Mind Control in the Music Industry ~ Part 2

March 17, 2012 § 22 Comments

By Tai Carmen

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“As artists we’re highly sensitive people, and this machine around us, this so-called ‘music industry,’ is such a demonic thing. It’s sacrifices people’s lives and their essences at the drop of a dime … I had a manager once say to me, ‘ You know you’re worth more money dead than alive.”’ ~Chaka Khan

An in-depth analysis of mind-control themes in contemporary pop music (see last week’s Mind Control in the Music Industry ~ Part 1) would be incomplete without addressing Metropolis. Written and directed by German expressionist Fritz Lang in 1927, the cult classic is set in a futuristic urban dystopia. The story highlights the struggle between two distinct classes, the wealthy rulers who designed the city and the oppressed, mechanized workers who live underground — without whom the elite’s metropolis could not be sustained. Freder, the son of the city’s creator, becomes entranced with a young woman, the charismatic, angelic Maria.

Though the restless workers are pressing for revolt, Maria acts as a people’s prophet, advocating peace. She entreats them to remain patient, promising that God will send a mediator to channel communication between the divided classes. However, Maria is abducted by Joh Frederson (city creator and father of Freder,) along with his accomplice, the mad scientist, Rotwang. The two men take her to a black magic laboratory and hook her up to a machine which steals her likeness.

Using a fusion of satanic ritual and Tesla-esque technology, Rotwang has created a “machine man” whom he considers “the man of the future.” The archaic android has the faculty to assume the physical appearance of any person Rotwang programs it to imitate. Employing this technology, the two men create a false Maria.

At the end of the procedure, the simulated Maria looks exactly like the beautiful young woman after which she has been modeled. But beneath the deceptively soft-looking skin lies a cold, programmed machine.

The false Maria is then set loose on the worker city to incite riots and discredit the movement started by the real Maria. The chaos is generated by an erotic dance performance by the false Maria in a red light district club.

Posing as the Whore of Babylon astride a multi-headed beast, the machine-Maria inspires lust, madness, rage and violence to break out among the men.

In the end, Fredor becomes the mediator between the ruling and the working classes (though he can hardly be considered neutral, what with his father owning the city!) Yet the film closes with the feel-good caption: “the mediator between the head and hands must be the heart.” Metropolis is a stunning visual odyssey, a technical marvel. Widely and deservedly considered a masterpiece.

Like any work of art, the film can be interpreted in multiple ways and on multiple levels. Clearly the head in the closing epitaph is supposed to represent the elite, framing them as the brains, and the hands represent the workers, the brawny means by which the visions of “the head” are carried out. But what does the heart symbolize to the film’s creators?

Metropolis was co-written by Fritz Lang with his wife, Thea von Harbou. Though she would go on to become a passionate member of the Nazi party, the Jewish Lang held democratic political views, having no Nazi affiliations beyond the fact that Hitler famously admired the film. Some conspiracy sites (check out Vigilent Citizen’s “Occult Symbolism in Metropolis”) have suggested that the film is a statement made by the elite for the elite, and that the mediator symbolizes the media, which has become increasingly controlled by the same six corporations – in other words, a small handful of wealthy, elite individuals.

Whatever Fritz Lang’s intended cinematic message, the film sparks interesting speculations. For instance, note that the tool used by the elite (represented by mad scientist Rotwang and city creator, Joh Frederson) to manipulate the masses was a woman dancing erotically.

Could control of the masses be as simple as sex?

Certainly, though it is rare, the CIA has publicly admitted to infiltrating the media.

Also interesting, the visage of false Maria is often imitated by today’s pop stars, who make common practice of paying tribute to Metroplis, specifically Rotwang’s creation.  

The message behind the woman as robot is similar to the message behind the woman as doll — another theme that shows up constantly in today’s videos and popular music symbology.

The visual cue subtly but firmly dictates: she is not in control of herself. She is programmable.

Often, with doll and robot imagery, comes a motif of missing limbs.



An internet culture has been built around the regularity with which these images recur in the pop mythos. Theories that pop stars are mere puppets for higher powers wishing to impart agenda-driven messages abound.

“The idea behind Illuminati involvement in the careers of popular music icons,” notes conspiracy site Parkalert Press, “revolves around the central concept that as new artists, athletes, and personalities arrive on the scene, there is a system in place where certain people are handpicked to go on to a further calling.” “Pop icons are influential,” continues Parkalert Press, “especially on young people, and their everyday movements attract the attention of millions.  That’s why the theory exists that the Illuminati embraces them, ‘enlightens’ them, if you will, and then supports them, further adding to their success.

