Shepard Scale

The Shepard scale is an auditory illusion of a tone that continually ascends or descends in pitch seemingly forever. The illusion can be created by overlapping ascending or descending scales.

It’s sometimes used in music, such as at the end of this song:

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  1. Also, “O Positive” from the 80’s had a song called (appropriately) “Up, Up, Up”. Great 80’s sounding song, but if you want to skip to the Shepard Scale, jump to 3:45 or so.

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