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  Polyphony - MSN Encarta
Ethnomusicologists use the term polyphony to mean all instances of simultaneous parts (such as a drone and melody; or Western homophony; or African choral music), the one exception being simultaneous variations of a single melody (called heterophony).
Polyphony in this sense overlaps somewhat with counterpoint (the technique of combining simultaneous parts or melodies), and the word polyphony often refers to the contrapuntal vocal music of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
In this narrower, contrapuntal sense, polyphony is also contrasted with another musical texture—homophony, in which the simultaneous parts all have the same rhythm and create successions of chords, each chord being heard as a unit (as in typical four-part hymns).
uk.encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761573755/Polyphony.html   (155 words)

 Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
In music, polyphony is a texture consisting of two or more independent melodic voices, as opposed to music with just one voice (monophony) or music with one dominant melodic voice accompanied by chords (homophony).
Polyphony rose prior to, and during the period of the Western Schism.
The use of and attitude toward polyphony varied widely in the Avignon court from the beginning to the end of its religious importance in the fourteenth century.
www.goupstate.com /apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=NEWS&template=wiki&text=polyphony   (896 words)

 Polyphony - Definition, explanation
Polyphony is a musical texture consisting of several independent melodic voices, as opposed to music with just one voice (monophony) or music with one dominant melodic voice accompanied by chordss (homophony).
The term is usually used in reference to music of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance: Baroque forms such as the fugue which might be called polyphonic are usually described instead as contrapuntal.
Also, as opposed to the species terminology of counterpoint, polyphony was generally either "pitch-against-pitch"/"point-against-point" or "sustained-pitch" in one part with melismas of varying lengths in another (van der Werf, 1997).
www.calsky.com /lexikon/en/txt/p/po/polyphony.php   (614 words)

 Hazard Chase - Polyphony   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Polyphony was formed by Stephen Layton in 1986 for a concert in King's College Chapel, Cambridge.
Polyphony performed the world premiere of Oceanos by James Dillon in 1996 and, in that same year, performed Schnittke's Symphony No.2 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall.
Polyphony have a considerable discography, ranging from the group's first recording in 1995, for BMG Catalyst, featuring choral works by James MacMillan, which was shortlisted for the music industry's Mercury Awards, through the music of Grieg and Grainger for Hyperion and John Rutter's Requiem with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta to choral works by Arvo Pärt.
www.hazardchase.co.uk /client/polyphony.shtml   (379 words)

 Learn about Corsican traditional music, groups and recordings.
Polyphony is much used in the Christan mass and there are many traditional polyphonic mass chants.
Polyphony workshops are run between September to May by the Corse Musique association in Bastia (you can email Chrisophe Secchi).
Canta is the living legend of Corsican polyphony, have been established at the beginning of the so-called Reaquistu in the 70s.
www.corsica-isula.com /music.htm   (6707 words)

 polyphony. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Contrasting terms are homophony, wherein one part dominates while the others form a basically chordal accompaniment, and monophony, wherein there is but a single melodic line (e.g., plainsong).
Polyphony grew out of the practice of organum, in which a plainsong melody is paralleled by another melody at the interval of a fourth or a fifth.
In the music of this period, harmonies seem to be generated by the melodic lines sung simultaneously.
www.bartleby.com /65/po/polyphon.html   (252 words)

 Polyphony   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Created by Stephen Layton in 1986, Polyphony are an oustanding choral group, who have performed and recorded regularly to wide critical acclaim throughout the UK and abroad.
Polyphony premiered Schnittke's Symphony No. 2 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, and also premiered works by Arvo Pärt in 2003 and by John Tavener in 2004 in honour of his 60th birthday.
Polyphony have extensively recorded with Hyperion, including The Second Coming with works by Tavener, Coronation Te Deum by Walton, Seven Last Words from the Cross by McMillan, and their latest release Cloudburst by Eric Whitacre.
homepage.mac.com /splitcube/arvopart/polyphony.html   (268 words)

 Polyphony Distribution Ltd   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Polyphony Distribution Ltd is very actively involved in the distribution of cutting edge technologies, electronics, gadgets and video game consoles and peripherals.
Polyphony Distribution Ltd operates from the commercial centre of Nicosia Cyprus where it distributes and supplies to over 40 retail outlets island wide.
Polyphony has devoted a lot of energy to the development of its web site, www.polyphony.com.cy as an instrument capable of offering services of high added value, quickly and at a reduced cost creating a competitive advantage.
www.polyphony.com.cy   (330 words)

