Definition of monophonic in English:

monophonic

Line breaks: mono|phon¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌmɒnə(ʊ)ˈfɒnɪk
 
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adjective

  • 1(Of sound reproduction) using only one channel of transmission. Compare with stereophonic.
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    • Over the past 50 years, audio has progressed rapidly from monophonic to stereophonic sound, followed by quadraphonic audio, and Dolby surround sound.
    • Dialogue, effects, and music were all clean and generally distortion free, but the track sounds monophonic and is localized to the center speaker.
    • The monophonic sound of each mix gives the viewer a real sense of what it must have been like to have experienced these shorts for the first time in the 1920s and 1930s.
  • 2 Music Having a single melodic line without harmonies or melody in counterpoint. Compare with homophonic and polyphonic.
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    • Harmonization thus becomes not a means in itself, bur another aspect of the ‘perpetual variation’ process of an essentially monophonic melody.
    • It is a mark of Pahud's musicianship that even the monophonic instrumental line sounds richly harmonized and balanced on this recording.
    • In its earliest recorded form, plainchant, the monophonic music of the Western Church, varies from extreme simplicity to great complexity.

Derivatives

monophonically

adverb
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  • The next nine songs are from the artier and almost monophonically recorded album, which sought to replicate the chaos of their live performances.
  • This has a similar effect to when an analog synth's voices are monophonically tasked to one note.

monophony

noun
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  • The great Classical theorist Heinrich Koch established the two modern distinctions: monophony - polyphony, and polyphony - homophony.
  • Central to all music from Syria and Arab countries are monophony and heterophony, vocal flourishes, subtle intonation, rich improvisation, and the Arab scales.
  • In both cases, the response ‘Deo gracias’ was sung in simple monophony.

Origin

early 19th century: from mono- 'one' + Greek phonē 'sound' + -ic.

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