The Effects Of Musical Instruments On Music

890 Words Aug 31st, 2015 4 Pages
All noise making objects produce certain tones that help distinguish them from another item. For instance, when a child hears a cartoon playing in another room then they are residing in, the brain can tell if the voices they hear are from SpongeBob, or Looney Tunes. The same process happens with musical instruments, although the actual term to describe it is timbre. Timbre describes all characteristics of music that have nothing to do with pitch, loudness, or length. An example of timbre within music would be when a piccolo and a clarinet are playing a tone with dynamic levels identically, a trained ear can separate the two. Timbre is often referred to as tone color or tone quality. There are an unnumbered amount of expressions that are used to describe timbre such as, dim, nasally, mellow, brittle, and flat. Without changes in timbre an audience would quickly become uninterested in a piece. Therefore, composers often use timbre to affect mood of the audience. By changing dynamics, but keeping the timbre the same the musician can provoke different emotions onto the audience. In performing a piece with bright timbres, and loud dynamics the musician causes a disposition of conflict, but through varying the dynamic level to soft the audience moods suddenly shift to compassion. A composer creates musical landscapes in this way. Moreover, without the use of voices and instruments timbre would have not use in music. To further understand the use of voices and instruments in…
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