 Polyphony, a magazine of contemporary narrative poetry, dramatic poetry, poetic drama, epic, verse novel
Polyphony's mission is to be an Internet forum for the sharing of ideas, works, essays (and more) related to contemporary narrative and dramatic poetry.
Polyphony's goal is to be one-stop shop for all things narrative and dramatic poetry on the Web.
Polyphony was created with the firm belief that non-poets and people who love to read can and will enjoy narrative and dramatic poetry.
geocities.com /polyphonymag/admin/suppt.htm   (305 words)

 Polyphony and other issues - Synth Zone BBS
A synth guy here reckons that the polyphony has been taken up and this is the way the synth treats the sound.
With the type of playing you're doing, all of the sounds are playing back together (albeit with some faded out).
Even though a sound may have zero volume for the part, it is still using up polyphony.
www.synthzone.com /ubbs/Forum21/HTML/000355.html   (513 words)

 About SP-MIDI
For example, a composition that is written for GM2's 32-note polyphony, could also be made to play on GM1 and GM Lite devices, by eliminating certain instrument parts, chosen by the composer.
Scalable Polyphony MIDI was conceived as a solution for "3G" (3rd Generation) mobile applications and systems, as an alternative to General MIDI Lite (which requires a fixed 16-note polyphony).
For example, a multi-purpose Scalable Polyphony MIDI phone or PDA could automatically drop back from 16-notes to 4-notes when more power was needed for some other application, such as decoding a video stream.
www.midi.org /about-midi/abtspmidi.shtml   (1080 words)

 Traditional Polyphony of Georgia
The series of international scientific-practical conferences of 1984, 1986, 1988, 1998 and 2000 held in Georgia were crowned by the First International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony in 2002.
The idea to establish the International Center of Polyphony was born on these Scientific forums.
By the support of UNESCO and world’s renowned ethnomusicologists the Research Center on Traditional Polyphony was founded at Tbilisi State Conservatoire.
www.polyphony.ge /en/homepage/home.php   (160 words)

 Polyphony Spectrum Visualizations 1.1 1.1 - The Polyphony Spectrum Visualizations are a group of original, exciting ...
Polyphony Spectrum Visualizations 1.1 1.1 - The Polyphony Spectrum Visualizations are a group of original, exciting visua...
The Polyphony Spectrum Visualizations are a group of original, exciting visualizations for Windows Media Player, version 7.0 and higher.
The Polyphony Date/Time Utilities Demo illustrates the functionality of the P...
www.softhypermarket.com /Polyphony-Spectrum-Visualizations-download_3273.html   (226 words)

 Early Polyphony   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Polyphony is defined as music in which separate voices sing together, not in unison or octaves but as diverging parts.
Soloists sang polyphony during parts of the Mass and Divine Office that normally would have been sung by soloists in plainchant.
The penultimate notes of both phrases of chant (Alleluia and et sicut cedrus) set in polyphony are embellished with melismas in the organal voice.
www.wwnorton.com /concise/ch3_outline.htm   (459 words)

 Sonic Glossary: Non-imitative Polyphony
Non-imitative polyphony can be found in music from a variety of cultures and time periods, and it is particularly prominent in Western vocal music from the beginning of the 13th century to approximately the middle of the 15th--in other words from the later medieval period to the middle of the Renaissance.
in all their parts and even instrumental pieces may count as non-imitative polyphony, so long as two or more of the lines are sufficiently distinct to command attention from the listener.
Polyphony may be imitative or non-imitative, depending on how closely the various musical lines resemble each other.
www.columbia.edu /ccnmtl/draft/paul/sonic/ni_poly.html   (596 words)

 MO8 Polyphony Epandability? - Sweetwater Forums
Question 2 : The specs indicate that the "Maximum Polyphony" of the MO8 is 124 notes.
The polyphony is limited to only 64 voices.
The maximum polyphony refers to the internal sequencer having the ability to send 124 notes at a time, meaning to another external device.
www.sweetwater.com /forum/showthread.php?t=10106   (209 words)

 Pythagorean Tuning and Medieval Polyphony - Table of Contents
This FAQ article is intended to explain the system of tuning in perfect fifths commonly known as "Pythagorean intonation," its interaction with the stylistic traits of medieval polyphony, and its relationship to other systems of tuning.
Remaining the standard theoretical approach in the High Gothic era of the 13th century, Pythagorean tuning seems very congenial to the complex polyphony and subtle harmonic continuum of composers such as Perotin, Adam de la Halle, and Petrus de Cruce.
Section 3, on stylistic considerations, is linked in many ways to a companion article on 13th-century polyphony, and owes a special debt of gratitude to studies by Vincent Corrigan on the Notre Dame conductus repertory, and by Mark Lindley on the later 13th and 14th centuries, although any flaws or infelicities are of course mine.
www.medieval.org /emfaq/harmony/pyth.html   (766 words)

