Shocks, screams and dissonant whispers: what makes music scary?

Written by Tristan Free

This Halloween we take a look at the science of scary music. What makes us shiver, gasp and our hairs stand on end? Next time you are watching a horror movie, try watching a key scene with the sound off. Your innocent, good looking and light-switch-averse protagonist is fast asleep. On screen, a ghostly entity is making their way slowly through the house getting closer and closer slowly turning the door handle to their bedroom door before bursting in. With the sound off, all the action is safely taking place in the spooky but separate realm of your TV. You...

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