Mind Control in the Music Industry

February 22, 2012 § 38 Comments

By Tai Carmen

“As an artist, I think delusion is the greatest gift that you can bear.” ~ Lady Gaga 

You’re not supposed to take pop music seriously. By definition, it is fluff; pure sugar. But sugar, sweet and insubstantial as it is, can be a dangerous thing.

Music is a powerful force. And pop music holds great influence over the masses. It’s worth noticing, then, what kind of messages are being broadcast to our minds via the pop music industry.

As the slew of buzzing conspiracy sites can attest to, there has been a distinct and disturbing trend in the pop music imagery of the past several years, which propagates the glamorization of mind control themes.

Whether it’s Lady Gaga portraying an insane asylum through a high fashion lens in “Marry the Night,” or Britney Spears posing as a laboratory marionette with tubes coming out of her bandaged fingers in “Hold it Against Me,” pop stars are all pumping out the same recycled slew of mind control themes.

Many people may not realize that the practice of trauma-based mind control has a very real and chilling history in the US: in the 1950s and 60s the CIA conducted covert and illegal experiments on unwitting citizens, now declassified and known as project MK ULTRA.

If you’re not familiar with this subject, be prepared to discover a disturbing facet of American history. The image below is shocking—it’s the only photographic image online from the MK Ultra files, most of which have been destroyed—but I offer it under due consideration to substantiate the argument that conspiracy theories of trauma-based mind control are not so far fetched.

The published evidence indicates that Project MK ULTRA was a government-funded operation created with the goal of studying various methods of mind control, using the surreptitious administration of drugs and other chemicals, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, isolation, verbal and sexual abuse, as well as various forms of torture.

Project MK ULTRA was first brought to public attention in 1975 by the U.S. Congress, through investigations by the Church Committee, and by a presidential commission known as the Rockefeller Commission.

Although the CIA insists that MK ULTRA-type experiments have been abandoned, 14-year CIA veteran Victor Marchetti has stated in various interviews that the CIA routinely conducts disinformation campaigns and that CIA mind control research continues. In a 1977 interview, Marchetti called the CIA claim that MK ULTRA was abandoned “a cover story.”  (Project MK-ULTRA.)

So why does the fashion and music industry glamorize these atrocities? The question, complete with spooky implication, remains. But that such themes recur with bizarre and increasing regularity, should be of interest, not just to conspiracy buffs, but to every thinking citizen.

According to experts, one of the consequences of trauma-based mind control is the creation of several different personalities, called alter egos. This deliberate compartmentalization and fragmentation of the whole person allows for more control over the subject/victim: one alter ego, for instance, could hide something from another. So, in theory, a “dark” alter ego could be created to carry out actions distasteful to the dominant personality.

Considering this, it’s odd to note how many celebrity recording artists have publicly discussed their “alters” as though it were the most natural thing in the world.

“This alter ego takes over when I am on stage. She is really wild and daring and a much more impulsive performer than I am. Her name is Britannia. When I am her I feel I can take on the world, normally I am pretty shy.” ~ Britney Spears

“Slim Shady is just the evil thoughts that come into my head, things I shouldn’t be thinking about.” ~ Eminem

“I had to separate the two because Mary is nice, you know, intelligent. Brook-Lynn is crazy and ignorant and she don’t care.” ~ Mary J. Blithe

“I have someone else that takes over when it’s time for me to work and when I’m on stage, this alter ego that I’ve created that kind of protects me and who I really am. When I’m onstage I’m aggressive and strong and not afraid of my sexuality. The tone of my voice gets different, and I’m fearless. I’m just a different person.” ~ Beyonce

The Beyonce/Sasha Fierce phenomenon has been particularly driven home, as can be experienced during this odd footage glamorizing the splitting of personalties, shown at a Beyonce concert.

