atonal atonal  /eɪ ˈtoʊ nəl/

Definition(s):

  • (adj) characterized by avoidance of traditional western tonality

Usage(s):

  1. Overall: McCain was McCain evocative, intense, and at times emotional, but also vague, elliptical, and atonal.
  2. The vocals are often mumbled and atonal.
  3. He is a traditionalist, a student and an admirer of such Western composers as Beethoven and Mozart, and he is dismissive of modern, atonal music.

News

  1. One Direction brings the noise and sloth to Maverik Center

    West Valley City • Thursday night at the Maverik Center, the cacophony was enveloping, with a wall of sound ricocheting around my brain that heightened, and then numbed, the senses. Loud as the Old Testament God, the sounds were unlike those I have ever encountered, and it is likely that I will hear the ringing from the atonal symphony of sound for as long as I live. Oh, was there music to be ...
    on July 26, 2013     Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

  2. One Direction brings the noise, sloth to Maverik Center

    West Valley City • Thursday night at the Maverik Center, the cacophony was enveloping, with a wall of sound ricocheting around my brain that heightened, and then numbed, the senses. Loud as the Old Testament God, the sounds were unlike those I have ever encountered, and it is likely that I will hear the ringing from the atonal symphony of sound for as long as I live. Oh, was there music to be ...
    on July 26, 2013     Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

Quotes

  • "Some of it seems to be an extension of the last couple of records, but some hearkens forward into territory and also back to earlier, more dissonant and atonal stuff we've done," guitarist Lee Ranaldo told Billboard.com in October of the new...
    on Jan 6, 2006 By: Lee Ranaldo Source: Billboard

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