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1. The branch of biology that deals with the structure and function of organs.
2. The branch of musicology that deals with musical instruments and their construction, acoustic properties, classification, history, and broader cultural context.

or′gan·o·log′ic (ôr′gə-nə-lŏj′ĭk, ôr-găn′ə-), or′gan·o·log′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
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In this sense, the organological and its primacy over the neural-nonneural hierarchy may hold a certain key to conceiving a nonpropositional tailored for the organism.
This study considers discrete aspects of instrumental music making, including the impact of individual patrons and the protocols of patronage at large, instrumental music's role in courtly and civic festivities, normative pedagogical and notational practices, and, in the last chapter, a survey of diverse organological categories that furnishes data about a range of instruments, accompanied by a compendium of iconographical images.
The title of his dissertation was 'The Afghani Rabab: Organological, musicological and anthropological study of Central Asian Lute from Central Asia'.
Finds from Herculaneum and Pompeii (buried in 79 CE) include musical instruments as well as hundreds of iconographic representations that give information about organological details and gods related to music.
In the Toba case, for organological purposes, the addition of figures of these instruments would strengthen the author's theory due to the presence of different types of sarune among the Toba.
Perhaps the best know economic historian in the organological field is Cyril Ehrlich, whose work on the piano trade in particular is paradigmatic of how musical instruments can contribute to wider historical debates.
I have divided this latter section into two parts, one dealing with the organological features of the musical instruments involved, and the other containing a detailed analysis of the music sung and played during this ritual.
The chalumeau is a woodwind instrument of the clarinet family, appearing in the 18th-century organological terminology as "vox humana".
This grouping of devices defying organological taxonomy (though vaguely related to player pianos, xylophones, cymbals, and slide guitars) generated a palpable tension in the room, as if phantoms of those killed by weapons were playing the sound track to a scene of their own demise.
as with the Bologna University during the eleventh century, then with the Renaissance era, then with the Enlightment and Kant's question in Le conflit des facultes, we are living a significant organological change--knowledge instruments are changing and these instruments are not just means but rather shape an epistemic environment, an episteme, as Michel Foucault used to say.
The main organological elements of the device and the calculation elements of the dynamic behavior on axis are presented within figure 1.
Noteworthy are contextualizing essays that bracket the main contents of the book: an introduction by Jonathan Wainwright ("From 'Renaissance' to 'Baroque'?") and concluding remarks by Jeremy Montagu ("Organological Gruyere").