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An acoustic instrument consisting of a sounding box with one string and a movable bridge, used to study musical tones.

[Middle English monocorde, from Old French, from Medieval Latin monochordum, from Greek monokhordon : mono-, mono- + khordē, string; see cord.]
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(General Physics) an instrument employed in acoustic analysis or investigation, consisting usually of one string stretched over a resonator of wood. Also called: sonometer
[C15: from Old French, from Late Latin, from Greek monokhordon, from mono- + khordē string]
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(ˈmɒn əˌkɔrd)

an acoustical instrument dating from antiquity, consisting of an oblong wooden sounding box usu. with a single string, used for the mathematical determination of musical intervals.
[1375–1425; < Medieval Latin monochordum < Greek monóchordon, n. use of neuter of monóchordos with one string. See mono-, chord1]
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The Paris demonstration featured the current integration into the RISM cataloguing software, Muscat, of the Monochord tool developed at the University of Utrecht under the supervision of Prof.
Hanging on a wall near the gallery's entrance was Tritone Monochord, 1987, a four-foot-high wooden board on which a specially tuned guitar string is suspended.
Santos described his composition as 'an experimental piece that combines the flutes and other traditional instruments of Asean and Korea, from zithers and monochord, bowed string, xylophones, mouth organ, gongs in a row, to frame drums, two-headed drums, bamboo buzzers and stomping tubes.'
To demonstrate this, no doubt needs a long discourse; but anyone who knows the ratio, may easily discover it by listening to the rightly ordered monochord. (76) The rightly ordered monochord is an ancient scientific instrument, which illustrates the mathematical standard of harmony, and its Greek name is kanon ([phrase omitted]), it means law and standard.
Inventions in Music: From the Monochord to MP3S (Art and Invention).
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In exploring the representation of nature in music, some composers developed an arithmetically driven approach; from Pythagoras' early experiments with the monochord (and the subsequent conclusion that the world must be organized along harmonic ratios) to the adoption of ratios found in nature in the development of melody and harmony.
Through Fullman's assertion that her instrument is a microcosm of music history, Lucier discusses the Pythagorian monochord and a rather complex, yet accessible introduction to just intonation.
Make your monochord piece interesting using rhythms, melody, articulation, dynamics, and timbre.
The Monochord in Ancient Greek Harmonic Science, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
To give but one example, rationabiliter distinguens, which is used in describing the intervals on the monochord, becomes 'breaking down ...