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  • Arnold Schoenberg, whose music is generally used to define the term, atonal music, was opposed to the term.
  • His rhythm was different, atonal and strange, but not unpleasant.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The effect (described as timeless, sustained ecstasy) is elicited by certain atonal vibrations referred to as semuta music.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Now he let a panful of broken glass slide into one of the bags with an atonal jingle.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo

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  • The guns beat their heavy, atonal music into the air.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • I think it is finally my atonal screeching that awakes them.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • FORE!) His nervous humming broke into low, atonal song: "Lou, Lou, skip to m’ Lou, skip to m’ Lou my daaarlin…" Hadn’t Mr. Hallorann been right?
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
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