Notice the two Beyonces are quite obviously divided into “pure/innocent/good-in-a-boring-way” Beyonce and “sexy/corrupt/dark/bad-in-a-good-way” Beyonce. The coin symbolism is quite clear as well: two sides of the same coin; black & white polarization. Obviously, the former is portrayed as a goody-two-shoes and a wimp, and the vixen wins our favor with her superior, fierce fashion and high-powered queenly self-possession. We can hardly help but feel our sympathies allied with the dark Beyonce, aka Sasha Fierce. But who is Sasha Fierce?

“Many years ago,” Beyonce explained to the press, “I named my alter ego Sasha and it’s something that stuck. So when I was trying to decide the title of my album… I realized it had two different sounds. One represented who I really am and one sounded like my alter ego, so I decided to split it into two. Because I feel like Sasha is a big treat for my fans. It’s definitely exciting being able to have an excuse to be so over the top.”

Anyone with knowledge of psychology knows that splitting the personality into “good” and “bad” is an unhealthy coping mechanism.

“Splitting can be seen as a developmental stage and as a defense mechanism. In psychoanalysis, there are the concepts of splitting of the self as well as splitting of the ego. This stems from existential insecurity, or instability of one’s self-concept. The borderline personality is not able to integrate the good and bad images of both self and others, so that people who suffer from borderline personality disorder have a bad representation which dominates the good representation.” (Splitting.)

As humans we have both positive and negative impulses. We should foster self-acceptance and positive action, not internal division. To promote compartmentalizing, rather than integrating, these conflicting inner aspects is to advocate a problematic road.

“What I feel onstage,” says Beyonce, “I don’t feel anywhere else. It’s an out-of-body experience. I created my stage persona … so that when I go home, I don’t have to think about what it is I do. Sasha isn’t me. The people around me know who I really am.”

It seems odd for the singer to describe wanting to “forget what it is she does,” as if it were something dirty. And the description of feeling outside of her body, while channeling a personality she has described in interviews as “someone I wouldn’t want to meet on the street,” sounds notably dissociative.

It’s understandable why so many demonic possession threads surround the singer. Beyonce went from the girl next door to a vixen sporting satanic goat skull imagery overnight. Now she has told press: “Sasha is done. I killed her.”

These sound more like the words of a troubled teen than a world-renowned performer in her thirties. And troubled teens everywhere are hanging on her every word.

Nicki Minaj, known for her brash style, multiple wigs and personalities, describes her alter ego “Roman Zolanksi” as a “crazy boy who lives in me and says the things that I don’t want to say. He was born just a few months ago. I think he was born out of rage. He was conceived in rage. So he bashes everyone. He threatens to beat people and he’s violent.”

The interviewer, of course, treats all of this like it’s perfectly normal and even funny, despite Nicki’s strangely expressionless delivery: “That must be nice,” he says off camera, “to have, like, an ignorent loud mouth so you can just sort of blame every–” Nicki Interjects: “He wants to be blamed. I don’t want to blame him. I ask him to leave. But he can’t. He’s here for a reason. People have brought him out. People conjured him up and now he won’t leave.

The fact that she concludes another interview by snarling demonically and proclaiming that “anybody who ever doubted Roman is going down in a coffin” is seen by the world as harmless theatre. More recently she has been quoted as saying that Roman is her favorite of all her different personalities because  “everybody else started to like Roman, so he became my favorite.”

In a recent interview with Ryan Seacrest, Minaj details creepily:  “He wanted to show that not only is he amazing, but he’s never going to be exorcised, even when they throw holy water on him, he still rises above.”

That the scratchy-voiced singer chanting “Take your medication, Roman! Take a long vacation, Roman!” while handcuffed to an upright table, electroshock -style, and surrounded by hooded figures has been touted by the press as a “show stealer” at the recent Grammy Awards ceremony shows the sad state of pop music today. (She has called the performance “Roman’s coming out party.”) That she is shouting “Stop! Get me out of here!” in the beginning of the performance is emblematic of a troubling trend.

