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1 change the key of, in music; "modulate the melody"
2 of one's speech, varying the pitch [syn: tone, inflect]
3 fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of; "regulate the temperature"; "modulate the pitch" [syn: regulate]
4 adjust the pitch, tone, or volume of
5 vary the frequency, amplitude, phase, or other characteristic of (electromagnetic waves)

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  1. To regulate, adjust or adapt
  2. To change the pitch, intensity or tone of one's voice or of a musical instrument
  3. to vary the amplitude, frequency or phase of a carrier wave in proportion to the amplitude etc of a source wave (such as speech or music)
  4. In the context of "intransitive|music": to move from one key or tonality to another, especially by using a chord progression


Change the pitch (transitive)
Vary the amplitude etc.
Move from one key to another (intransitive)



  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, modulare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, modulare#Italian|modulare

Extensive Definition

Modulate is Bob Mould's fifth solo album, released in 2002 after a four-year layoff. Although a few tracks on his previous release, The Last Dog And Pony Show, had featured tape loops and samples, Mould shocked his fans with such a dramatic embrace of electronica. Rolling Stone magazine awarded the album 2 1/2 stars out of five, declaring: "Ultimately, this is a rock record with electronic effects, not a techno record with guitars, and it falls short of being totally satisfying as either."
The song "The Receipt" is widely considered to be an attack directed at former Hüsker Dü bandmate Grant Hart.
Mould dubbed the tour supporting this album "The Carnival Of Light And Sound." It featured him performing alone on stage, backed by prerecorded tracks as short films were projected on screens behind him.

Track listing

  1. "180 Rain"
  2. "Sunset Safety Glass"
  3. "Semper Fi"
  4. "Homecoming Parade"
  5. "Lost Zoloft"
  6. "Without?"
  7. "Slay/Sway"
  8. "The Receipt"
  9. "Quasar"
  10. "Soundonsound"
  11. "Hornery"
  12. "Comeonstrong"
  13. "Trade"
  14. "Author's Lament"

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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