Software Hidden in Records | Nostalgia Nerd

24 aug 2020
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Head to ​ to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code NOSTALGIANERD.... You may have heard of Backmasking, or Backwards Masking. This is where messages are hidden within songs (usually on vinyl), which when reversed, will reveal themselves. Well, could the same occur for computer code? Computer games? Let's try loading some code backwards and see if anything reveals itself. Then maybe, try some more realistic ways of finding some hidden computer code, in a fashion similar to backmasking.
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  • I find this stuff fascinating; Chris Sievey was actually working on a Spectrum release for his next single, Red Indian, which never saw light of day. This was an upgraded version of the Camouflage experience, where you could actually experiment with the "light show" yourself. Check out this video where he's interviewed by Tony Fletcher about it:

    Nostalgia NerdNostalgia Nerd8 månader sedan
    • @Bmx540 Bike ride Keep talking like that and you will !!!!!

      Richard AndersonRichard Anderson7 månader sedan
    • @YOBA MUST DIE! What the fuck are you on ????? And don't say nothing,that's bullshit !!!!!!!!!

      Richard AndersonRichard Anderson7 månader sedan
    • Imagine people hearing that recorded message informing people theres more on the disk/cassette. But you don't have that computer... Oh the curiosity...

      Arnan de GansArnan de Gans7 månader sedan
    • Heeloo

      DaveTheBabyDaveTheBaby7 månader sedan
    • I want to go to hell

      Bmx540 Bike rideBmx540 Bike ride8 månader sedan
  • I wonder what couldve been accomplished or what money couldve been spent on REAL issues for like childrens education or roads or ANYTHING rather than them getting together and passing a fuckin bill saying people need to label backwards tracks on records!! So pathetic!! SMFH

    Sir Clifford Drake Malcolm JacksonSir Clifford Drake Malcolm Jackson10 timmar sedan
  • 1:38 RYAN ENNEL

    mfThumpmfThump2 dagar sedan
  • C'mon! I love it

    Quick SandQuick Sand13 dagar sedan
  • the bob and Doug mckenzy album great white north had a very funny back masking message

    Keith WhismanKeith Whisman13 dagar sedan
  • i think the conet project is full of cryptic messeges, from spy stations to gov mind control human experiments , torture tracks - the conet project

    generation generationgeneration generation15 dagar sedan
  • AH yes that blinding feeling I get staring at red for too long.

    ArmaronArmaron17 dagar sedan
  • So whatever became of the 3 missing vinyls?

    SlovenMalaphorSlovenMalaphor17 dagar sedan
  • I'm a bit late but I think something is being messed up in the digital transfer. These programs should be played from the record or taped copy into the computer. Keep it analog.

    thescreamingfishthescreamingfish25 dagar sedan
  • 3:28 AHAHAHAHA!!! You TOTALLY got me with that!!!! That might be the first time I was ever *seriously* caught by a rickroll! I figured some disturbing and distorted program might run that didn't make any sense. Nope. I guess not

    CorkBulbCorkBulb27 dagar sedan
  • Wait till you discover 50/50 chance lockgrooves... i got the record "Insomniac "which spins backwards to say "i must sleep"

    gian francogian franco28 dagar sedan
  • love the rick rolling

    Blake PieroniBlake PieroniMånad sedan
  • This was so interesting!..

    Queer Geek #TeamVaccineWRQueer Geek #TeamVaccineWRMånad sedan
  • 4:10 > And it would be exceptionally hard to make it make sense in both directions. You simply wouldn't be able to create a coherent program that loads both forwards, and backwards. I see you haven't spent enough time on

    Someone SomewhereSomeone SomewhereMånad sedan
  • Soundhog09 is a very talented, and under-recognized music artist in his own right!

    Jeremy BiggsJeremy BiggsMånad sedan
  • 0:30 do i see Polish UNITRA logo on needle ?

