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tam-tam 1

 (tŭm′tŭm′, tăm′tăm′)
A gong having a metal disk struck with a felt-covered hammer or stick used in a gamelan orchestra.

[Ultimately of imitative origin.]

tam-tam 2

 (tŭm′tŭm′, tăm′tăm′)
Variant of tom-tom.


(Instruments) another name for gong1
[from Hindi: see tom-tom]


(ˈtʌmˌtʌm, ˈtæmˌtæm)

1. a gong with indefinite pitch.
[1775–85; variant of tom -tom]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tam-tam - a percussion instrument consisting of a metal plate that is struck with a softheaded drumsticktam-tam - a percussion instrument consisting of a metal plate that is struck with a softheaded drumstick
percussion instrument, percussive instrument - a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking another
References in classic literature ?
He knew several French and English songs, and resolved to try them upon the Japanese, who must be lovers of music, since they were for ever pounding on their cymbals, tam-tams, and tambourines, and could not but appreciate European talent.
The musicians took up a position inside, and were vigorously performing on their gongs, tam-tams, flutes, bones, tambourines, and immense drums.
Ironically, the gong we see on screen is actually made of plaster and paper with the noise created by reverberations from a Chinese tam-tam.
Et face a la derive statutaire de trop, la locomotive africaine, longtemps et dedaigneusement assimilee au tam-tam par la feodalite a relent colonial, s'est solidement amarree a la station europeenne pour interpeller, au coeur de la capitale francaise, le vieux continent sur sa responsabilite historique et mener activement la bataille politico-mediatique en faveur du droit a l'autodetermination du peuple sahraoui.
En conclusion, los tambores de la guerra de 2018 ha comenzado a sonar al ritmo del tam-tam de las encuestas.
But however powerful the full orchestra sound, it often emerged as unburnished, and some conductors would have ignored Tchaikovsky's instructions and lengthened the finale's chilling tam-tam stroke for expressive effect.
The percussion instruments required are three graduated tom-toms, two bongos, Chinese cymbal, small suspended cymbal, large triangle, large tam-tam, four-octave marimba, vibraphone, and two-octave crotales.
So we play with a lot of instruments that we make right here, like the tam-tam and flutes.
The six classically styled stories span geography and time, unfolding in locales from the Caribbean (where a lad named Ti Jean passes a gauntlet of tests in the Land of the Dead) to Africa (where a Tam-Tam drummer overcomes the doubts of his peers and uses his musical gift to save the village).
Summary: DAKAR: When he was a child of 10, Doudou Ndiaye Rose "got sidetracked" while on his way to school in Senegal by the beating of a tam-tam.
Josephine Knight plays Eternal Memory for cello and strings, and Ruth Palmer is the soloist in Mahashakti for violin, tam-tam and strings.