Peace And Love Incorporated (Information Society) Easter Egg - Final Track
In an early and extremely primitive example of the Enhanced CD concept, this disc's final track contains computer-readable data. The catch is that this is before the Enhanced CD existed, and also before CDROM drives were widespread. So most people who own this CD really have no idea how to access the data on it, or what the track contains (it sounds like loud screeching on a CD player).
Most bizzare of all, even the liner notes don't explain exactly how you're supposed to enjoy the final track. Fortunately the way this track appears listed on the back cover gives a clue: "300bps, 8, N, 1" Let's break this down:
300bps = 300 baud. To put this in perspective, todays modems run at 53000 baud.
8 = 8 data bits.
N = No parity. [don't ask, believe me, you don't wanna know]
1 = One stop bit.
The fact that this is all pretty cryptic and not explained in the liner notes hints that InSoc doesn't want to make it easy to read the final track, or at least wants people to puzzle over it. But anyway the bottom line here as tha these are modem settings. Thus, only by playing this track into a modem would it make any sense. It isn't very hard to do if you have an ancient modem with a handset, as you can just hold the handset up to the speakers on your stereo. Otherwise, well, good luck. This is probably just about the hardest-to-access "hidden" thing in the history of music, at least since the days of the Beatles' butcher cover with the huge sticker over it.
So once you get it working, what IS hidden in track 12? Well it's... nah, that would spoil the surprise.
8.5/10 with 22 votes
||Andrew Lenahan on 11-05-1999
CD, PC, an ancient phone-style modem, lots of luck
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