Definition of harmolodics in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhaːməˈlɒdɪks/

plural noun

[treated as singular]
A form of free jazz in which musicians improvise simultaneously on a melodic line at various pitches.
Example sentences
  • Despite this, the sheer volume of sound serves as a uniting force and in some ways it seems to suggest a sort of free jazz guitar version of Ornette Coleman harmolodics.
  • Despite the commercial viability of both genres, he has had no desire to replicate harmolodics any more than straightforward bebop.
  • The latters skewed Delta Blues harmolodics are evoked in ‘Somewhere in the East’, where a spot of retuning gives the guitar a sour, oud like sound (even though the melody hints at ‘Strangers in the Night’).



Example sentences
  • The harmolodic rough n’ tumble of ‘Uten Forbindelse’ leaves the strings behind for cut and thrust avant bebop, with Seim whipping out his claraphone (a tenor sax with bass clarinet mouthpiece).
  • Throughout the album, traditional song structures are forsaken for acreage of Hagerty's bleating, harmolodic guitar, neck-snapping male/female vocal tag-teams, and frantic, inscrutable lyrics I couldn't even hope to transcribe.
  • Threadgill used two (!) tubas in an earlier group, Very Very Circus, often combining them with two electric guitars for some delightfully ragged harmolodic funk.


1970s: coined by the American saxophonist Ornette Coleman (born 1930) and said to be a blend of harmony, movement, and melodic.

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