quarter tone


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quarter tone

n
(Music, other) music a quarter of a whole tone; a pitch interval corresponding to 50 cents measured on the well-tempered scale

quar′ter tone`



n.
a musical interval equal to half a semitone.
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Noun1.quarter tone - half of a semitone
musical interval, interval - the difference in pitch between two notes
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In Panel B, A indicates that the tone measure is the current quarter TONE minus the previous quarter TONE.
So that I knew what it was supposed to be, then I could just aim a quarter tone under or over or around.
I don't know if you're familiar with it but the construction of music in occidental music you have the space between each note is a tone or half a tone and in oriental music it's a quarter tone.
His average vibrato extent was a little less than a quarter tone up and down from the center frequency, similar to vocal vibrato.
For example, it would be helpful for Macdonald to include correct notations for examples in the quarter tone section to indicate whether the fingerings raise or lower the pitch, though presumably the idea is to experiment and discover for yourself
Earlier in his letter to Bernard, he had written, "I remain in the grip of sense-perceptions"; and, on December 23rd of the same year, he would write to him that "an optical sensation is produced in our visual organs that allows us to classify by light, half tone, or quarter tone, the planes represented by color sensations.
If Plato had no interest in quarter tones, which is certainly my view of the evidence, then any stichometric structure detected at quarter tone intervals is method induced.
In the piece I used various forms of singing, an intimate even voice, and fast rap declamations, and I also used a sixteenth-tone piano, a harp tuned to quarter-tones, a sample with snatches of voice and the singers' breath, a lot of percussion instruments, like the chromatic octave of Java gongs, two octaves of cow bells, 3 octaves of boo-bams, a vibraphone tuned a quarter tone higher .
I understand it as a unification of two spaces: the first is the twelve-semitonal space, and the second is another twelve-semitonal space a quarter tone higher.
By the way, fans of aliquot registers will be intrigued to hear that one of Thoresen's basic folklore inspirations is a kind of equivalent to our Czech "halekani" (a form of yodelling), where the phrasing is formed by a twelfth interval raised by perhaps a quarter tone.
Murail rounds most of the tones to the twelve-equal-tempered scale, except where pitches fall almost exactly on a quarter tone.
The amplitude of a bel canto vibrato ranges from a quarter tone to a half step, and its rhythm is 5 to 7.