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Monday, May 01, 2006

Diabolus in Musica


That unique musical interval, tritones, that gives heavy metal music its creepy sound, was actually banned in the Middle Ages. It was called Diabolus in Musica, or the Devil's Interval.

It's a fascinating article, but Tree may have to give us a layman's explanation of the musical theory involved.

6 Comments:

Blogger Steph said...

I've heard of the "devil chord" before from a story they did on NPR. Supposedly, this guy was feeling anxious all the time at work, so he took a tuning fork in and found that the pitch of his computer and the lights (or copier or something) made the "devil chord", making him feel subconciously uneasy all day.

How cool!!

8:49 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Really? That is wild! I think I see a screeplay idea taking shape . . .

9:43 AM  
Blogger Steph said...

And I just finished Lullaby by Chuck Pahlniuk (I spelled that wrong) and it's all about a culling song.

My life is very themed right now, creepy.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

I started "Haunted" by Pahlniuk a while back. I didn't finish it because I had trouble keeping my lunch down. I don't gross out easy, but Lordy.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Steph said...

Really? Because that's on my next to read list (did you notice that I stole your library thing idea).

It's gross then? Hmmmm....I wonder how long I will last!

12:40 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

I don't think I made it past the first chapter. You'll soon find out why. Just don't read it around meal time.

Yeah, the Library Thing is cool. I stole it from Tree.

3:15 PM  

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