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Taking Sandpaper to Your Nerves

This sound can cause anxiety and panic attacks. If you suffer from either of these conditions, do not listen to this sound generator. Instead, try one of our more soothing ones, like Osmosis. Shepard Madness can be very unpleasant, or amusing, depending on the person who is listening. Make sure you can tolerate side effects including increased heart rate, headache, dizziness, and nausea. If you feel faint, just leave this page, and put your head between your knees to recover quickly.

This brain-melting generator came from a user's request for a Shepard Tone generator. The Shepard Tone is an auditory illusion, whose pitch sounds like it is ascending or descending, yet never seems to get any higher or lower. In this case, the odd numbered sliders produce the rising tones, and the even numbered sliders produce the falling tones. By mixing the two together you will produce truly mind-bending audio signals. As an added bonus, and to make this Shepard tone generator sound unique, each slider has been binaurally encoded, and throws the complete spectrum of brainwave frequencies into the mix!

Shepard Madness is an example of a sound that can physically affect you. In this case, it's a bad effect: if you listen for long enough you will likely feel sick, dizzy, or even faint. Fortunately, the opposite is true as well: sound can make you feel good, happy and relaxed. Most of myNoise sounds are designed that way!

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  This scared me, I felt an urge to write a nightmare story, so I did, it terrified me after I stopped listening to this, I don't know, and I feel nervous and my heart's racing... *Shudders*

  During listening to this, I tried to figure out where it went back down, and it was hard to tell. Since it is impossible for it to keep going up forever, I tried to see where it went down, but I couldn't. It seems like there are two separate tones, one that is a lower pitch and one that is higher pitch. One seems to go louder than the other, while the other one goes back to a lower pitch.

  I have a lot of trouble concentrating due to Misophonia. This noise makes me feel happy, and secure. Since I started listening to this while I work, I get 100s on every math lesson. I think it sounds like you're sitting inside a high-tech rocket while it blasts off...

  I am learning German while listening to this and it strangely helps and calms me. Thank you so much for this experience.

  This makes me feel weird, but at the same time I feel like I can't stop listening to it.

  I feel like I am watching a very creepy episode of the Twilight Zone. Yeah, mix it with Oblivion, with both up and down sliders activated. Better keep your meds handy though!

  This it not how you calm down at 10pm. It's really cool and trippy. I can feel my heart racing in my chest and my eyes feel strange. It's hard to focus on the testimonials as I scroll though them and they seem to blur away when I'm scrolling. It's also harder to type. 10/10, would listen again.

  An alternative to mindful meditation!

  Creepy! This helps me with flashbacks, especially the shepherd down and feeling down settings. For a good eerie experience, pair this with Oblivion.

  What is going on?

  My favourite part about this one is listening to dazed for a few minutes on surround sound (relatively loud) then turning it off and listening to the silence.

  Curiously, I raised the volume to listen to this. My cat, that is currently on my lap, does not approve. She flinched and stopped purring. I get her though.

  No ill effects, but this did make my eyes spontaneously want to tear up and I was happy to see someone else reported that!

  So uh. This really wrecks your sh.t! It really does. Put it on animate for a VERY interesting effect. IMO at least. Whoah.

  Makes me feel like the kid from FNAF 4. Pair with, and you'll feel high!

  Oddly enough I feel asleep listening to this. But when I woke up I felt "floaty". It's weird to explain, kinda like I had left my body for a period of time and forgot how it felt to be back for a second... It's really trippy, but really relaxing in its own weird way :)

  My vision starts to feel weird after a while of listening to this...

  I use this to stim a lot! This one especially is really cool, it feels like my brain is being squeezed out of my temples :D

  I tried different settings. The default setting (no way up) made my heart beat faster. The binaural torture setting made me feel faint. Feeling down makes me feel as if I'm overwhelmed by evil forces. Noisea made me feel a little tipsy. X-scape somehow made me feel as if I'm a plane. Experimenting with this generator is like experimenting with drugs.

  Whoa, this is CRAZY!

  I feel like I'm under extreme G-forces right now. Like I'm being pushed down and can't breathe. It's so weird... I love it.

  This noise machine did nothing to me. It sounds amazing, though.

