The sound illusion that makes Dunkirk so intenseby Vox 6 months ago
Why Christopher Nolan is obsessed with Shepard tones.
Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO
Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is a nerve-wracking movie. Three separate storylines tell the tale of the famed World War II evacuation in a intense two hours of film. A lot of that feeling has to do with how the film's score uses Shepard tones — layered sound waves that simulate a constant ascent in tone — to create a sensation of building tension. They're a personal favorite trick of Nolan's: he's based sound effects and entire soundtracks with other composers on the auditory illusion. In Dunkirk, composer Hans Zimmer crafted his soundtrack around the effect — and it's an auditory masterpiece.
Read Nolan's interview with Business Insider on the music of Dunkirk: https://goo.gl/SV4Qpb
Shepard tone imagery from EnjoyPA on freesound.org: https://goo.gl/37Hd2P
Shepard tone sound effect from Alexander on orangefreesounds.com: https://goo.gl/NnUe7B
Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app.
Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE
Follow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
Or on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o