Electroshock therapy imagery is everywhere these days. It’s hard to find a Lady Gaga video without it. She skirts the issue in “Yoü and I,” a video fraught with mind control imagery and multiple selves, including Gaga’s recent alter ego, a greasy Italian dude she calls “Jo Calterdone.” In interviews she says the video is about “the crazy things people will do for love.” She explains the weird scenes in the barn, when her lover straps her down by the wrists and ankles to an upright table, as being about her “mad scientist boyfriend turning her into a mermaid.”

But throwing in fanciful ideas like mermaids doesn’t change the undeniably disturbing nature of being strapped down in a barn and experimented on; adding the fact that the mad scientist is supposed to be her character’s boyfriend only ups the creep factor.

And why is the version of Gaga narrating the conclusion wearing weird straps and wires on her jaw like it’s the latest trend?

You might recognize this look from the earlier MK ULTRA image (echoed quite directly in the image of Gaga at the top of this post.) But this video is about the crazy things we do for love, right?

The shock pop star’s video “Marry the Night” starts out in a Girl Interrupted-style insane asylum, where Lady Gaga is being wheeled in on a gurney in post-surgical garb after apparently having had her spine removed. The voiceover notes:

“When I look back on my life, it’s not that I don’t want to see things exactly as they happened. It’s just that I prefer to remember them in an artistic way. And truthfully, the lie of it all is much more honest because I invented it. Clinical psychology tells us arguably that trauma is the ultimate killer. Memories are not recycled like atoms and particles in quantum physics. They can be lost forever. It’s sort of like my past is an unfinished painting and as the artist of that painting I must fill in all the ugly holes and make it beautiful again. It’s not that I’ve been dishonest, it’s just that I loath reality.”

Later, looking wearily up at her nurse, a traumatized-looking Gaga says she is going to be a star, because she has “nothing left to lose.”

“See the girl to your left?” she asks the viewer as the nurses wheel her into a spooky psychiatric ward of half-naked, tranced out, trouble women…”She ordered gummy bears and a knife a couple hours ago. They only gave her the gummy bears. I wish they’d only given me the gummy bears.”

Gaga has told press that the video is intended for ‘art to imitate life’ and depict her journey to stardom. For those wondering what left Gaga so traumatized on that journey, MTV.com has the artist’s official answer: “The video is a metaphor for how she felt when she was dropped from her first record label, Island Def Jam, before landing at her current home at Interscope.”

A statement that leaves us wondering exactly what that transition from Def Jam to Interscope entailed!

(click to read Part 2)

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§ 38 Responses to Mind Control in the Music Industry

  • Demetrius Burns says:


  • Julie Vitells says:

    Love this! Tai, you’re so smart

  • Tanja says:

    Hello Tai

    Thanks so much for a great article! Real food for thought 🙂

    Just the other day my mom called me from Australia (I’m an Aussie expat now living in France) and shared the following…

    “I was watching those music video shows and noticed something strange I can’t seem to get out of my mind so I thought I’d call and ask you about it” she said “Why are they all dancing around in their underwear?”

    (My mom is 62) 🙂

    Then I thought, good point mom. So why is that? It’s because the music is usually below average and they need to sell it via other means. In most cases, they use sex…having to strip off in order to distract from the music.

    But that’s old history.

    Now it seems as though they’re running out of ideas…needing to increase the shock value. They have to keep pushing the envelope. They have to keep coming up with more and more risqué smoke and mirror images in order to ‘brainwash’ people into buying their music.

    The other way of looking at it is this: Perhaps all the ‘electro shock therapy imagery’ is a metaphor for what’s going on in the world/society.
    A backlash to being conditioned by the governments and general status quo?

    • Tai Carmen says:

      You (and your mom) are so right. They have to tart it up because it is below average. But now they’ve already done the plain old simple “sex sells” routine and they think they have to make it increasingly twisted to keep us interested.

