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    I was wondering what is texture as one listens to music. Does an audio device produce texture or is it the music and how its was composed and performed. What do we hear when listening for texture.

    I read this,referencing texture
    1. The overall sound of an ensemble, including instrumentation and orchestration. Words like “thick”, “muddy”, “sparse” etc. can be used when talking about a track’s texture
    2. How the different streams of sound in a piece of music relate and interact. Words like “monophonic”, “homophonic” and “polyphonic” are used when talking about this kind of texture.
    • Monophonic: A single unaccompanied melody, for example you humming to yourself, or a solo trumpet playing a fanfare.
    • Homophonic: A melody with an accompaniment, for example most pop songs where the lead singer’s part is the most prominent and the band provides the “backing music”.
    • Polyphonic: Multiple independent melodies happening simultaneously. Rare in modern music but very common in classical music (particularly the Renaissance and Baroque eras).

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    In case missed.
    There's probably no more curious audio term than texture. Texture's use in describing the sound of an audio system is antithetical to the actual to the musical
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
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    • #3
      Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
      In case missed.
      Thank you Myles, I missed that thread.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
        In case missed.
        +1.
        Hugh Nguyen
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        • #5
          Originally posted by cpp View Post

          Thank you Myles, I missed that thread.
          NP. Great minds think alike! 🎯🎯🎯
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          • #6
            My thougjts are different as many times.
            Texture is what dsp removes so for anyone who has heard
            digital with and without dsp the without has imperfections
            noises , weight that all convey texture
            dsp makes things more polished , cleaner , less noise
            supposedly revealing more details of the music. And in a very uneven system it helps to balance the sound. For me at a high price. I may be using the term wrong as it seems others have a different view. This is mine.

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            • #7
              Perhaps I see it a little differently. When I think of air or grain, I think of the overall texture of the sound.

              But when I think of the word, "texture", I think of the, attack, harmonic envelope, decay and detail of the individual instruments and even vocals. Music is filled with different textures and a good recording on a good system will reveal them. Like the reeds on a saxaphone, the rosin on a cello, the glass slide moving down guitar strings, the Leslie speaker whoosh on a Hammond B3. I like to be able to hear all of the textures in the music.
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