    Tom tajemnicaTom tajemnicaMånad sedan
  • Thanks for sharing. 😎👌🏼

    John ThimakisJohn ThimakisMånad sedan
  • i remember hearing that Finnish public broadcast radio YLE used to have dedicated slots in their radio program where people could send their own games or demos. they then send it over the radio and you could use your casette recorder to record that game and play it at home. so it was kinda the first widely available game sharing service, I'm not saying that YLE was first to do this or anything. I'm just saying that as back then internet was not accessible to many people, so this method was the first widely accessible method for many to get games wireless to your home. it happened between 1985-1988, so it was before my time, but there are few articles floating around about this service. however they are in Finnish so. there is google translate version of this article that i found, but as it is going from Finnish to English it is bit messy and few parts are wrong due the finnish original word having double meanings. but it is still somewhat understandable.

    JurtaaniJurtaaniMånad sedan
  • ive been rick rolled twice in the past week, this sucks...

    Raid55Raid55Månad sedan
  • How do we get the guy trapped in youtube out at 10:53

    EverettEverettMånad sedan

    holden⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻holden⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻Månad sedan
  • 3:20 Is that Rick rolling?

    Khai Nghe QuocKhai Nghe QuocMånad sedan
  • "Lick his cloven hoof" people have odd fantasies...

    Plasma OctopusPlasma OctopusMånad sedan
  • Not Paul McCartney's death. John Lennon's death.

    Jim BJim B2 månader sedan
  • thanks

    Media PoolMedia Pool2 månader sedan
  • One of my favorite Bill Hicks quotes: "Did you know that if you play records backwards........... you're an asshole?"

    stillcoldstillcold2 månader sedan
  • Back-masking was a technique handed down by Aleister Crowley. This is a widely known and admitted fact, and not a "Christian conspiracy theory".

    Prodigal SonProdigal Son2 månader sedan
  • Never watch this vid while falling asleep.

    Untamed CorgiUntamed Corgi3 månader sedan
  • content match

    AN _123AN _1233 månader sedan
  • 10:55 SOMEONE HELP THE POOR MAN TRAPPED IN THE CLOSED CAPTIONS!!!!!!! . the dude obviously needs help!!! THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!

    kain hallkain hall3 månader sedan
  • Oi. At 17:00, Shakin Stevens calling it a Spectrum 48. Do you realise that we first of all didnt have the internet back then, and secondly we spoke in groups with our peers? If the first one of my group said SEYGAH like those yanks say, that would have been how I would have said it most of my life. Instead I heard SEE-GAA which is correct as those yanks cant crank. I dare anyone to challenge me on what Sonic 1 on MD says before the title screen. I dare you. Oh yeh, so you get my point about him saying Speccy 48? For whatever reason.

    Simon TSimon T3 månader sedan
  • I can't believe I just wasted half an evening for Lobstalgia!!! 😂😂😂😂😂 Very well done, mate! Loved it!

    Jon OliveiraJon Oliveira3 månader sedan
  • Kissing the Pink also had a program for the BBC Micro on their 12" single "The Other Side of Heaven", which played as a video for the title track. Someone's been able to load this into a BBC emulator and sync it up with the song, and you can see the results here:

    Michael JamesMichael James3 månader sedan
  • Re: Carter USM 101 Damnations. I have been reliably informed that this is not speccy data (I thought the same initially) but it is data for the drum machine that was used, and contains the drum data for the entire album

    UncleAbsUncleAbs4 månader sedan
  • I love it how the thumbnail for the video shows a vintage polish turntable, the Unitra G-620 "Fryderyk", a decent machine, but far from perfect. I rebuilt one about half a year ago.

    Jacek CiałowiczJacek Ciałowicz4 månader sedan
  • Didn't they do something like this on the golden records on the two Voyager spacecraft in the 70s?