      I do think there has to be some kind of metaphor about society in the mind control/electroshock imagery, the fact that it’s part of our mass mythology at the moment. Perhaps it’s a metaphor for how we all feel — like victims of trauma (from the crazy brutalities we see in the news) and mind control (capitalist/corporations/everyone just trying to psychologically manipulate us into buying their products.)

      A more sinister take could be that some kind of shadowy elite group is trying to administer a mass, gradual trauma via psychologically disturbing imagery upon anyone willing to participate. The question remains!

      Thanks for being part of the conversation. 🙂


  • Lauren says:

    Thank you for this!! Really well put together article!

  • Frederik says:

    Mind blowing stuff, i don’t watch tv so haven’t seen all of this but it is really disturbing. I think you might be right when comes to a shadowy elite group trying to control us or maybe escpecially the younger generation, but i am also a sucker for conspiracies. Great article can’t wait for part 2

    • Tai Carmen says:

      Thanks!! 🙂 I appreciate it. I don’t have TV either. I would never even know about these artists if it weren’t for conspiracy sites I frequent (www.vigilantcitizen.com is always interesting!) which analyze the latest videos through that lens. It’s definitely fun to watch them, not as entertainment, but as material to analyze (as entertainment, to me, it’s trash, but as material for cultural analysis, it’s rich!)

      I, too, am a sucker for conspiracies! I will definitely be getting into that a little more in Part 2! Though I make sure to keep any conspiracy angles transparently speculative (in other words, not press theory as fact) for Parallax, as I do want to report as objectively as possible. Personally, though, I see it as a deliberate and unified act which suggests some kind of covert agenda. Spooky!

      Thanks for the kind words!
      Journey well 🙂


      • Frederik says:

        How cool, i will definitely look into that site. It is very interesting indeed and really disturbing. Particularly the video with nicky minaj was very scary. Someone needs to help her.
        I really appreciate that you try to keep it as objective as possible, because many places where you read about conspiracies they are portrait as being the only thruth and it is good to keep ind mind that it is not all black and white 🙂
        Yes spooky indeed

  • lala says:

    Great article!! I knew pop was shit, but I never thought about it in the means presented here. Good job.

  • Rob says:

    A very nice article, the premise and basis for it are clearly formed and still leaves the reader to try and determine the conclusion.

    A few comments mentioned, and i strongly agree, that the images are allegorical to the sense that we are all feeling like abused brainwashing victims within a society that carries out activities in a very brainwashed way. Notice that more frequently the music and voices are layered or synthesized to sound robotic and mechanical (we don’t have to look only to T-Pain for this but Gaga and even Cher have used it). When these electronic voices are reciting nearly meaningless or empty lyrics, i think it represents this is an even more powerful way. Have we not all gone from a time when identity could be defined (or nearly defined) without an electronic representation to support it? Pop music can present (unintentionally) questions floating around in the backs of our minds… How do we deal with this change of shape and expansion of our identities? computer dominated sense of simultaneous isolation and overcrowding? and how do we integrate all of that while witnessing, even seeing that we participate politically in global traumas – without also a certain amount of identity splitting?

    On a whole other note, as someone who struggles with borderline personality disorder i appreciate that some attention is given to the disorder but i have to point out that splitting in that sense (where we have a great deal of trouble not seeing ourselves, aspects of ourselves, and others in black and white terms) is really not the same as the type of identity or ego splitting that you were talking about in the article.

    Some pop icons etc., ever pursuing higher levels and uniqueness in the psychological therapies they use, many may be using Integral Family Systems Therapy (IFST)** This therapy makes use of and speaks freely about the various aspects and complexes in our personality which have in some sense grown at the same time but nearly apart from the dominant aspects of our personality. People using this therapy often give names and descriptions to the other parts of their personality. The hope is that by integrating and not ignoring these different parts we can live a more complete life. Without much knowledge about the system it may seem very creepy to onlookers but isn’t really so creepy. Sorry, i’ve become distracted, not sure if this all made sense…

