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Frans Francken's Death Playing the Violin. In music theory, the tritone came to be known as the devil's interval. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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The Unsettling Sound Of Tritones, The Devil's Interval

In music theory, the tritone is an interval of three whole steps that can sound unresolved and creepy. Over time, the sound has wound up in jazz, rock and even Broadway musicals.

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Migrant And Refugee Advocates Call On Trump To Tone Down Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric

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California Voters May Force Meat And Egg Producers Across The Country To Go Cage-Free

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Frans Francken's Death Playing the Violin. In music theory, the tritone came to be known as the devil's interval. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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The Unsettling Sound Of Tritones, The Devil's Interval

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The Unsettling Sound Of Tritones, The Devil's Interval

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