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Gif source: YouTube / live Vox, ever notice how Christopher Nolans movies (.
Interstellar, Inception, The Prestige ) feel like an anxiety attack? Well, maybe thats overstating things a bit. But the director does have a knack for creating an unnerving degree of tension.
Turns out hes using a little bit of musical magic to. The magic is actually a science-based audio illusion called a Shepard tone. Named after psychologist Roger Shepard, jennifer a pioneer in our understanding of spatial relation, the effect sounds like an infinitely ascending or descending scale.
The tones are constantly moving upwards or downwards, but they never seem to reach a pinnacle or nadir. This is accomplished by stacking scales on top of each othertypically one treble scale, one midrange, and one basswith an octave in between, then playing them in a continuous loop. A Shepard tone is sometimes referred to as the barber pole of sound.
You can even see the similarity, when you hear it and look at the spectrum view of a Shepard tone. Dont listen to this too long, or you might lose your mind: Anyways, Christopher Nolan just loves this. With longtime collaborator Hans Zimmer, the acclaimed director has used a Shepard tone in almost every one of his films in the last decade.
He even writes his scripts to match the effect.