  I was curious so I listened to the descending tones and measured my heart rate (63 bpm), then listened to ascending tones and measured my heart rate (82 bpm). I can see why theres an anxiety warning! this can shoot your heart rate up by nearly 20 bpm just by listening for a few seconds.

  Woah! I can stop shivering!!! :) It is strangely comforting.

  I love listening to this, it's oddly calming.

  Very very terrifying, but it has helped me with my anxiety and managing it.

  This makes my hands feel like they're super light for some reason but at the same time it puts a very bad feeling in my chest. What the heck, man.

  This isn't unpleasant, just interesting.

  Who needs drugs when you have this?

  Closing your eyes with this... Holy cow, I can't stop moving!

  This sound really makes me dizzy and I feel like I can't breath. It's really cool, but really weird.

  Sent shivers down my spine

  Forever falling. Am I the only one who finds this relaxing?

  Makes it hard to breath after awhile... Sound is such a powerful thing!

  After about a minute, you feel high... Who needs drugs when you got this? :D

  After about 1 minute I feel like I'm floating. I feel so light I could jump to the moon... Insane...

  Wow, this is causing crazy sensations in my chest and as I type now. It feels like I am sinking into the keyboard while my upper body floats away... awesome!

  It is terrifying and calming. Up and down. Up, and then down. There is no escape. You will be trapped in euphoria and madness. It is horrifying and beautiful. Let it influence you, and you'll see a plateau in your mind. You will stay there and focus, and get things done. Cheers, and thank you for putting this amazing sound on here. It along with Deserted, Anamnesis and Oblivion are delightful.

  This gave me a fever! Here's to getting out of school forever!

  Oh my, I didn't believe it could cause dizziness, but it totally did. Still love it though.


  It's weird, but I don't have nausea, just it's SO WIERD!

  This with Evil Charms RPG. Try sleeping after that.

  After a few minutes this makes me feel high.

  Just listen to this for a few minutes. Your brain starts going places.

  It's like I'm being frozen and heated at the same time!

  This is oddly comfortable... I keep anticipating the end and it just keeps going, which is pleasant in a very strange way. (Yes, I'm weird :p)

  At first I was like, "isn't this supposed to do something?" Then, after a few minutes, my head started hurting and my eyes felt like they were going to cry for no reason. The setting I was on didn't say "Binaural Torture" for nothing. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  Tried with all three of the brainwave modulators set to fear. Ended up not feeling scared or anxious... just mostly annoyed that the chords didn't resolve... but my heart rate DID increase after 15 minutes... and this one hurt my head... I think I'll use this to learn how to adapt to pounding headaches... Awesome generator!

  I've found that a lot of people say that this makes them feel nauseous, but it seems to have the opposite effect on me. It's kind of relaxing.

  I'm fascinated by brains and illusions, so I've listened to the Shepard tone quite a bit. I thought I was used to it. I am not. I have never heard something based off the Shepard tone that so smoothly transitions between the scales, and I'm more terrified than I've been in a long time. Very satisfying.

  I usually have a very high pain tolerance, but when I closed my eyes and pinched myself, it hurts really bad. It feels like this generator heightens my sense of touch immensely, especially if I close my eyes.

  I always loved the optical illusion of endless spirals as a kid, and now I get to hear that same thing! For some reason I actually find it to be pleasant, if not exactly calming.

  Holy shaving cream! This illusion is fricking awesome.

  Play it with Aeternitas and Anamnesis - helps me to focus

  I had this going, then a video of a mandelbrot zoom, then some DMT. I'm surprised that I am still sane.

  The first four seconds or so were a little confusing, it shook me slightly, like "whaaat is this weirdness?", but then the effect was gone. After listening to different sets for a couple of minutes I felt a little nauseous.

  I've listened to experimental music for years, also plenty of Goth and Industrial. I've heard several bands/artists use this trick in their recordings before. I know how to recognize this and I know what to expect! This would freak any basic "norm" type out! It's definitely not easy listening and I won't be going to sleep with this on but I still like it. It doesn't seem to affect me. :)

  I've been playing multiple soundscapes for some time now. I had this playing as well as Forthcoming's generator and it made my heart race within the first thirty seconds. Within a minute, I was completely aware of the pulse in my spine. Would not recommend if you're home alone and it's after midnight. Holy crap!

