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  • n. Plural form of timbre.


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  • Kallen envisioned a United States in the image of a great symphony orchestra, not sounding in unison the melting pot but rather one in which all the disparate cultures play in harmony while retaining their unique and distinctive tones and timbres.

    Warren J. Blumenfeld: Challenging The Christian Month Of December

  • But so it went ... and the next time Gil and I met we were in a custom-fashioned sound booth (courtesy of Gil), made just for making noise with paper -- paper of all textures, thicknesses, grains, and timbres.

    George Heymont: There's Art Right At Your Fingertips!

  • And why shouldn't they be, considering that their musical powers—in particular, their high notes and distinctive timbres—are undiminished, not to mention that they're able to swing players half their age into bad health?

    Some Swinging Stalwarts and Surprises

  • Throughout most of the album, Dunn seems chiefly concerned with the timbres of the guitar and organ, and the varied textures these timbres can create as they move through a given phrase.

    Daniel J. Kushner: Anti-Cinematic: The Music of Kyle Bobby Dunn

  • But maybe even more remarkable than this instrumental interplay were the high, ravaged vocals of Ardoin, his coarse, dirty timbres possessed of an otherworldly quality akin to leather-throated bluesmen such as Patton and Blind Willie Johnson.

    Album review: "Mama I'll Be Long Gone: The Complete Recordings of Amede Ardoin"

  • Just as in Western music, there is a sound ideal in the music of China that originates in the language itself and runs from vocal production through the timbres of individual instruments to the sonorities of a full orchestra.

    China Anhui Traditional Orchestra offers variety, energy

  • But mostly this was communal music, with interlocking parts, contrasting timbres and harmonic convergences that lent weight and meaning.

    Ten Years in Three Nights: A Decade's Triumph

  • Her self-penned songs Reencountro Tu Ojos, Staying Closer, Alegria, are pulsed by scintillating vocal percussion, interlocking, Pan-Afro/American rhythmic structures, tinges of Joni Mitchell-style rock timbres, and flamenco-flavored handclaps.

    HW Pick: Magos Herrera, Luna Menguante Barluna «

  • Michael Rubenstein for the Wall Street Journal Morton Subotnick's innovative music-maker Among his early achievements was "Silver Apples of the Moon," a seminal electronic-music album from 1967—and a recent addition to the National Recording Registry—that mixed alien tones and timbres with insistent rhythmic pulsations.

    The Man Who Electrified the Music World

  • In my thesis which examined the sound and music of Halo 2, one of the main discoveries was an identifiable link between the music and sound effects – that a level of ‘musicality’ is imparted into the sound effects via common timbres and pitches.

    Archive 2009-03-01


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