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Secret message in "Switch on Leon" on E2


Post Posted Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:41 pm
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TL;DR: I found an Easter Egg on Electronica 2 (some weeks ago - on the EI premiere day to be exact). Full story below.



Some of you might be aware that there are secret messages hidden on Electronica 1/2. When I solved the hardest one from E1 (the binary-encoded coordinates of Place de la Concorde; see here ) I got a gift from JMJ and then a couple of months later had a brief private meeting with JMJ and Stephan Gervais. They told me that the riddles in E2 are harder because (and I quote JMJ directly) "you said they were too easy for you!" (as it turns out the expectation was it would take months while it took some 9 days... so there you have it - I somewhat influenced the audio content of E2! ;). I told them that I found the image of a "Bode Frequency Shifter" in the spectrogram of "Switch on Leon" (between 4:24 and 4:26) and thus I suppose that the audio needs to be somehow processed to reveal the mystery and they smiled and nodded. I suspected that if anything is hidden there it's likely in the inaudible zone, around (or likely above) 20kHz. So I removed everything below 20kHz and applied a frequency shifter to lower the frequency by 10kHz-20kHz. That, however produced no results and I kind of gave up.

It was until a few weeks ago that I noticed something odd in the spectrogram of one of Stephan's "Triptych" pieces - some odd lone shapes around 20kHz. So I applied the same technique and... turns out there was something there! So I loaded up "Switch on Leon" again and looked at the spectrogram again - as this time I knew what to look for. And there it was. I wouldn't have noticed it, because it was not really separated from the actual audio content. It's hiding just below the edge of 20kHz, so my pre-filter was killing it (otherwise I would've found it two years ago!) So this time I did the -20kHz frequency shift without any pre-filtering and... voila. "Switch on Leon" hides an entire minute of an interview with Salvador Dali (from 1:12 to 2:15). You can try it out yourself if you have the lossless version of the album (CD/WAV/FLAC - mp3 won't do) and proper tools.
Post Posted Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:10 pm
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Jote wrote:TL;DR: I found an Easter Egg on Electronica 2 (some weeks ago - on the EI premiere day to be exact). Full story below.

This is awesome! :clap3: :clap3: :clap3:
:q!
Post Posted Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:13 pm
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1906 wrote: Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:10 pm
Jote wrote:TL;DR: I found an Easter Egg on Electronica 2 (some weeks ago - on the EI premiere day to be exact). Full story below.

This is awesome! :clap3: :clap3: :clap3:
Yeah, he got the Ele box-set for it. Part 1, I don't remember if ge tor part 2, or he had to buy it.
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Post Posted Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:53 pm
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SF01 wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:13 pm Yeah, ge got the Ele box-set for it. Part 1, I don't remember if ge tor part 2, or he had to buy it.
"He"? Why the third person? You realize both of those discoveries (coordinates on E1 and Dali on E2) were made by the same person, i.e. me? ;)

Yes, I bought E2 myself. I also met briefly with JMJ and Stéphane Gervais (as described in one of the posts above) in 2016 to discuss it.
Post Posted Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:28 pm
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Jote wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:53 pm
SF01 wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:13 pm Yeah, ge got the Ele box-set for it. Part 1, I don't remember if ge tor part 2, or he had to buy it.
"He"? Why the third person? You realize both of those discoveries (coordinates on E1 and Dali on E2) were made by the same person, i.e. me? ;)

Yes, I bought E2 myself. I also met briefly with JMJ and Stéphane Gervais (as described in one of the posts above) in 2016 to discuss it.
Third person, because I was replying to another guy, so I couldn't use first, or second person, or I don't know grammar as good as I would like to think.

Yeah, I didn't remember if Part 2 was also the prize, or not.

Once I saw you find the hidden images in E1, I looked for them in E2, but I never connected the dots to look for coordinates.







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