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Musique Concrète

A term created by Pierre Schaeffer in 1948 to describe his new music, which started from the concrete sound material, from heard sound. Schaeffer wanted people to ignore the source and cause of the co...

Musical Listening

Listening to sounds in terms of their own sonic and musical characteristics. It is the opposite of Contextual listening. Musical Listening focuses on the nature of sounds, to their musical relationshi...

Multiple Gesture

A multiple gesture is a complex gesture, in which a gesture’s termination normally serves as the following component’s onset, thus creating a gesture of gestures.

Morphology

it has to do with being aware that a sound evolves in time just like aspects of language.

Mixed Work

the use of traditional musical instruments alongside live electronics.

Mimesis

A Greek word referring to the imitation of nature or culture. Often used as a term to describe recognisibility, it is the opposite of abstract (Abstract Sounds). A mimetic sound, is similar to a sound...

Millisecond (ms)

A unit of time that is equivalent to 1/100 th of a second (in the same way that 1p is 1/100th of £1). This means that there are 100 milliseconds in each 1 second.

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)

A language of instruction information, designed to allow pieces of musical equipment to communicate with one another. MIDI information might be considered as similar to written notation, it is informa...

MIDI

a language of instruction information, designed to allow pieces of musical equipment to communicate with one another. MIDI information is information about action to be taken (for example the instruct...

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