Cacophony

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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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