and roll songs or even ballads. The use of the whammy bar in less expensive guitars is not advised because it may cause the strings to go out of tune.




So what’s this blog about?

Another attempt? Well yes. Attempting to figure out another sustainable model (there are some other attempts going on parallel-ly). Well, we have a lot of questions in mind. we read up stuff, we do some research to find answers to these questions. This is an attempt to publish that little 15-20 minute research.
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