One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An interval smaller than a semitone.
- ‘The vast array of techniques explored in the 20th century, the lead often taken by jazz musicians, included a wide variety of glissandos, multiphonics, microtones, expressive attacks, and mutes.’
- ‘Each track is a deliberate layering of textures and elements, with every microtone sounding as fussed-over as the sculpted icing on an elaborate wedding cake.’
- ‘Oh, but only having twelve notes per octave is a distinct limitation: let's make it not only possible but straightforward to play microtones and true glissandi without loss of tone quality, just as the violin can.’
- ‘Fortunately, Tosatti's infallible ear could detect an ‘out-of-tune’ microtone in the midst of any situation.’
- ‘It was at this time that he divided the scale into 43 microtones - there are 12 semitone intervals in a traditional chromatic scale - and began inventing instruments that could play his new microtonal music.’
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