Chromatic notes, as featured in the ominous Shark Theme in John Williams’ score to Jaws – one of the most instantly recognisable and frequently quoted themes in the whole of film music – can also send shivers down the spine.
Quoting this plainchant from the Latin Mass for the Dead has become the standard strategy by which composers across the ages have sought to signify the deathly.
But you don't have to be intimidating yourself to get the opponents and the crowd shrinking back like violets. These are the 10 most intimidating walkout songs of all time. When he was in the zone and making his way to the combat area, that detached, I-must-do-violence-now gaze into the middle distance was pretty terrifying.
And while some of the actual fighters on this list are indeed intimidating themselves, this is not a list of intimidating fighters. So I don't want to hear your complaints about Wanderlei Silva not being on here. This desolate Russian folk dirge was the perfect complement.
What is it about a scary piece of music that makes it instantly frightening?