Reverse echo

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Reverse echo or reverse reverb, also known as backwards echo and reverse regeneration, is a sound effect created as the result of recording an echo or delayed signal of an audio recording played backwards. The original recording is then played forwards accompanied by the recording of the echo or delayed signal which now precedes the original signal.

Development[edit]

Guitarist and producer Jimmy Page claims to have invented the effect, stating that he originally developed the method when recording the single "Ten Little Indians" with The Yardbirds in 1967.[1] He later used it on a number of Led Zeppelin tracks, including "You Shook Me", "Whole Lotta Love", and their cover of "When the Levee Breaks". In an interview he gave to Guitar World magazine in 1993, Page explained:

Despite Page's claims, an earlier example of the effect can distinctly be heard towards the end of the 1966 Lee Mallory single "That's the Way It's Gonna Be", produced by Curt Boettcher.[3][4][5][6]

Usage[edit]

Reverse reverb is commonly used in shoegaze, particularly by such bands as My Bloody Valentine.

Use in other media[edit]

Reverse echo has been used in filmmaking and television production for an otherworldly effect on voices, especially in horror movies.

Reverse echo is also often used as a lead-in to vocal passages in hardstyle music. It is used for the same reason in trance music, particularly by Cosmic Gate.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brad Tolinski and Greg Di Bendetto, "Light and Shade", Guitar World, January 1998.
  2. ^ Interview with Jimmy Page, Guitar World magazine, 1993
  3. ^ That's The Way It's Gonna Be review by Richie Unterberger at AllMusic
  4. ^ Fennelly, Mike (2001). "Magic Time Box Set liner notes". albumlinernotes.com. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "That's the Way It's Gonna Be" on YouTube
  6. ^ Priore, Domenic (1 July 2007). Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock'n'roll's Last Stand in 60s Hollywood. Outline Press, Limited. p. 184. ISBN 978-1-906002-94-7. Retrieved 12 August 2013.