Tag: music

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:

Dies Irae

Dies Iræ is a Latin hymn describing the day of judgement. The first line is as follows:

Dies iræ, dies illa

Since used in the hymn, the first few notes of Dies Iræ have appeared in a lot of music, especially movie soundtracks, from The Nightmare Before Christmas to It’s a Wonderful Life to Star Wars: A New Hope. Once you hear it, you’ll start noticing it everywhere. This video gives a history of Dies Iræ, from classical music to modern movie soundtracks.

 

 

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