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musique concrète


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Electronic music composed of instrumental and natural sounds often altered or distorted in the recording process.

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  • noun A genre of music created by the electronic manipulation of sounds that occur naturally


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French : musique, music + concrète, concrete.]

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From French musique concrète


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  • Is the second word in this entry pronounced as if one were hocking up

    And, by the way, what the hell does it mean?

    To save you time, yes, I think you are the Oracle.

    June 6, 2008

  • HA HA!

    Yes, it's as if you were hocking up a big wet furball.

    It's a wanky kind of ambient music, I believe.

    June 6, 2008

  • A style of avant-garde music that relies on recorded sounds, including natural environmental sounds and other non-inherently-musical noises to create music. It is a common misunderstanding that musique concrète does not use sounds from musical instruments. These are used right from the earliest works in the genre. The instrument sounds are recorded or sampled from grammaphone recordings, they are often manipulated, and are featured along with other sounds in the final work. (Wikipedia)

    June 6, 2008

  • yarb, this is the first time I've heard someone besides myself and friends use 'wanky' in this sense. is it Van city or astral affinity?

    October 4, 2009

  • Madmo, it's a yewkay thing. I've never heard it in Van. So I suppose it must be kismet.

    October 27, 2009