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Fascinating Explanation Why Shepard Tones Give Such Haunting Feelings To Music Scores

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Joel Lovell sent us this fascinating explanation why Shepard tones create such haunting feelings to music scores.

Frankly, I had never heard of a Shepard tone but I sure had been affected by them.

I've been a huge fan of the movie “Interstellar” since it came out (sorry Barry) and one of the big factors is Hans Zimmer's music score. I don't know why it gripped me but the use of shepard tone could be one big factor (now that I know what they are LOL!).

And my first real exposure was during those amazing stairs in Super Mario (see video)… I never understood how that worked, now I do!

Where have you heard shepard tones in movies or even in music?

Shepard Tones Demo Video from Vox

Here's one that goes on for 10 hours!


(cover photo credit: snap from the video)



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