    ** (for more on IFST see: http://www.goodtherapy.org/Internal_Family_Systems_Therapy.html)


    • Tai Carmen says:

      It all makes perfect sense. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I appreciate hearing from someone with an inside perspective. I guess my aim was not to say that celebrity alter egos are the exact same thing as a borderline personality situation in psychological terms — as artists I understand we experiment and play with different aspects of ourselves. But isn’t there a relationship or continuum between the public promotion of black and white compartmentalized self-perception and the effect it has on listeners/viewers’ self-perception? I do appreciate your point about the exercise aspect of it, about it being a means to an end of wholeness…but the way I see celebrities acting this psychological drama out doesn’t seem particularly integration-aimed…it seems more like it’s glamorizing the split aspect alone. It’s very possible I am trying to put too many ideas in one basket…

      I love your point about global traumas and the collective splitting which logically must occur to us as a result of everything we witness as a culture and a race (the human race). I have been mentally brewing that slant on the subject for part 2 (mind control themes in pop culture as a metaphor for how we feel as a society) and I love hearing reader’s thoughts on it. When you think about how many traumatizing aspects of society we have to ignore/compartmentalize on a daily basis to function (our cozy sweater which was made in a sweatshop, our yummy treat whose packaging will take a century to disintegrate; news of violent revolutions, hate crimes, etc, which we watch, assimilate, and then, perhaps, sit down to eat dinner with the family…) it makes perfect sense that we as a culture would be putting these types of images out.

      As someone with an intimate knowledge of borderline personality disorder, do you think there is any validity to my line of thinking that the promotion of split personality imagery and themes are exacerbating related psychological tendencies in listeners?

      Again, thanks for your kind words about the post and for your measured weighing in.

      On on!


      • Rob says:

        Thanks for your response to my response. This is really long (sometimes i just can’t stop myself) so i won’t be offended if you TLDR it…

        You mentioned MK-Ultra so i just wanted to also point you towards Magician/ Mentalist Derren Brown’s “The Experiments” http://www.channel4.com/programmes/derren-brown-the-experiments/4od
        You might find the set of 4 programs enjoyable. Keep in mind that Derren is an entertainer but i think they still explore some very important topics related to all of this…

        With respect to Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or other psychiatric disorders, it’s really difficult to know what the impact is or could be. Everybody is a little different… Trent Reznor commented in an interview (a long time ago) that part of his goal was to let people know that they aren’t alone. For example, in songs that express depression he said that the wanted listeners to know that he was also feeling those things/ even famous musicians could feel that way and that we are in it together… For one listener that might help but it could just as easily get a person thinking more about their own depression and exacerbate it. If a trauma that the person experienced is revisited in art than the constant reminder could even be hazardous to their health but it’s not so for everyone. So i’d think that it could be similar with videos demonstrating personality splits etc.

        Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), is still used, and i have met people who have undergone the treatment. Speaking to them immediately after the treatment can be difficult but i really don’t think that the types of images in the videos is something that they would relate to or (if they did) i don’t think they’d relate it to something negative. On a personal aside, being taken to the Dr. in a psychiatric hospital without knowing the purpose of the visit and seeing ECT signs on the door is a pretty frightening experience though.

        Art does (and i believe it should) tend to express thoughts, feelings, and ideologies so it would be easy for us to go on about the expression of things that many of us seem to be experiencing and the bringing of shock treatment into the commons. There is another dimension to art as well…

        Movies (and i think music videos to a greater extent) can actually do the opposite of expressing and validating thoughts, feelings, etc. When a situation is portrayed on a two dimensional medium (canvass or screen) doesn’t it really assure us that the situation is fantasy? In some sense we know that it is fantasy because we can see it, including the main character (a similar situation to dissociating in which we want the situation to be fantasy/ we don’t want to accept or deal with it). When the character, environment, and situation are also 2 dimensional (in the sense of missing content) we then fill in the blanks according to our own experiences and thoughts. When it comes to a movie this means that the blanks in the heroes personality or thoughts (who we can’t possibly know inside and out) comes to represent ourselves while we simultaneously know it is in an impossible/ safe, situation. This makes for a good (and safe) fantasy.

