monochord


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monochord

(mŏn′ō-kord) [″ + chorde, cord]
A single-string instrument used for testing upper tone audition.
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For example, he initially links the hummel to the monochord, then several sections later he discusses the drones of the huemmelke by Adolf Hilke, but then argues that the hummel is actually a relative of the bagpipes and hurdy gurdy.
Here she plays an instrument called the monochord which looks like a sitar the size of a small boat and is used to produce a drone sound.
In the Musurgia universalis (Rome, 1650) Kircher presents different divisions (arithmetical and geometric) of the monochord, reproduces drawings of keyboards with octave divisions of more than 12, describes (superficially) the temperament with the octave divided into 12 equal parts, and considers the use of logarithms for the measurement of intervals (although he only applies them to the octave).
Pendulums in Radiesthesia detect vibrations in a way that is analogous to the monochord.
The temple, presided over by Apollo (the god of rational music) and Thalia (the joyous muse), contains within its structure representations of the various aspects of musical knowledge--a clock representing the durations of musical time, a monochord tower signifying the proper divisions, a lower vestibule showing Pythagoras and the smithy, graffiti on the walls presenting musical notation, two entryways representing the portals of the ears, and a spiral near the top signifying air set in motion by sound.
She enjoyed dancing, played the guitar, monochord and clavichord, and did not neglect to pass on these accomplishments to her daughter.
Village Life have released albums by Orquestra Mahatma & The Solid Strings, Martin Speake, a Clarvis trio with Stan Sulzmann and Tony Hymas and a Slany solo project called Monochord Music.
This group works by marked points within the twinned totals of 108 that represent -- but again proportionally -- perfect musical intervals seen either as "a group of poems, differentiated at each end by some structural mark (the ends of a sequence, say, or the ends of a series of poems in the same stanzaic pattern)" (71) along a monochord or, inversely, as harmonic divisions of the whole such as "an octave that could be divided by similar means into tetrachords, or tones, by counting equal divisions of the whole -- under this scheme, the fifth would occur seven-twelfths of the way through the group" (71).
architectural principles and design, and proportions ultimately related to the divisions of the monochord were all proposed.
The staff and clefs are covered in just over two pages and a full-page example; solmization and mutation occupy seven pages of text and four and a half pages of examples; the transposition of clefs takes up little more than one page, including its example; the modes are allotted twelve pages of text, six and a half of tables and eight of examples; and the volume ends with four pages on the division of the monochord.
GREEK TEXT OMITTED] or lute, the basic instrument of Arabic music theory; the Greek sources will have thought of the kithara, or the monochord.
This process of becoming, the struggle of growth, is represented by a monochord throughout On the Way to Becoming; it creates constant tension.