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Enigma Machine
Dream Theater
Length 6:01
Working title (Unknown)
Release date 20th September 2013
Lyrics (Instrumental)
Music Mangini, Petrucci, Myung, Rudess
First live performance Coliseu de Porto, Oporto, Portugal, on Jan. 15, 2014
Total live plays 96
Recorded Cove City Sound Studios
Other appearances Breaking the Fourth Wall
Previous song The Looking Glass
Next song The Bigger Picture

Enigma Machine is the fourth track and second instrumental from Dream Theater's eponymous 12th studio album, Dream Theater. It marks their first full length instrumental on a studio album since Stream of Consciousness in 2003.

John Petrucci recorded this song using a 7-string guitar in standard tuning (B-E-A-D-G-B-E).



The title of the song refers to an electro-mechanical German cipher device used in WWII. The British set up the Bletchley park project to crack the code, which Alan Turing eventually achieved.

During an interview with the band, when asked what his favourite song from the self-titled album was, James LaBrie responded with this one as he felt that it was the one where he shows the most range and versatility.


According to Petrucci, the theme surrounding the instrumental is a secret agent/spy music. This becomes evident in the atmospheric keyboard intro, and the driving main riff, both of which are reminiscent of James Bond movies, albeit heavier and more progressive.