Why Reversed Music is Creepy: Subliminal Messages And Common Myths

There's something about reversed music that just seems creepy. It might be the fact that it's unexpected or the subliminal messages that some people believe it contains. In this blog post, we will explore why reversed music is often seen as creepy and dispel some of the common myths about it.

Why Reversed Music is Creepy: Subliminal Messages And Common Myths

What Is Reversed Music, and Why Is It Creepy?

What Is Reversed Music, and Why Is It Creepy?

Reversed music is exactly what it sounds like – music that has been played in reverse. When you play a recording backward, the sound is often distorted and warped as it is unintelligible. This is why many people believe that reversed music contains hidden messages.

Subliminal Messaging In Reversed Music

Many years ago, a surge of information about the Illuminati started to circulate the internet. One of the most common pieces of “evidence” cited was that many popular songs contained subliminal messaging.

One example is the popular song “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin. If you play the recording backwards, it supposedly says “Here's to my sweet Satan.”

Stairway To Heaven

Stairway To Heaven Reversed

While this may be convincing to some, it's important to remember that these recordings are often heavily distorted. It's more likely that people are hearing what they want to hear, rather than an actual hidden message.

This is all debatable of course. You will have to listen for yourself (if you want to…)

There were also rumors circulating around Jay-z and Beyonce being part of the Illuminati and using reversed music to broadcast satanic signals. I am yet to hear any unmanipulated recordings that clearly state this.

Common Myths About Reversed Music

There are many myths about reversed music, and why it's seen as creepy. Let's debunk a few of the most common ones:

Reversed music is used to brainwash people:

Reversed music is used to brainwash people:

This is probably one of the most common myths. While subliminal messages are indeed real and can indeed be embedded into music, there is no evidence to support reversed music or words, a) even being able to be detected by the human brain, let alone b) being able to be processed and decoded.

Reversed music is used by the Illuminati:

Reversed music is used by the Illuminati:

As we mentioned before, there are indeed many conspiracy theories about the Illuminati using subliminal messages in their music. However, there is no evidence to support this claim.

If anything, the music being consumed on a conscious level would be more harmful as it is being absorbed at will. Whatever toxic messages somebody wants to put in a song, they can just put it there without having to reverse it.

Reversed music is used in black magic:

Reversed music is used in black magic:

This is another common myth, likely stemming from the fact that reversed music sounds distorted and eerie. However, there is no evidence to support this claim either.

And honestly, even if any of the above were true, there is an easy solution… just don't listen to it!

How to Create Reversed Music Yourself

Maybe you like the idea of creepy subliminal messages in music and want to try it out for yourself. If it works and is not a myth, then you could plant the idea of people sending you $1000 to your Cash App or PayPal and blaze the music all across town… worth a try!

Creating your own reversed music is simple:

  1. You can either record your entire song, with your “subliminal messages” in them, mixdown and export and then reverse the entire thing.
  2. Or you could reverse a small section of the song (i.e. just your subliminal message) and loop it throughout the song or in a hook or chorus.

Final thoughts

In my opinion, any music can be creepy if it's played in reverse. It's all about context and what you're expecting to hear. I do not think there is anything deeper or sinister about it and if you don't like th sound of reversed music, then don't listen to it!

Do you think reversed music is creepy? Do you believe in any of the myths about why it's seen as such?

Let us know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

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Arielle P

Arielle P

Songwriter | Music Producer | Engineer.

With a background in music production and a strong passion for education, Arielle is dedicated to helping emerging artists navigate the music industry. She has worked with a diverse range of artists, from indie rock bands to well-known hip-hop and grime artists. Arielle's unique approach to teaching focuses on empowering artists to take control of their brand, ensuring they retain creative ownership throughout their journey. In her free time, she enjoys experimenting with new sounds in her home studio and sharing her insights through music production tutorials and workshops.

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