musique concrète


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

Examples of musique concrète in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Side-stepping Goblin’s bombastic goth-prog from the 1977 original, Yorke instead opted for an unsettling mix of musique concrete, krautrock, and electronic sci-fi. Jon O'Brien, SPIN, 26 Jan. 2024 In the intervening span, McQueen’s explorations on the fringes of sound have made Leaving an oasis for everything from New Age to musique concrete to idiosyncratic R&B. Jeff Weiss, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2023 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


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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