Why this creepy melody is in so many movies

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    VoxVox

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    This deathly 13th-century song shows up everywhere.
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    Correction: Mozart’s Requiem isn’t a symphony, it’s a requiem: a type of Catholic mass for the dead. It was initially written for mass but later popularized and performed outside the church, as was Verdi's.
    Think back to some of the most dramatic scenes in film history - from The Lion King, The Shining, It’s a Wonderful Life. Besides being sad or scary, they have something else in common: the dies irae. “Dies irae” translates from Latin to “Day of Wrath” - it’s a 13th-century Gregorian chant describing the day Catholics believe God will judge the living and the dead and send them to heaven or hell. And it was sung during one specific mass: funerals.
    As Catholicism permeated world culture, the melody of the chant was repurposed into classical music, where it was used to convey a deathly, eerie tone. From there it worked its way into films - and if you don’t already know it, you’ve almost certainly heard it before: It’s played over and over in our scariest and most dramatic cinematic moments.
    Here’s Alex Ludwig’s original supercut of movies featuring the dies irae: mnclip.info/GLGa6vfDTIM-%D0%B2%D0%B8%D0%B4%D0%B5%D0%BE.html
    There are so many references to the dies irae in classical music that we couldn’t include. One is Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 1908 “symphonic poem” Isle of the Dead (mnclip.info/dbbtmskCRUY-%D0%B2%D0%B8%D0%B4%D0%B5%D0%BE.html). He was inspired by this painting from Swiss artist Arnold Böcklin that shows a coffin and white figure on their way to a small island (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isle_of_the_Dead_(painting)).
    Alex briefly touched on the differences between the ancient dorian mode and the modern minor mode. There’s a ton written online about them, but here’s a good place to start if you’re curious: www.musical-u.com/learn/get-familiar-with-the-dorian-mode/#
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Correction: Mozart’s Requiem isn’t a symphony, it’s a requiem: a type of Catholic mass for the dead. It was initially written for mass but later popularized and performed outside the church, as was Verdi's.

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Deltron
Deltron

Duh

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Sebastian-Benedict Flore
Sebastian-Benedict Flore

@JTagStudios Yeah lol that one wasn't even the Dies Irae

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Sebastian-Benedict Flore
Sebastian-Benedict Flore

@Simon du Toit Did you know that using a semitone interval in a melody makes the listener feel uncomfortable? Thanks Vox

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Sebastian-Benedict Flore
Sebastian-Benedict Flore

You should probably delete the whole video because it's got a lot that is just not quite right m8

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July Qn
July Qn

It‘s also in riverdale in every episode !!

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joachim lewyy
joachim lewyy

Did you really said LINST ? 2:47

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Jordan Elizabeth
Jordan Elizabeth

I'm singing that song in choir rn lol

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God Himself
God Himself

Di-es irae di-es irae!!!

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Victoria the green cheek conure
Victoria the green cheek conure

I think this was in jarassic park

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BloodGuzzler
BloodGuzzler

Most iconic use is in The Shining? Who Wants to be a Millionaire begs to differ

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xenontesla122
xenontesla122

5:12 The track from the exorcist (Tubular Bells) wasn't made for the movie and wasn't intended to be creepy, so it probably isn't a modified version of Dies Irae.

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josiah
josiah

i love it so much in the shining, it's so stark!!

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asteadydecline
asteadydecline

My friend brought it to my attention that it's also in Clerks II as Elias is explaining "Pillow Pants" to Randal. I checked and it's also uncredited.

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Mr. Gigan
Mr. Gigan

2:06 so that's where they got the shining theme.🤔

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Gayle Cheung
Gayle Cheung

Awesome

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TheVoiceOfTruth
TheVoiceOfTruth

So basically it was created to be apart of their nwo rituals to sacrifice to Remphan, Moloch, and Dagon. It has nasty dark undertones because that is exactly what it is

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Sebastian-Benedict Flore
Sebastian-Benedict Flore

I do not feel uncomfortable listening to the Dies Irae melody. It can be very calming and soothing.

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Sebastian-Benedict Flore
Sebastian-Benedict Flore

Dramaalert is more accurate than Vox

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Sebastian-Benedict Flore
Sebastian-Benedict Flore

According to this video, using a semitone (half-step) interval, not even together but consecutively, is displeasing to the ear. Ok sure then

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Sebastian-Benedict Flore
Sebastian-Benedict Flore

So, basically, this I'd the proto-lick?

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Sebastian-Benedict Flore
Sebastian-Benedict Flore

At 20 seconds, I recognise that melody from Liszt Totentanz. It's the main theme of his death dance, used exactly like that in every variation. The melody is unchanging

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Sebastian-Benedict Flore
Sebastian-Benedict Flore

Oh I just got to the point in the video where they mention Liszt. Yeah obviously it's all dies irae. I like Britten's

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Phoebe Wolf
Phoebe Wolf

This sounds like (I'm not sure if this is true) the Disney channel theme song but in a minor key

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Niklas Soderstrom
Niklas Soderstrom

So it’s like the lick but less funny

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Zander Seventy Two
Zander Seventy Two

"The Exorcist theme" is a stretch, given it wasn't composed for that film. It is, in fact, Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield. It is possible that these notes could appear in a piece purely by coincidence (there's only four of them) - but you'd have to ask Mike Oldfield to be sure.