    Christian O. HolzChristian O. Holz4 månader sedan
  • reverse speech is hilarious. or weird. or amazing. or just observed poorly by people with overactive imaginations. we're all programming and being programmed all day. we should argue about how that occurs more often. reverse speech is more interesting that binary audio IMHO. -=- also there are records with software. Commodore 64 with a tape loading machine does load sound. or binary noise is converted to and from audio. same thing. it's insane. some records have a tiny program hidden in the center or at some point in the recording.

    macrogramsmacrograms5 månader sedan
  • Now we are just told we are unconsciously conditioned to become racists/sexists by videogames and SEworldrs. Lame.

    GammalGammal5 månader sedan
  • Don’t forget to scan the covers and booklets in your ZX spectrum along with digitizing the cassette audio. Use at least 1000 DPI for historical resolution.

    SethMethCSSethMethCS5 månader sedan
  • Please tell me you’ve included examples from THE one and only RDJ.....

    Morally AmbiguousMorally Ambiguous5 månader sedan
  • R Tape loading error, 0:1 😔 Tried loading it into an emulator at the end of the video, but fails... 😔

    Terry TaylorTerry Taylor5 månader sedan
  • 10:54 help I'm trapped inside SEworld

    Dhruv HaldarDhruv Haldar5 månader sedan
  • The appropriately named Information Society hid a similar message such as this at the end of the album 'Peace & Love Inc.' using 300 baud modem tone.

    n1llan1lla5 månader sedan
  • “what is sadder? a. finding this. b. writing it” LMAO

    toranine09toranine096 månader sedan
  • Closed caption message nice touch.

    Robert McGarryRobert McGarry6 månader sedan
  • Brilliant

    Anthony MirabileAnthony Mirabile6 månader sedan
  • Don't forget a more recent example, just within this last year! The special episode of _Black Mirror_ entitled _Bandersnatch_ had playable ZX-Spectrum code. I don't recall if there was more than one, but for sure it had the "nozedive" game featured in the movie.

    John DługoszJohn Długosz6 månader sedan
  • Unfortunately the message hidden on the red screen where some unknown program code was included was partially obscured by those popup things that are on what I believe is referred to as the 'end slate' section of the video. I really wish people would take care not to have their end slate obscure some message.

    DarkVoidIIIDarkVoidIII6 månader sedan
  • Oh wow! That's a polish Unitra Turntable!

    Jake WerecatJake Werecat6 månader sedan
  • But ... it's morning

    Astro's Electronics LabAstro's Electronics Lab6 månader sedan
  • This is why we didn't trust music records

    Miroslav Daniel RoshalMiroslav Daniel Roshal7 månader sedan
  • CD XA really made this stuff far less impressive and much easier to do, but in the late 90s/early 2000s there were quite a lot of those that included all kinds of stuff, though all the ones I've come across only had videos, biographies, photos, lyrics, and stuff like that. There probably were some with games as well, but none that I've seen.

    SteelRodentSteelRodent7 månader sedan
  • Nodnol? That's in Bulgaria isn't it?

    MusicFanatical1MusicFanatical17 månader sedan
  • Not a computer program, but something some artists did on vinyl was to put a pair of parallel grooves on one side of the record. Monty Python did this and didn't tell anyone, just to mess with listeners. Their joke being that you'd listen to Side 2, enjoy it, and at some point listen to it later and perhaps end up listening to a completely different version of Side 2 and be like, "Huh? That's not what I was listening to before!" Obviously this gag could only work on a record and not a cassette or CD. Rush did this with a promo 7" single titled "Rush 'N' Roulette," where you drop the needle and randomly get one of several tracks. Bands also liked to put stuff in the run-out groove of the record so that if you didn't have an auto-return feature on the arm, the needle would stay in the groove as it went in a loop over and over until you manually stopped it.

    MadTheDJMadTheDJ7 månader sedan
  • Weird Al from "I Remember Larry": "Wow, you must have an awful lot of free time on your hands." There was also a message in Nature Trail To Hell but I was too lazy to reverse it and have since lost the album. :(

    SutorippuDotComSutorippuDotCom7 månader sedan
    • @MadTheDJ The mystery has been solved.

