Enter the world of hidden treasures in music. Now in my time I've stumbled across a few of these. A band I was in years ago even recorded a "hidden track" many minutes after the end of the last song, which was actually an out take of an alternative acoustic version of one of the songs on the album. Nothing hard to find - just let the CD play rather than hitting stop at the end, and there it is.
But there have been some absolutely remarkable secrets hidden in music over the years, 10 of which have been collated in this article.
Some of the coolest examples:
- The track "Erased, Over, Out" from the Nine Inch Nails album Further Down the Spiral, if fast-forwarded on a regular CD player, will play the words "ERASE ME" over and over
- Monty Python's Matching Tie & Handkerchief album had one side containing two completely different sets of tracks, and you never knew which one you'd get until you played it. This was done on vinyl by recording double grooves, which is when the album's grooves are pressed in a way that makes it so you get a completely different set of tracks depending on where the needle lands
- Led Zeppelin's album In Through the Out Door appears to have relatively dull album artwork. However if you wash the inner sleeve with water, the album's black and white drawings become permanently colored. Many people have owned the album for decades without knowing this could be done, as it was never promoted as a feature of the album
- Even a band I have listened to unbroken for more than 20 years, Dream Theater, hid instrumental intros on half the songs on their album Octavarium in the pregap (a part of a CD track accessible by pressing and holding the rewind button at the beginning of the first track, until it can't go back any further).
- And lastly, perhaps most creepily, Aphex Twin's fan-dubbed "Equation" track features a metallic, buzzing noise around five minutes and 30 seconds into the song. When you run that section through a spectrograph (a program that converts sound waves into visible images...as you do...), this image comes out:
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