“In return, these people cooperate by showing their appreciation for how they got where they are through permeating their music, videos, interviews, books, and everyday actions with Illuminati-based symbolism, imagery, and terminology.”

Could the rise in mental health disorders today be exacerbated by the bipolar and dissociative themes in pop music today? It could be a self-feeding cycle. Is the recurring imagery simply a case of mental health issues being common in artists and performers?

Many believe the relentless plentitude of symbols point in a more sinister direction. Monarch Programming is a specific kind of trauma-based mind control which many speculate may be rampant in the entertainment industry, what with the plethora of butterfly imagery.

Cathy O’Brien is an outspoken activist spreading awareness about the phenomenon of trauma-based mind control. In her exposé “Trance Formation of America” she details her life as a Monarch Slave. Also known as Marionette Programming, this dark brand of psychological warfare originated in Nazi Germany.

After the allies won WWII, a slew of Nazi scientists, doctors and psychiatrists were brought over to the US — ostensibly so the enemy didn’t have access to their sinister skills. But then guess who did? Out of this infamous influx of mad Rotwangs, MK ULTRA was born: a covert, illegal human experimentation program run by the CIA’s Office of Scientific Intelligence.

According to whistleblowers like Cathy O’Brien, Project Monarch is an outgrowth of that program, designed to artificially induce MPD and DID in victims as a means of control, creating Manchurian candidate types to do their bidding; whether it be sex slavery or assassination. The conspiracy theory line of reasoning goes … why not pop stars, too?

Rosanne Bar has publicly asserted that her Multiple Personality Disorder was “deliberately induced by the CIA […] after they brought all the Nazis over from Germany to run the American Psychiatric Association.”

When Larry King, with whom she is interviewing, expresses disbelief, Roseanne sticks to her story: “I’m telling you the truth. It is all mind control and all kinds of things to invent people with multiple personalities.”

“So you have been captured by Nazis?” ribs Larry King, still not taking her seriously.

Roseanne responds, “Well, in a way, I believe the government has implanted some kind of a chip into my head.” Posts on her blog and repeated appearances at mind control survivor conferences affirm that her comments to Larry were no joke.

It may, too, simply be that today’s performers are voicing the public’s own semi-subliminal sensation of existing in what is essentially a mind control environment.

We are spoon-fed what to believe by advertisers. Traumatized on a daily basis by the violence in the news. Forced to compartmentalize in order to function, perhaps by wearing a fashionable article of clothing and conveniently blocking out the conditions of the sweatshop workers who produced it. Or by eating a fast food chicken sandwich, while avoiding thinking about the crowded, unsanitary conditions of the chickens; those rows upon rows of dirty cages. And who among us does not feel they have multiple selves living within them? Men and women alike are dehumanized, reduced to faceless consumers.

Women are objectified, many brainwashed into taking up the values of their oppressors, objectifying themselves and promoting self-objectifying to others.

In a previous post, “The Mad Cult of the World,” I compare the socialization process to cult indoctrination. The similarities are actually quite noteworthy. Perhaps it makes sense for us to collectively express mind control themes through our chosen cultural archetypes.

What do you think?

§ 22 Responses to Mind Control in the Music Industry ~ Part 2

  • Pedro P. says:

    Thank you for the read.

  • Julie Vitells says:

    Tai!!! Your blog posts are so fascinating all the time!!

  • Frederik says:

    A superb follow up to part one. I read the article you linked to about monarch programming and my oh my is that disturbing. I really appreciate your articles because they help me to keep and open mind and to stay away from the pit falls of our society (ie. music videos, tv shows etc.) so thank you for that and keep up the great work!

    • Tai Carmen says:

      Thank you, Frederik! I appreciate your feedback. 🙂

      The Monarch Programming stuff is immensely disturbing! I remember my first introduction…it’s truly sickening and tears a little piece of one’s faith in humanity down.

      Even though learning about it for the first time is jolting, I enjoy reading the “MK Culture” stuff on http://www.vigilantcitizen.com because he helps me look at mainstream culture awry, from a deconstructive angle. It’s how I look at things anyway (not having a TV will make commercials look extra-brain-wash-y-weird when you do end up watching one!) but it always helps to be engaged in a dialogue with others looking past that superficial layer.