      SutorippuDotComSutorippuDotCom7 månader sedan
    • The "Nature Trail To Hell" message says "Satan eats Cheez Whiz."

      MadTheDJMadTheDJ7 månader sedan
  • holyshit. never considered the idea ur speaking about. mazing

    sef zxmsef zxm7 månader sedan
  • its a pity that 'camouflage' record software wasnt for the spectrum instead of the zx81 as the spectrum loading system is far less picky than a zx81 !

    andygozzo72andygozzo727 månader sedan
  • SSTV: OK.

    6DAMMK96DAMMK97 månader sedan
  • yeah, definiely not gonna download the audio at the end of this video, reverse it , and try it in an an emulator...

    igor giuseppeigor giuseppe7 månader sedan
  • Oral quest.... Hmmmm I think I've rented that video in the past. I bet they did have fun making it

    Dr. Mike WoodDr. Mike Wood7 månader sedan
  • Mate the Stranglers is a fantastic album, game not needed to chart!

    David RobertsonDavid Robertson7 månader sedan
  • OMGooooooood Nostalgia !!!!!!!!

    Simon HenrySimon Henry7 månader sedan
  • You just put a twist in the drive belt to run a turntable backwards.

    brocktechnologybrocktechnology7 månader sedan
  • Interesting i never considered loading in reversed audio. Technically i think a Amstrad 464 could load in audio data in reverse. Loading in the bits in reverse & either store them backwards in memory or read em normally & them reverse position isnt the issue, but the physical reverse audio/tone would require a fairly technical custom loader. Since the 464 can be re-programmed to read data audio save by other 8bits computers then i see no reason why it couldnt do reverse audio too. Would be a huge technical job of cause.

    CholoCPCCholoCPC7 månader sedan
  • Honey, Oral Quest is not what it sounds like, promise.

    Jack KrakenJack Kraken7 månader sedan
  • 11:55 ... ElementById("suck") *lol* I found an Easter egg. What do I win? 😉

    KeyStrokeKeyStroke7 månader sedan
  • The voice recordings of the artists encouraging people to play the games are all a bit cringe worthy

    Bitter LiquidBitter Liquid7 månader sedan
  • Well, yvan eht nioj.

    Jeong-hun SinJeong-hun Sin7 månader sedan
  • I wonder what is the purpose of back masking? If it started way back in World War II, then I had an idea what they were going for.

    Isaac 1990Isaac 19907 månader sedan
  • Mike Oldfield on his 1994 album, Songs Of Distant Earth had a program (for Mac only) embedded into CD. He also incorporated embedded computer programs in later albums.

    TreadingTheBoardsTreadingTheBoards7 månader sedan
  • So you can actually get vinyl to play better than CDs. You just have to encode digital audio into them.

    Fede DeviFede Devi7 månader sedan
  • Please don’t call records “vinyls.” 😣

    H. FisherH. Fisher7 månader sedan
  • The captions...

    Geg ZakaryanGeg Zakaryan7 månader sedan
  • You ever see a spectogram? I have a cassette tape full of chill lo fi with a random clip of crazy sound in it. If you plug it into the computer and make a spectogram out of the music, its an MS paint picture of my computer password. If I ever die unexpectedly, somebody's at least going to have a nice set of puzzles to solve.

    High King TrasherHigh King Trasher7 månader sedan
  • The first track on the Nocturnal Emissions' 'Tissue of Lies' LP (1981) features a Commodore PET program taken from tape. I have no idea what it is, my PET is long gone. Would love to know, if anyone has a PET and a lot of time to waste.

    Danny AyersDanny Ayers7 månader sedan
  • Oh dear, the religious really are... well I'm not sure what they are but well rounded humans is definitely something they are not.

