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Cacophony

 

combinations of tones that convey the impression of being piled up in a disorderly and chaotic manner. It isusually created by an accidental combination of tones (for example, when an orchestra tunes up), but some representatives of contemporary music abroad intentionally employ cacophonicelements in their compositions.

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When Rick Santorum compared homosexuality to polygamy and incest in an Associated Press interview last April, the uproar was cacophonous.
Where cacophonous conversation shatters long-revered silence.
This is a very accomplished piece, but it just fails to transmit the sense in which Rabelais deliberately chooses cacophonous rhyme to convey the moral and physical ugliness of those not welcome in the Abbey.
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Without Him, we are left defenceless against the World and all its destructive, cacophonous, unloving ways.
Then, the great cacophonous outbursts of the second half are pointed up all the more dramatically in contrast.
Beneath the cacophonous exterior of tunes like "Solace" and "Nebula" lie warmly melodic themes--this in an era when many jazz experimentalists seem to distrust lyricism.
Eastman's Aunt Phillis's Cabin and other anti-Tom novels, and Poe's "The Gold-Bug," thereby going a great distance toward reconstructing a complex antebellum literary field in which a cacophonous discussion about race and slavery was under way.
The impression that emerges from this collection is of a rather cacophonous discussion with most of the discussants talking at cross-purposes.
Steve Chapple's collection of twenty-five essays, some of which have previously appeared in Sports Afield and other outdoor magazines, are far too cacophonous and bloody-minded, far too funny and ironic, to win praise from all environmentalists.
Plaintive vocals, dissonant wind instruments, and cacophonous percussion resonate with humble conviction throughout the sixty-nine tracks on these companion albums, revealing the important role of music in the everyday life of Peruvian villagers through performances that are deeply rooted in religious and secular festivals, marriage ceremonies, Carnival, funeral rites, and the fundamental role of agriculture.
Their nonstop movement, accompanied by cacophonous live percussion music, is dance that is macho, athletic, energetic, raw, powerful, and primitive.