Thread: Atonal Music
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Old 19th December 2006, 02:43   #7
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Atonal music is usually referred to as what you mentioned, but it goes beyond that. Technically speaking, a marching band's drum cadence is atonal music, so long as tuned mallet instruments don't play melodies that have a tonal center. Atonal music is also extremely effective accompaniment for films/videos, since although it provides a lot of extra environment/mood, it doesn't have enough tonal center to pull your focus away from what's happening visually or within the dialogue. You'll find it on some soundtracks.

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