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Timbre, also known as tone color or tone quality, is the perceived sound quality of a musical note, sound or tone.

Frequency spectrum

Timbre encompasses many aspects, but the dimension which is the most relevant to xenharmonic music is the frequency spectrum. A sound can be broken down into partials, a set of simpler (sinusoidal) sounds, each with different frequencies and amplitudes, which compose the sound when played together.

Several musicians have experimented with timbres specially selected or adapted to reinforce certain intervals, such as odd harmonics on a Bohlen-Pierce clarinet.

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