Vox explores the sound illusion that makes Dunkirk so intense

A look at how composer Hans Zimmer created such a tense auditory experience.

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  •  BY Jack Lowe

Vox has released a new short video exploring Hans Zimmer's intense score for Christopher Nolan’s nerve-wracking new film Dunkirk.

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Zimmer made use of an illusion caused by Shepard tones, resulting in a sound that appears to be constantly ascending in pitch. "Nolan revealed that the entire soundtrack was built around the sound effect to create a feeling of ever-increasing intensity that would unite the three storylines," says Vox. "Zimmer — who has scored most of Nolan’s films since The Dark Knight — wasn’t the first to build a soundtrack around the illusion; David Julyan did a similar treatment for Nolan on The Prestige score. But in Dunkirk, the soundtrack stands on its own as a defining part of the film. It's an auditory masterpiece."

Watch the video above to find out more.

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