How to create a shepard tone

How does Shepard’s tone work?

The Shepard Tone creates the illusion of continuously swelling sound, which can build tension or suspense. The term refers to an auditory illusion of a sound that continually ascends (or descends) in pitch. The tone is a sound that comprises multiple sine waves separated by an octave and layered on top of each other.

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What is a Shepard tone and why is it strange?

The Shepard Tone is an interesting audio illusion that creates the impression of an always rising or falling pitch that really doesn’t get anywhere. Despite feeling like always going up or down, is always stuck in an eternal auditory fractal.

What are the partials of a Shepard tone?

The partials of harmonic sounds are related to each other by an arithmetical relationship. The partials of a Shepard Tone are related to each other by a geometrical relationship. Shepard used such signals to prove his hypothesis of the circularity of pitch perception[45].

Who discovered the Shepard tone?

Roger Shepard invented this acoustic illusion in 1964. His basic idea was as follows: When the pitch rises one step, the harmonic composition is altered (a little less high, a little more low harmonics). This is done in such a way that after 11 steps the harmonic content corresponds nearly to a tone one octave lower.

What is the shepherd illusion?

A Shepard tone, named after Roger Shepard, is a sound consisting of a superposition of sine waves separated by octaves. This creates the auditory illusion of a tone that seems to continually ascend or descend in pitch, yet which ultimately gets no higher or lower.

Why do we perceive the Shepard scale illusions as continuously increasing or decreasing in pitch even though the same sequence of tones is being repeated?

The repetition of the same octave being played creates the illusory experience of a continuous ascent or descent. The illusion is created because each tone is composed of many pitch frequencies that are carefully crafted to create ambiguity.

How do you make a Shepard tone in Ableton?