The tone that represents the fundamental frequency of a vibrating object such as a string or bell.
- The overtones, with their compound, irregular vibrations, give a fundamental tone a certain character or ‘clang-tint.’
- We rarely hear a pure fundamental tone either in music or in nature.
- Such freedom of movement of a fundamental tone is specific to advanced written music of European origin, and in any case creates problems for the acoustic design of public buildings.
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Syllabification: fun·da·men·tal tone
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