musique concrète

noun

mu·​sique con·​crète myu̇-ˈzēk-kōⁿ-ˈkret How to pronounce musique concrète (audio)
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: a recorded montage of natural sounds often electronically modified and presented as a musical composition

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The soundtrack, in which dialogue is subsumed by sound effects, is a masterful piece of musique concrete; Tati rerecorded and embellished it in 1961. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, 16 May 2018

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Word History

Etymology

French, literally, concrete music

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of musique concrète was in 1952

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Cite this Entry

“Musique concrète.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/musique%20concr%C3%A8te. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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