    Jinjo!Jinjo!7 månader sedan
  • What a coincidence. Secret Messages has... well, secret messages

    Booker102 Is CoolBooker102 Is Cool7 månader sedan
  • Is it me or does he sound like thoughty2

    Mad bro showMad bro show7 månader sedan
  • Reminds me of a DVD release of Star Wars III where putting the disc into an xbox allowed you to play a Battlefront II demo. Ahhh, the good old days!

    ElaxterElaxter7 månader sedan
  • @2:24 🤣

    Peter SwinkelsPeter Swinkels7 månader sedan
  • would this be the same with cd's when music cds could be loaded on a pc with a cd rom and there would be mini videos and other extra stuff

    Adam ZawadzkiAdam Zawadzki7 månader sedan
  • 3:05 I was like thats just a copy then lol

    Oxygen ゝOxygen ゝ7 månader sedan
  • Backmasking is most well known in vinyl, but the only time I've heard it for real, was on cassette. Back in the 90s I knew this guy had an old Fisher Price "baby's first cassette player" thing that had a reverse play button. The only tape we could find backmasking on was from the Christian rock band Petra. It was a warbling, high-pitched, male voice, clearly saying "Oh Satan, you are the holiest, we worship you." This wasn't like one of those Beatles records - if you played the tape forward you couldn't tell there was anything going on.

    Fozzy BearFozzy Bear7 månader sedan
  • "yvan eth nioj"

    thefrecklepunythefrecklepuny7 månader sedan
  • You might get better luck with the vinyl if you play it with distilled water on it. It greatly reduces the crackling.

    Victor CortesVictor Cortes7 månader sedan
  • With a bit of planning, you might actually be able to shove a valid program in reverse at the end of a normal program.

    Jared MaddoxJared Maddox7 månader sedan
  • "Ooooh, I wonder what this tape is for? Sounds like data when I play it! Lets try" *Loads tape in to convert to data* *Runs program* "V HAS COME TO"

    XenonGXenonG7 månader sedan
  • The plural of "vinyl" is "vinyl". Recording from records is what you mean. ;-)

    crankjazzcrankjazz7 månader sedan
  • The band is named after the 80's anime and manga "Urusei Yatsura" whose author, Rumiko Takahashi, also wrote "Ranma 1/2" and "Inuyasha".

    MechaDragonXMechaDragonX7 månader sedan
  • Instead of them getting rickrolled, they get stickbugged

    DaveTheBabyDaveTheBaby7 månader sedan
  • im amazed radiohead would do that. how relevant could the spectrum be by 97??

    tmatt1996tmatt19967 månader sedan
  • did not mention the Information Society :(

    Álvaro FilhoÁlvaro Filho8 månader sedan
  • I really enjoyed all the hidden messages in the subtitles. Thank you.

    Chris BenardChris Benard8 månader sedan
  • Ok, that Shakey guy is not Welsh. I could understand his words.

    Gordon FreemanGordon Freeman8 månader sedan
  • OMG!!! Been Rick'rolled

    PurpleBrainPurpleBrain8 månader sedan
  • Good day to you too!

    East_Coast_VagrantEast_Coast_Vagrant8 månader sedan
  • Record it, reverse it and re-record it? Dude if you wanna run a cassette backwards just open it up and flip the spools over so the backside of the magnetic tape is exposed, and close it up. Run side 1 material backwards by playing from the beginning of side 2 and vice versa.

    zmbdogzmbdog8 månader sedan
  • Its not possible, all these are bullshit, you are a member of this band e ci stai rompendo le palle con queste cazzate , e basta parlare inglese , io sono ITALIANO e quindi tu impari la mia lingua

    Il Mondo di FaxeIl Mondo di Faxe8 månader sedan
  • And so? I spend my time for this shit

    Il Mondo di FaxeIl Mondo di Faxe8 månader sedan
  • You should have played the record wet. It eliminates virtually all crackles and pops.

    Lurking Crass ZeroLurking Crass Zero8 månader sedan