Metal bands and horror films stoke sonic dread the same way 18th century composers did—with a forbidden sequence of notes known as the “devil’s interval.”
Think of the first two notes of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” or Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”—or American police sirens.
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Source: Devil’s interval: What makes music sound scary? — Quartzy