Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven (Backward) [FS]





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Uploaded on May 13, 2008


The most popular version of the lyrics to Stairway to Heaven played backwards.

Made by Mikael Skråmestø for an English presentation at Askøy graduate school, about the Evolution of Music, where MovingShadowFX ("http://youtube.com/MovingShadowFX") was the creative leader and assigned the task.

The task was given by Terje Breisteinslien, who also reviewed the project.

Music by Led Zeppelin with Stairway To Heaven to pictures taken from deviantART.

The controversy originated from a prominent Baptist, who, in 1982, preached on the radio that "Stairway to Heaven" contained subliminal backward messages. This theory was later primarily advanced by Michael Mills, Jacob Aranza, and Jeff Godwin, who offered detailed analyses of the hidden meanings of both the "backwards" and actual lyrics.

In 1982, the Consumer Protection and Toxic Materials Committee of the California State Assembly held a hearing on backmasking in popular music, during which "Stairway to Heaven" was played backwards. William Yarroll, a self-identified neuroscientist, claimed that "Stairway to Heaven" contained a similar message when played backward. Various versions of the alleged message exist.

Led Zeppelin has for the most part ignored such claims; for years the only comment came from Swan Song Records which issued the statement: "Our turntables only play in one direction—forwards". Led Zeppelin audio engineer Eddie Kramer confirmed this, calling the allegations "totally and utterly ridiculous". Why would they want to spend so much studio time doing something so dumb?

Robert Plant expressed frustration with the accusations in an interview: "To me it's very sad, because 'Stairway to Heaven' was written with every best intention, and as far as reversing tapes and putting messages on the end, that's not my idea of making music.

An informal experiment by scientist Simon Singh suggested that listeners only hear the message after prompting.

Personally I have no interests in this song, and I strongly believe that any use of words would work if enough time was given into creating the lyrics to the backwards music. This is really just a big hype. In other words, bullshit. People want the hype to be true, and that's why they make themselves believe it. You can see how I make an attempt of shooting the words out of the monitor and into the viewer's brain. This causes the viewers to read the words given in the mind, and then make themselves believe that it is actually what is being heard. I must admit, the begining and especially the word "satan" is really simular to the audio, but the sentence "there was a little tool shed", just doesn't cut it for me. The reason I made this video was because I was asked to do so for a project. In summary, I believe that backmasking is simply coincidences to sound-a-like words.


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