        To me, the relation of the art to the viewer as fantasy is great, especially for action flicks, comedy, zombie movies, etc. What i wonder though is, what about situations that maybe we ought to be actually concerned about. If i see Lady Gaga, in a completely fantasy setting with no personality including the nearly empty content of the lyrics, being brainwashed etc. than does it mean that these types of experiments don’t or can’t happen? Rather than glorifying it, i wonder if it does the opposite and completely downplays it or brings it into the realm of the impossible fantasy.

        All this brings me to an even more twisted thought – If the situation is fantasy, (the TV screen assures me it’s so) and i know, maybe only unconsciously, that fantasy expresses desire (or even fetish) than what exactly is the media telling me it is that i desire????

      • Tai Carmen says:

        Fascinating thoughts, all! I appreciate your perspective via Trent Reznor’s point; it’s true that what makes one listener feel less alone can inspire another towards further destructiveness. The line is fine and the situation, personal.

        It’s interesting to think of what we see in film and television, music videos, ads, etc, not as glorifying but as distancing. I have always been of the glorifying camp, but I do see your point that it reassures us, also, of the subject’s distance. Spies and torture scenarios become the stuff of good entertainment, rather than a harrowing reality.

        And if the media funnels us psychologically fertile messages designed to ignite certain desires in us, as I believe they most certainly do, then what are they telling us to desire? Well, it seems like with these videos they want us to want to be brainwashed! And in a sense, we do! Modern man quite enjoys being marketed to. We shell out money for movies which often feature hidden agendas, possibly disinformation. I’m no different; I love to go to the movies! But it’s a funny thing to realize that we do, in effect, many times pay willingly for our own propaganda.

        On on!


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    • Tai Carmen says:

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  • hassan says:

    your are saying in your article that images that brought the music can affect us thanks to the way of the alter egos, but does the music itself, I mean the sounds and noises could control people the same way ?

    • Tai Carmen says:

      The effect of music on emotions, and the possibility of subliminal messages, is a fascinating aspect of this idea, which I didn’t get into in the article, as I was focusing on visual cues and symbolism; but a great point, yes!

      Most studies measuring the effectiveness of subliminal messages point to a low level of influence. But they do influence us to some degree:

      “There’s been a lot of scandal surrounding the concept of subliminal messages, from their introduction to popular culture in the mid twentieth century to modern ideas about their presence in a number of major brand names and products. The idea that we might be controlled by companies or other agents by means of unnoticed items in advertisements and other forms of media is certainly a sensational one, but for the most part there’s a lack of evidence that we are quite so easily moved. There have been several studies performed on the nature and efficacy of subliminal messages, each with different pieces of wisdom to share about the possibilities of this particular form of mind-control. Recently, Martijn Veltkamp, a dutch researcher, endeavored to add to the body of knowledge on the subject of subliminal messages with a study of his own, and the results may prove comforting for those concerned about the integrity of the mind and our relationship to it.

      Veltkamp’s study showed participants a number of media items with suggestive words or comments thrown in, flashing in intervals that are generally accepted as not being long enough to enter the conscious mind. While subjects were sometimes persuaded to act by a certain message, Veltkamp found that these instances only pertained to cases where the subject wanted to act that way in the first place, or when it fulfilled a particular biological need. As an example, Veltkamp cites the tendency of a group of people shown “drinking” and “thirsty” messages to drink from a provided cup of water, but only after they’d been deprived of fluids for a while or had been trained beforehand to associate the words with positive thoughts and feelings.” ~ http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/subliminal-messages-shown-to-have-little-efficacy/

      None the less, if subliminal messages are certifiably influential in confluence with subconscious desires and/or biological needs…that still seems like, with the right cocktail of manipulation, it could be quite a force to be reckoned with. However, it couldn’t make a killer out of a pacifist…so we are ultimately safe from the worst of it, I believe.

