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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Definitions for membranophone

  1. any musical instrument, as a drum, in which the sound is produced by striking, rubbing, or blowing against a membrane stretched over a frame.

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Citations for membranophone
To the people who like to collect and use big words, [drums] are membranophones. , "Drums make both sound and music," Boys' Life, September 1975
Many of the membranophones used in a standard rock/pop drum kit can be tuned by adjusting the tension of the membrane. Derry FitzGerald and Jouni Paulus, "Unpitched Percussion Transcription," Signal Processing Methods for Music Transcription, 2006
Origin of membranophone
Membranophone was first recorded in the 1930s. It’s a blend of membrane, a late Middle English term from Middle English membraan “parchment,” which ultimately derives from Latin membrāna, and -phone, a combining form used in words for musical instruments.