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QuantumBraced
QuantumBraced

Jeez, SPOILER ALERT!

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brivnii
brivnii

I believe these notes are in the new Joker movie as well.

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David Layton
David Layton

The theme from "10 Cloverfield Lane" uses it heavily.

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Ryan Douglas
Ryan Douglas

6.6m subs but still records audio on an iphone?

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The Gayest Dryer
The Gayest Dryer

OMG my choir teacher just taught us about this! We even played a song called "dies irae" that had those 4 notes a lot!

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DARTH VADER
DARTH VADER

Lord of the rings extended it

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Xser Gods
Xser Gods

4:20 to say Dorian mode is Minor mode is like saying oranges are apples, they are completely different

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Raphael Cavalcanti
Raphael Cavalcanti

I first heard this chanted by two choirmen in a small chapel in the first requiem I've ever attended, reading the lyrics and the translation as they sung. It was chilling, I felt at unease.

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Timothy White
Timothy White

Who gets inspiration from a Painting depicting suffering and death?

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Matthew Forte
Matthew Forte

Hey, Vox, can we get someone to read these music ones who can pronounce Mozart's name correctly? Or Liszt's? Is that a possibility? I do not want to be too hoighty toighty, but it is hard to take this 'music expertise' stuff seriously when you cannot even pronounce the names of the figures you are alluding to correctly.

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Jude Al-Safadi
Jude Al-Safadi

4:21 Who made this work of art? Is it a painting by Memling maybe?

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Bo Inman
Bo Inman

We are singing “Dies Irae” in choir

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matteste
matteste

It was also used in the visual novel Dies Irae (obviously)

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Michael Keenan
Michael Keenan

Link to the chant at 1:00 please?

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ShoogaMoogaMan
ShoogaMoogaMan

Now currently used as the theme for both Final Space and Dead by Daylight

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Lesly Rodriguez
Lesly Rodriguez

I’m sure there is more stuff involved there is not many ways to arrange notes...

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BinStolz - AufDich
BinStolz - AufDich

The best use of the theme is in the star wars song: Anikans betrayal. 😊

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Alessandro Di Piazza
Alessandro Di Piazza

I recognised it gg

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John Barreiros
John Barreiros

This video for some reason totally fascinated me..

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cinetic_ clips
cinetic_ clips

5:10 Ah, I see the Exorcist theme and Chocolate Rain are very similar! Thanks Vox.

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IGitzDiz Music
IGitzDiz Music

It's used in Home Alone.

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Communist Propagandist
Communist Propagandist

If you like these kind of videos check out the channel Sideways, he does practically this video plus a bunch of other great videos.

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Requiredfields2
Requiredfields2

You have made me rethink music.

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シFloofie_Pan
シFloofie_Pan

DONT FORGET MONSTER HIGH

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jupiter is a bean
jupiter is a bean

this is actually so cool

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Silver Addie Fun Pack
Silver Addie Fun Pack

It’s also in Jack’s Lament from The Nightmare Before Christmas. He’s already dead anyway.

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NJMProductions
NJMProductions

frick u vox pewdipe is best

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Johnny St.Louis
Johnny St.Louis

MGS 1-The best is yet to come

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Jack Tracy
Jack Tracy

Dead by Daylight

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Fortnite Default.Streamer YT
Fortnite Default.Streamer YT

Ghidorah has this but like its faster

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Oli Os
Oli Os

What is the piece of artwork at 4:07 called please?

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Oli Os
Oli Os

Jude Al-Safadi beautiful, thank you.

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Jude Al-Safadi
Jude Al-Safadi

Oli Os Hans Memling's triptych Last Judgment

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Max Simon
Max Simon

2:06 Is it just me or does that sound like the shining

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Rodrigo Fagundes Terassovich
Rodrigo Fagundes Terassovich

These are amazing!!!

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Repomeister
Repomeister

It's also used in thousands of other songs as this short progression is almost unavoidable in any music written in any key that has these notes. ROOT... HALF STEP LOWER.... ROOT.... FULL STEP LOWER Of course this will appear everywhere. If you were to play the preceding and following 2 or 3 measures all of those songs would be unrecognizable as far as similarity to each other. If you were to shorten the progression down to just 3 notes you would see thousands and thousands MORE songs that use THOSE 3 CREEPY NOTES! Next do a video on just the F note and how it miraculously appears in almost every song ever written - how creepy that would be....

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Jehudi Phillips
Jehudi Phillips

Random statement but old church music will forever be one of the scariest things to me

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hatter hannah
hatter hannah

3:05 wait- I recognize this

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Félix Marqués
Félix Marqués

Can anybody tell me what's the piece that plays at the very end, over the credits? The slightly jazzy one with descending chords? It's awesome.

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Conan Edogawa
Conan Edogawa

The Don Corleone Mass shooting

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Hoboz826
Hoboz826

i don’t want a history lesson 🙄

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