Dashboard icon
View Member Profile
View Profile
Add or Edit My Works icon
My Works
Edit Member Profile icon
Edit Profile
Member Orders Page icon
Member Shipping Settings Page icon
Member Profile Page Statistics icon
Edit Member Settings icon
Member Inbox icon
Logout icon
Member Login Sign Up icon
Country Flag
per page
Artopium.com -> Library Index -> Music Terms -> Acme siren

Music Term: Acme siren

Library Menu icon
Library Home
Promotion Tools
Member Help
Member FAQ
Roving Festival FAQ
Site Map
Link to Artopium
About Us
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1-9

Acme siren

Definition and background:

Aerophone, Free Aerophone, Percussion instrument, Auxiliary Percussion A percussion instrument that creates the stylized sound of a police siren. The Acme siren is a hand-held mouth-blown instrument that can be made out of metal or plastic. It is comprised of a cylinder shaped body with a fan-like blade mounted inside. As the performer blows into the cylinder, the blades are set into motion creating a high-pitched whistle effect that raises or lowers in pitch determined by the speed of the blades. This is a small version of early police and fire sirens that were mounted on vehicles and cranked by hand to rotate the blades. This is a sound effect that is normally used for humorous effects in compositions and to add extra comic effect for sight gags on stage and in cartoons. The sound of the Acme siren starts low and gets higher as the blades turn faster. The faster the blades turn, the higher the pitch and the slower the blades turn, the lower the pitch. Since this is a mouth-blown instrument, duration of sound and different sounds can be produced by the amount of breath control capable by the performer. The Acme siren has no way of altering or adjusting accurate pitches, so there is no range, nor is there any specific pitch or set of pitches associated with the instrument. A composer can provide direction for higher or lower pitch as well as the duration of sound. Also [Eng.] Acme siren; [Eng.] siren; [Fr.] sirene; [Ger.] Sirene; [It.] sirena.

Select from a letter above to find a music term in the Artopium index, or enter a music term below to search the entire index using Google Search.

This is a collection of over 7,000 music terms and definitions used for music theory, composition, instruments and more; a dictionary compiled by Artopium.com as a resource for all musicians everywhere, but especially for Artopium.com member artists. Artopium is a consignment website dedicated to promoting and selling the works of independent artists, musicians, filmmakers, fashion designers and authors from around the world. After looking up your music term and definition, if you have't already, please peruse the thousands of titles listed on Artopium by selecting from one of the categories above (Art, Music, Fashion, Video and Books). Or if you're an artist, sign up today for free and start selling your work immediately!

Wikipedia - Glossary of Musical Terminology

Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary

ORB -- Medieval Music Glossary

Artopium © 2002 - 2017