Definition of instrumentation in US English:



  • 1The particular instruments used in a piece of music; the manner in which a piece is arranged for instruments.

    ‘Telemann's specified instrumentation of flute, violin, and continuo’
    • ‘Cadenza's music and instrumentation of mandolin, Irish harp and guitar is based on an Irish Traditional sound, however the addition of cello and violin give it a classical flavour.’
    • ‘In Corelli's concerti grossi the trio-sonata instrumentation of two violins and continuo was used for the concertino sections, contrasting with the full string ensemble.’
    • ‘In the last few years I have returned to the notion of abstraction as an inspiration in itself, letting a particular instrumentation or musical gesture generate a whole piece.’
    • ‘Ariel dabble in foreign instrumentation including tabla, sitar and djembe.’
    • ‘I chose the music and instrumentation for a secular wedding service.’
    • ‘Now, MacIntyre's voice is pushed to the fore and backed by standard rock instrumentation, plus keyboards, samples, tubas, flutes and a bunch of other sounds that elevate the basics, rather than muddying the mix.’
    • ‘Musically, this is more funky marching angry fighting music, using similar instrumentation, and cheesy 70's beats.’
    • ‘Once considered the poster child for the renaissance in acoustic jazz, Redman has definitely moved on, incorporating funky rhythms, electric instrumentation and more jazz improvisation into his music.’
    • ‘The instrumentation is acoustic guitar plus woodwinds and strings - meandering arrangements, oblique lyrics, and his vocal style is pretty full on, so right up my alley.’
    • ‘She said ‘It's full of the usual comedy, tragedy and original music including instrumentation with a difference.’’
    • ‘Although largely focusing on electronics, the band also incorporate real instrumentation in their music and appear very well set up to function perfectly within a live environment.’
    • ‘Rising and falling intensity displays a wide range of instrumentation from soft woodwind to loud drumming against the brass and a shrill flute or piccolo, as well as horn calls.’
    • ‘Ensemble instrumentation can be any combination of brass, guitar, piano, string and wind instruments.’
    • ‘The Blues Vein are great exponents of the Chicago blues style - the five piece band using the classic Chicago instrumentation of guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and harmonica.’
    • ‘The Chamber Ensemble performs a variety of music using a small instrumentation in concert settings for both military and civilian audiences,’
    • ‘The instrumentation (played by musicians from Portishead and Pulp) includes a fairground organ and a zither; Dury's whispered vocal is reminiscent of a small boy asking for a cup of sugar across the garden fence.’
    • ‘We don't commission new works in the sense that ACM would ask for a work for specific instrumentation and then own the rights to exclusively perform that work.’
    • ‘The quartet instrumentation runs to the unusual: flute, cello, harp, and tam-tam (a large gong).’
    • ‘The instrumentation of the piano is a special matter.’
    • ‘And yet it feels utterly incorrect to dissect separate pieces, which, in effect removes specific instrumentation from its context.’
    1. 1.1 The arrangement or composition of a piece of music for particular musical instruments.
      ‘an experiment in instrumentation’
      • ‘It's an instrumental album featuring classical instrumentation, it features gorgeous packaging, and most of the song titles are either in French or chock full of commas.’
      • ‘And yet, this is also a noise-pop band: Beneath the layers of instrumentation, the music is propped up on barbed wire, unsteady and ready to topple.’
      • ‘Beyond Linnell's lickably good melodies and quirky instrumentation, something is often lacking; many of the tracks seem to have a strange lack of connection with actual human experience.’
      • ‘The notes say nothing about the orchestration, which to my ears sounds like Shostakovich's 1940 instrumentation rather than Mussorgsky's rougher original.’
      • ‘It's one of those things that, if you're listening to it as background noise or something, it sounds almost happy - the melody and instrumentation just gives it that feel.’
      • ‘The later orchestration of the pieces would have provided no examples for the book on instrumentation he planned consisting entirely of musical extracts from his own works where he felt he had got things wrong.’
      • ‘It's treacherous territory, to be sure, but Half Cousin pull it off convincingly, faltering only in the rare moments that they sacrifice melody to spotlight quirky instrumentation.’
      • ‘Indeed, the group's college-age members rarely fail to build on their obvious indie influences with swooning California melodies and quirky instrumentation.’
      • ‘That's part of the charm of the record, this very primitiveness of instrumentation and melody - as though we are looking in on something that isn't quite ready to be shown to the public yet, or was never even intended for it.’
      • ‘The instrumentation throughout is traditional but robust.’
      • ‘As both musician and composer, Mitchell is always the scientist, tirelessly experimenting with musical forms, textures and instrumentation.’
      • ‘Thirdly, his musical instrumentation does not sound stereotypically ‘Christian.’’
      • ‘The instrumentation is simple, often one-line.’
      • ‘For 20 years the trio has personified atypical instrumentation and superb musicianship, while maintaining a spirituality that is felt throughout.’
      • ‘The sounds of Stravinsky's instrumentation are not far away.’
      • ‘At his wish the Quintet had to preserve the structure and instrumentation of the Hummel Quintet, recte Septuor, which at that time was still new.’
      • ‘The orchestra sounds fired-up, Verdi's instrumentation is revealed in all its glory and the performance speaks with a common tongue.’
      • ‘Wainwright experiments with song structure and instrumentation, dabbling in swaying pop songs, waltzes and layers of horns and strings, giving the album an old world feel that moves from the whimsical to the melodramatic.’
      • ‘Acerbic performance practices and pinched, puny instrumentation made these works seem severe.’
      • ‘‘Goya's Nightmare’ is a disturbing stew of vocals, strings, and exotic instrumentation.’
      adaptation, setting, scoring, orchestration, reduction, harmonization
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  • 2Measuring instruments regarded collectively.

