Diabolus in Musica

Good news – the world didn’t end yesterday re Harold Camping’s predictions.

Bad news – there’s going to be a few hundred people who believed him who now have no idea what to do with the rest of their lives.

In the grand scheme of good vs evil and man-made religious invention, I bring you the second thing I’ve learnt this weekend – an augmented 4th in music (for example: C and F# above) has been called Diabolus in Musica (The Devil in Music) since the 18th century.

Go on, try it…isn’t that just a horror soundtrack waiting to happen?

I think I originally learnt this in my high school music class but my memory being what it is, it’s been buried ever since.


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