Psychedelic Rock Fans Will Love This Playback Trick

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Psychedelic rock fans will love this playback trick! It’s easy to do and it will make your music sound even better.


Psychedelic rock is a genre of music that is often associated with the use of mind-altering drugs, such as LSD. The music is characterized by its trippy, dreamlike quality, and often features extended jams and mind-bending sound effects.

If you’re a fan of psychedelic rock, then you know that part of the appeal is the way the music can take you on a journey. And what better way to extend that journey than by playing the music backwards?

That’s right, playing psychedelic rock backwards can create some pretty interesting soundscapes. Not to mention, it can often lead to some pretty funny moments (if you’re not too stoned).

So, if you’re feeling adventurous, here’s how to play your favorite psychedelic rock tunes backwards.

What is Psychedelic Rock?

Psychedelic rock is a style of rock music that is inspired or influenced by psychedelic culture and attempts to replicate and enhance the mind-altering experiences of psychedelic drugs. The music is intended to replicate and enhance the experience of taking drugs, most notably LSD. Psychedelic rock typically employs distorted guitars, heavy blues-based improvisation, and extended solos.

The Playback Trick

Psychedelic rock fans will love this playback trick! If you have ever wanted to experience the mind-altering effects of psychedelic drugs without actually taking them, then this is the method for you.

All you need is a dark room, a comfortable place to sit or lie down, and some psychedelic rock music. Make sure the music is at a volume that is comfortable for you and begin to relax. Close your eyes and allow yourself to drift away with the music.

As you listen, pay attention to the different sounds and instruments that you can hear. Try to imagine what they would look like if you were seeing them in your mind’s eye. Visualize the colors and patterns that the music creates. Allow yourself to get lost in the experience.

When you are ready, slowly open your eyes and take a few deep breaths. You should feel relaxed and refreshed, as if you have just taken a powerful trip without any of the negative side effects.

How to Use the Playback Trick

To use the playback trick, you’ll need two tape decks (or two cassette players, two CD players, etc.) connected together. One of the decks will be designated as the “master” and the other as the “slave.”

The master deck will be playing the music normally. Every few seconds, however, you’ll hit the pause button on the master deck. At the same moment, you’ll hit the record button on the slave deck. The slave will now record a few seconds of silence from the master.

After a couple of seconds, you’ll release the pause button on the master and hit play. The music will continue playing uninterrupted on the slave deck while the master pauses again. You’ll hit record on the slave once more, capturing another few seconds of silence.

You can continue this process indefinitely, creating an ever-lengthening loop of silence punctuated by brief snippets of music. As long as you keep hitting record at precisely the right moment, the effect will be seamless and continuous.


We hope you enjoyed this little playback trick! If you’re a fan of psychedelic rock, we think you’ll love it. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

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