A category of musical instrument defined by the Harvard Dictionary of
Music to extend the categories established by ethnomusicologists
Erich Hornbostel and Curt Sachs. From the Greek -phone
(sound or voice) and New Latin electricus- (electric)
Electrophones are a relatively new category of musical instrument that
produce sound through the use of electronic devices. This usually
utilizes a loudspeaker and often electronics like DSPs and DACs.
Electrophones usually are some form of synthesizer, but may also include
electric guitars (which may also be a chordophone).
See Also: membranophone, chordophone, aerophone, idiophone.
E*lec"tro*phone (?), n. [Electro- + Gr. sound.] Physics
An instrument for producing sound by means of electric currents.
© Webster 1913.
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