      Pop culture can be amazingly disturbing when you turn a critical eye to it. Regardless of any theories as to what’s going on behind the scenes, many of the images are just…spirit-sucking.

      So I am honored to play a role in anyone’s reading life where I am helping keep their eyes open and their perspective fresh. 🙂

      It’s hard, too, because as an artist and art-appreciator, I don’t want to be repressive, to say controversial imagery is automatically bad. I am such a supporter of freedom of expression and the many faceted possibilities therein. Yet at the same time, we can’t just automatically write anything off that falls under the category of art as “fine and dandy.”

      Does it have a right to exist? Absolutely. Should we ask questions about disturbing motifs? Yup!!

      On on!


  • Robert C says:

    Great Read! A good basic start to avoid some of this is the news diet advocated by Nasim Taleb and going back to the historian Spengler. Avoid the “news”. What you say? I need the news to be informed! Really? Of the 10,000 or so news “stories” you as an adult have consumed over the last 5 years how many have made a difference in your life? In fact, most make you anxious and ultimately manipulate you. Its not just music, but news and other electronically mediated imagery and information and indoctrination masquerading as entertainment…

    • Tai Carmen says:

      I’ll check out the names you mentioned. Glad you liked the article. 🙂

      Great point by the way:

      “Of the 10,000 or so news “stories” you as an adult have consumed over the last 5 years how many have made a difference in your life?”

      I can actually say that none of them have affected me personally. And that they have caused a tremendous amount of anxiety.

      People feel like they need the news so as to feel connected to the world, and there is truth to that: we shouldn’t be entirely disconnected from what is going on. But there are no mainstream news sources that filter out the sensationalism from the truly globally relevant news. Because blank airtime doesn’t sell and anxious viewers stay glued to the tube where peaceful viewers might be more inclined to go out and work in the garden.

      “Indoctrination masquerading as entertainment” is impeccably worded. And we are all too happy to pay for our own propaganda.

      Fortunately, where there is dialogue, there is hope. 🙂

      On on!


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  • Laura says:

    Reblogged this on Here and Now.

  • Veronica says:

    So glad to have found this blog. Finding contemporary ways to share the truth with young people is not easy, with anybody in fact. I intend to share some of your pieces with my 18yr old daughter and 20yr old niece, who defend some of the very same entertainers you mention, and roll their eyes when I comment on the dark and soul sucking images they are growing accustomed to.

    • Tai Carmen says:

      I’m so glad to hear it, Veronica. It’s hard to discuss these things with fans who are “inside” of the music & desensitized to the culture it creates.

      I think it helps to not make it a black & white issue, as many writers on this subject do. I suggest clarifying that you are not saying that art has to be moralistic; acknowledge that art is by nature supposed to be a free form of expression, and oftentimes *does* explore shadow aspects of humanity, as well as human ambiguity. But what’s important to note in terms of contemporary music imagery & theme is that these images of control, humiliation, satanic symbols to conjure a sense of fear & dark power, are not simply “exploratory”…they are insanely repetitive. If we were seeing just one or two images of a woman tied up, or a bloody murder, or someone with controllers on their head; fine. The artist is exploring that theme. But we see a countless number of these same images repeated again & again & again. I think that is where you might catch your daughter & other young music listener’s interest: put the challenge to them to just notice these themes. How many times you notice X image played out in a music video. Just notice it. And take note.

      And the other aspect to bring up, I think, is that every symbol has an implication. The image of a woman with probes on her head, hooked up to a machine, for instance, is not an image in a vacuum. It’s not just “odd” and nothing else. It implies something. You can ask them: “What does it make you think of?” Does it imply freedom? Does it imply fun? They would be hard pressed to argue that it implies anything but mind control at that point.

      Thank you for your comment & for being part of the conversation….My apologies for the late reply! Sometimes comments slip through the digital cracks & I missed this one when it first came through, but it was a pleasure to unearth unexpectedly today. I hope the timing of my slow response can in some way be serendipitous for you. 😉 Also, I hope you will sign up to the blog (upper righthand corner) because I think it’s time for a follow-up on this post….the images have only gotten darker & more blatant since I posted this in 2014.

      On on!


  • Jenn says:

    Fascinating! I enjoyed both articles!

  • Paul Dunbar says:

    Reblogged this on the lethal text and commented:
    An excellent introduction to this vast subject… great picture research too.

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