monophonic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj monophonic designating sound transmission or recording or reproduction over a single channel
    • adj monophonic consisting of a single melodic line
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Monophonic Of or relating to a system for recording and reproducing sound, which has only one sound channel; also called monaural or mono. It contrasts with stereophonicor stereo), quadraphonic, or surround-sound, which have two or more channels, and can thus reproduce the effect of the sound coming from more than one direction.
    • Monophonic (Mus) Single-voiced; having but one part; as, a monophonic composition; -- opposed to polyphonic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • monophonic Same as monodic.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Mono-, + Gr. a voice

Usage

In literature:

Melody reigns supreme in monophonic music.
"For Every Music Lover" by Aubertine Woodward Moore
It is written in monophonic rather than in polyphonic style, thus differing from the madrigal and glee.
"Music Notation and Terminology" by Karl W. Gehrkens
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In news:

I recently reviewed the i2M audio MIDI interface, which works amazingly well in a monophonic capacity.
Monophonics' funk career is up for the down stroke.
This month we focus on one of the brightest lights currently coming out of the Bay Area music scene, the funk-soul juggernaut known as Monophonics.
A six oscillator monophonic solo synth is just one of the amazing sound engines in the XW-P1.
McMenamins hosts Monophonics' funk .
Monophonics, Snug Harbor, Cascadia '10.
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In science:

Monophonic wave files of random music are generated and the probability distribution function of time interval between large signal values is analyzed. A power law behavior for the distribution function in the range from 0.1millisecond to 20 milliseconds is observed.
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
This (50 notes) is probably too short to be considered as a significant piece of musical expression (though monophonic mobile phone ring tones could be only just almost as long).
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
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