      Yet, beyond subliminal messages, the emotional power of music is undeniable! Who has not felt soothed by soothing music or revved up by an energetic song?

      However, this line of reasoning is tricky, too. For example, take the subject of highly aggressive music, such as, say, Death Metal. Many argue that Death Metal encourages rage, stirring the emotional pot of the listener and creating more chaos and unrest in the world. Of course many wonder if today’s surplus of negative, aggressive — and oftentimes, literally Satanically oriented — music is responsible for the increase in teen violence. It’s a legitimate question.

      However, many listeners of Death Metal, and other types of hard core, site the music as an *outlet* for their emotions, and hence a pacifier. This is a very real thing, as we have all experienced our own version of feeling a build up of unexpressed emotion, then listening to an expressive song, perhaps feeling a momentary rise in the emotion, but ultimately feeling “purged” of the distressing feeling after listening. So it can be cathartic and actually relieve emotional tension, and related explosive action. In some. There are probably others it riles up! So we can’t make a hard fast line in the sand either way.

      There is certainly a large helping of conspiracy theory websites, which report government involvement with sound-based mind control and weaponry ( http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread59992/pg1 ). But if you google the key words here, the only thing that comes up are conspiracy websites. Which, while I am not one to dismiss conspiracy theory whatsoever, I tend to take as a red flag. There are many conspiracy theories, which, if you google them, you will see wikipedia articles discussing the information, read regular news articles at least confirming the existence of certain players or basic aspects of the theory described, if not confirming the more far reaching claims…those are the ones I take seriously. But the conspiracy theories where only conspiracy websites are discussing them and the key players can not even be confirmed as existing (such as the sound weaponry/music mind control thread)…I am less worried about. I did a little cursory googling and could not find corroboration on any of the people or programs mentioned, beyond conspiracy sites.

      It’s a fascinating subject! Sound is an extremely powerful force, as is, by extension, music. And it certainly influences people. No question! For instance, in one study, people shopping to classical music spent more money ( http://www.acrwebsite.org/search/view-conference-proceedings.aspx?Id=7467 )

      Great comment ~ thanks! Perhaps it will generate a future post!

      On on,


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  • hassan says:

    Thank you for your answer, very instructive !!! even if it’s been a while know 🙂
    I agree with you this subject is really fascinating and a bit freaky too to be honest. I really think that we should post and discuss more about this kind of subject on internet. Anyway one more time thx, it was nice to share this with you 🙂 keep going you did great !!!


  • joy mercer corbin says:

    what is increasingly creepy and disturbing is the fact that if you are knowledgeable about the origins of mk-ultra you discover that these mind control techniques were instituted by nazi scientists brought over here for the oss,the forerunner of c.i.a.if you know your history you know about the methods of the brown shirts (obstensibly a youth organization similar to scouting) which became the nazi party.even jewish youth were members of the brown shirts ..these kids would march around mindlessly singing songs they gave no thought to thinking about their meanings until the atrocities of the holocaust opened their eyes. by then.it was too late.these monsters are still very much among us counting on our collective short term memory loss.those who forget or are ignorant of their history are doomed to repeat it. actually the imagery of mk-ultra has been around for a long time.check out the album cover art of buffalo springfield (a group admittingly i loved.) buffalo springfield again as well as one other of their albums feature imagery of project bluebird and project monarch both of these mind control projects come under the auspices of mk-ultra.we all are consumers of popular culture.the trick is to become an active viewer and listener as opposed to being a mindless sheepell allowing ourselves or our children to in essence be brainwashed by nazi elements. peace.joy.love.

    • Tai Carmen says:


      The historical background is chilling!
      And certainly it’s a good point that rock music has always incorporated occult imagery…I’m sure you’re right they have long incorporated MK imagery as well.

      Thanks for your comment!

      On on!


  • Slappy says:

    Britney looks great!

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