    ‘the controls and instrumentation of an aircraft’
    • ‘It has a new dashboard, which provides better ergonomics, with improved layout of instrumentation and minor controls and also has more storage space.’
    • ‘But we do not have any instrumentation that can measure it.’
    • ‘A typical automated test and control system uses a computer to control positioning equipment and instrumentation.’
    • ‘Plus, we provide the control and safety systems and instrumentation used to measure the oil flow.’
    • ‘Not only is there a wide range of bioagents to identify, but the demands of field use place constraints on the complexity and size of the sensor devices and attendant instrumentation.’
    • ‘As you can imagine, there are a lot of sensors, instrumentation and so forth involved.’
    • ‘Work will involve replacing the aircraft's analog instrumentation with six digital displays and the flight management system Boeing developed for its newest version of the 737 airliner.’
    • ‘Airline passengers are currently instructed to switch off their mobile phones before a plane takes off, as the signals could interfere with aircraft instrumentation.’
    • ‘He is an expert in spacecraft instrumentation, and environmental sensors, and has published more than 150 papers.’
    • ‘Newport makes photonics instrumentation, motion control, and automation equipment.’
    • ‘All instrumentation and ancillary controls worked, including the left sided direction indicators, this being a European car.’
    • ‘There is also a cost saving - the trials would otherwise have required many hours of flying time with the aircraft laden with instrumentation.’
    • ‘It carries extensive instrumentation to measure the twisting and bending of the wing during flight.’
    • ‘Meant to enforce a no-fly zone or just to maintain air superiority over an airspace, the weapon is targeted on an aircraft to disrupt its instrumentation.’
    • ‘Seats, controls and instrumentation are all new and there's a new steering wheel with remote controls for the radio.’
    • ‘This will upgrade and modernize the regional seismic networks that locate earthquakes and determine magnitudes, replacing aging sensors with modern instrumentation.’
    • ‘Sensors, instrumentation, and mediated monitoring systems of all kinds are the next aesthetic frontier.’
    • ‘This article describes a systematic approach to controlling equipment and instrumentation expenses.’
    • ‘The controls and instrumentation are just too quirky.’
    • ‘The carrier was fitted with instrumentation which measured flight deck movement.’
    1. 2.1 The design, provision, or use of measuring instruments.
      • ‘We're pretty good in electronics and instrumentation, but not in biology,’ he said.’
      • ‘The six-week program covers the fundamentals of nuclear theory, radiochemistry, nuclear instrumentation, radiological safety, and applications to related fields.’
      • ‘A professor of instrumentation and measurement is leading a team making a new laser based reader device to allow the wax cylinder to be heard.’