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quarter tone


Many musical instruments are not designed to play quarter tones.
  music:  half of a semitone (aurally, or logarithmically)
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quarter tone quarter tones
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Less commonly called a quarter step.
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  • Many musical instruments are not designed to play quarter tones.
  • And then, in all but silence, in all but darkness, there followed a gradual deturgescence, a diminuendo sliding gradually, through quarter tones, down, down to a faintly whispered dominant chord that lingered on (while the five-four rhythms still pulsed below) charging the darkened seconds with an intense expectancy.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
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