  Listening to this for the first time makes me feel shaky and a little scatter brained. I have no idea what it's doing to me but it's working. I put this on so I could try to get into the head of my half-mad character. If you check out my noise it's going up forever and down forever, so it feels like it wants to stretch your mind in two different directions forever.

  This one made me feel weird. It made me out of breath somehow and I had this overwhelming urge to start crying.

  I did like it a lot until I tried closing my eyes. Very disturbing imagery pervaded my brain.

  Down and up with some harmonics meeting each other. Always waiting for the next one.

  Ok, so I really like eerie sounds for some reason because I have a very big and active imagination. VERY. I like to write stories to and I like to listen to sounds like the ones on this website. Normally things that are meant to trick people or mess with your mind doesn't work with me. So at first this didn't bother me but like 5 second later I started to breath fast and look round everywhere!

  I love this. It's a good confusing combination of up and down.

  This is the best thing to clear my mind when I come home from work.

  After seeing everyone's comments about this making them feel like they were going insane, I decided to try it. It's the first noise of this type that hasn't given me a headache or made me feel sick or anxious. It helped me a lot!

  I am currently writing a story from the horror genre, and this is helping me get in the mood.

  It sounds like an alarm.

  This made me so uncomfortable while sitting in bed that the "higher" the sound got, the the closer my feet and arms were to my body. Closing your eyes made it even worse like something would hit me any moment.

  I really need to vomit right now.

  This is one that has the most effect on me.

  Depression, everything is ending at once.

  This one... It makes me feel like I'm slowly going insane. A giant, looping staircase constantly moving in either direction. Ever upwards, ever downwards.

  This is so weird! I really like it even though it puts me in a trance like state where it feels like my ears are plugged and I am nowhere. It is pretty soothing though. =)

  I love this generator. Having your brain melt in a nicely controlled environment can be surprisingly relaxing.

  I don't understand why, but shepard madness is very relaxing for me, I listen to it hours on end, at school, work, and home when I need to concentrate on something. It really helps me focus. Thank you.

  This makes me so energetic. I can be perfectly calm for hours on end and most sounds don't mess with my head at all. But this one causes me to suddenly fell my blood pumping and my adrenaline rising and I start laughing uncontrollably, and just start talking to my self sometimes (mostly) scare people who think I really need a mental hospital until it stops and I calm down in 10 seconds.

  ← Ascending

  Maybe I'm weird, but I actually use this to help concentrate and relax. Right now I'm playing it with Ocean Waves, Wind, Fan (Industrial settings) and Aural Scan while I let Shepard Madness just animate all over the place. Keeps me on edge, keeps me focused.

  Shepard plus Oblivion is one of the most interesting things I have ever expearenced.

  I've had a remarkable time studying to this. It doesn't put me to sleep like the more relaxing tones on here, and keeps me more alert than silence. It's far less distracting than anything else I can think to find online. How I can listen to this for 4 hours and still be happily typing away, I do not know. Shepard Madness, thank you for shepherding my studying.

  This is so amazing! Ever since my college professor played this sound for the class, I've been searching for it. 30 years later, I happen to find it here after my donation. Thank you, my search is finally over!!!

  Great :) I was just thinking about to make a post in the Forum to ask for a generator based on the Sheppard Scale and tadaaa it's there -- Thank you soooo much for all your "good tones". I am suffering from a PTSD since 98 and need all "good inputs" I can get.... I will surely not use this one when I am nervous or scared - But VERY GOOD to know its there for some fun :) All the best - Frank

  The mixing of an audio illusion may be sandpaper to some, but to me this is bliss; meditation on this setting is like flying.

  ← Dr. Mabuse. Love it when you take your sounds for a walk on the wild, dark & scary side. This one here's like a slow-motion rollercoaster. Great idea!

  Don't do this with 3 pints in your head ... pints will come back ;)

  OMG!!!! This is so weird and cool!

  Uff-really sandpaper for the nerves! I feel like all bad 70'ies science fiction movies compressed into this one sound!

  This is really good feels like i'm powering up or traveling up to a high level of a futuristic space place. Very fun!

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