 Traditional Polyphony of Georgia
Works on polyphony by Robert Lach, Georg Schunemann, Marius Schneider, and especially Siegfried Nadel, are some of the key sources on Georgian polyphonic song.
Results of their research were presented at international conferences on polyphony held in Borjomi and Tbilisi in 1984, 1986 and 1988.
This was a series of steps leading towards the First International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony, which both summed up the century-long history of Georgian ethnomusicology, and began a new chapter in the study of Georgian polyphony in the context of world polyphonic music.
www.polyphony.ge /en/symposium/intro.php   (638 words)

 XV's polyphony - Synth Zone BBS
I run a small XV5080 site and among some questions there are a few that are very important regarding polyphony.
I's said that the XV5080 (3080 and 88) are 128 voice polyphony..
In case of stereo samples XV uses two oscilators and the actual polyphony is 64.
www.synthzone.com /ubbs/Forum21/HTML/000539.html   (269 words)

 May Release For Polyphony's Tourist Trophy // News
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Development of the game was confirmed by Polyphony at the Tokyo Game Show last Autumn, but today's news means that European gamers will soon be able to enjoy the two-wheel experience in just a matter of months.
Polyphony Digital confirms the development of Tourist Trophy; the Gran Turismo of the motorcycle world...
www.totalvideogames.com /news/May_Release_For_Polyphony&_039;s_Tourist_Trophy_9398_5128_0.htm   (458 words)

 Polyphony Pulls Plug On Gran Turismo HD // News
Polyphony Digital's Kazunori Yamauichi has today confirmed that development of Gran Turismo HD has been abandoned in favour of focussing on Gran Turismo 5.
The game, a PlayStation 3 version of Gran Turismo 4 running at 1080p, had been demonstrated at a number of trade shows including E3 and Tokyo Game Show - and was planned to be the first GT instalment to feature cars from the prancing horse, Ferrari.
Polyphony Digital's Kazunori Yamauchi explains the pressures on ensuring Gran Turismo made a PS3 appearance at E3'06...
www.totalvideogames.com /news/Polyphony_Pulls_Plug_On_Gran_Turismo_HD_10997_4280_0.htm   (500 words)

 Vintage Synth Explorer - Novation SuperNova   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Let's start with 16 voices of polyphony (20 with the new OS), add three VCO's using sound modeling to re-create those classic analog sounds with digital clarity and reliability.
A 61-note professional keyboard version, seen below, doubles the polyphony to 32 voices and the memory to 1,024 patches.
There is an upgraded model, the SuperNova II which greatly increases the polyphony, sonic possibilities and offers many more new knobs and functions.
www.vintagesynth.com /novation/supernova.shtml   (363 words)

 Polyphony - British choral vocal ensemble
Their performances have received enthusiastic acclaim in the press: the St John Passion was hailed in The Times as a ‘Passion to remember’ and according to The Evening Standard Polyphony’s rendition of Messiah was a ‘vivid injection of the freshest air’.
Polyphony made a double BBC Proms debut in 1995 with performances of Arvo Pärt’s St John Passion with The Hilliard Ensemble, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Les Musiciens du Louvre.
For over a decade Stephen Layton and Polyphony have been astonishing London audiences with their Christmas concert series: ‘nothing crowns the year like the annual, exhilarating Eve of Christmas Eve performance of Handel’s Messiah by the choir Polyphony under Stephen Layton’.
www.singers.com /choral/polyphony.html   (1493 words)

After a lot of brainstorming by all of us, I came up with the name Polyphony, which means "many voices" in musical terms.
At the time, all the synth manufacturers were trying various technologies to get more than one note at a time (polyphony) out of control voltage keyboard systems.
Uphill all the way, but the Polyphony concept was growing, and being accepted.
www.sonic.net /mjones/paia/polyphony.html   (1295 words)

 AllRefer.com - polyphony Information
Counterpoint is another word that has a similar meaning.
Polyphony is also the ability of a synthesizer to play more than one note at a time.
If the synthesizer can produce more than one type of sound – for example, a flute and a guitar – simultaneously, it is multi-timbral.
www.allrefer.com /polyphony   (171 words)

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