Definition of modulation
1 : an inflection of the tone or pitch of the voice; specifically : the use of stress or pitch to convey meaning
2 : a regulating according to measure or proportion : tempering
3 : a change from one musical key to another by modulating
4 : the process of modulating a carrier or signal (as in radio); also : the result of this process
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Those sorts of modulations get lost when every character wears a mic, as is the case in this production.
So the idea of using, essentially, a British icon to explore the modulation of British identity struck me -- especially with a view across history -- as a logical thing to do with Bond.
Coltrane rarely solos, but occasionally adds subtle right hand variations and weird modulations.
But one of his first lessons for pupils is vocal modulation.
Belafonte came of age as a vocalist in an era in which tone and modulation were paramount, watched as those foundations were successfully subverted, and then grew expert at drawing from both customs.
Brake pedal modulation between power regeneration (which charges the battery) and the physical disc brakes transitions gracefully.
The last of my three gripes: The brake modulation has too much travel.
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