Question about ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ – letter


Nicola Bizzo wrote:

Hi Brian,

regarding the intro of “Tie Your Mother Down” and the outro of “Teo Torriatte”
I read somewhere that you took inspiration by an Escher’s drawing. Anyway the scales used are similar to the Shepard’s Scale for which Wikipedia states:

it is a sound consisting of a superposition of sine waves separated by octaves. When played with the base pitch of the tone moving upwards or downwards, it is referred to as the Shepard scale. This creates the auditory illusion of a tone that continually ascends or descends in pitch, yet which ultimately seems to get no higher or lower.

Were you aware of that when you wrote the songs?


Nicola Bizzo

Brian replied: