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The real meaning behind slew?

Post by BaloErets » Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:00 pm

So I'm guessing by most who would read this have a very good understanding of what we mean my slew. Recently, I told a good Brazilian friend of mine that I missed the slew in her voice... When she talked, she would always fluctuate her sentences with a smooth modulation in the pitch of her words. It's charming, I assure you.

Her, not being up with modular lingo, did a google search to try and understand... and with all interesting stories, the results she acquired were to a certain extent the exact opposite of what I understand as slew.

1.
turn or slide violently or uncontrollably in a particular direction.
"the Chevy slewed from side to side in the snow"
2.
(of an electronic device) undergo slewing.

noun
noun: slew; plural noun: slews; noun: slue; plural noun: slues

a violent or uncontrollable sliding movement.
"I was assaulted by the thump and slew of the van"


So is there some form of disparage going on between the actual meaning of Slew?

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Re: The real meaning behind slew?

Post by Blairio » Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:12 pm

Many words have multiple meanings. 'Slew' could equally be the past simple expression of the verb to 'Slay'.

'Slew' in synthesis is the introduction of a gradual change between two voltages, typically used to introduce a slide between two note values.

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Re: The real meaning behind slew?

Post by BaloErets » Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:13 pm

Blairio wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:12 pm
Many words have multiple meanings. 'Slew' could equally be the past simple expression of the verb to 'Slay'.

'Slew' in synthesis is the introduction of a gradual change between two voltages, typically used to introduce a slide between two note values.
But that's my point. You definition is exactly what I would understand it as, but it seems to also have properties of definitions that implicate violent and sudden changes to something, which I feel is the opposite of what we both understand as slew.

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Post by onthebandwagon » Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:17 pm

I’m guessing you never saw the VH1 Behind he Music on the subject?
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Re: The real meaning behind slew?

Post by BaloErets » Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:19 pm

onthebandwagon wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:17 pm
I’m guessing you never saw the VH1 Behind he Music on the subject?
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Re: The real meaning behind slew?

Post by BaloErets » Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:28 pm

But that's a completely different word! Don't get me wrong, because again I agree that the analog fits 100%. But google "slew" and the first results you get are in regards to "sudden changes... abrupt change".. that is not how I (nor we) see slew.

Again I'm challenging a concept that appears to have opposite meanings, and find it, for a lack of a better word, interesting.

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Re: The real meaning behind slew?

Post by Blairio » Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:35 pm

BaloErets wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:13 pm
Blairio wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:12 pm
Many words have multiple meanings. 'Slew' could equally be the past simple expression of the verb to 'Slay'.

'Slew' in synthesis is the introduction of a gradual change between two voltages, typically used to introduce a slide between two note values.
But that's my point. You definition is exactly what I would understand it as, but it seems to also have properties of definitions that implicate violent and sudden changes to something, which I feel is the opposite of what we both understand as slew.
Well yes. If you slay someone or some creature, there is an immediate and violent change in their state - from live to dead. You slew them.

I think this is just the wonderful richness of language. There are many examples of words spelled the same way with completely different meanings. In English they are known as Homographs:

a tear can be a rip in cloth .. or water from your eye

to lie can be to tell an untruth, or to rest prone on a flat surface

....and so on.

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Re: The real meaning behind slew?

Post by EATyourGUITAR » Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:36 pm

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Re: The real meaning behind slew?

Post by luketeaford » Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:58 pm

Yes, slew is a violent or sudden change. A "slew" is short for "slew limiter" which slows the rates of changes. :guinness:

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Post by syncretism » Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:04 pm

I wish there were a "like" button, because you've earned one, luketeaford.

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Re: The real meaning behind slew?

Post by cg_funk » Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:33 am

luketeaford wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:58 pm
Yes, slew is a violent or sudden change. A "slew" is short for "slew limiter" which slows the rates of changes. :guinness:
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I had to scroll quite a ways for the answer! Bingo! Luke you got it.

Although... "I miss the slew-limiter in your vocal inflections" sounds like something an alien would say to try to sound human
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Re: The real meaning behind slew?

Post by jorg » Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:35 am

"Your voice sounds like music" might have worked better on her. :hihi:

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Re: The real meaning behind slew?

Post by BaloErets » Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:53 am

luketeaford wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:58 pm
Yes, slew is a violent or sudden change. A "slew" is short for "slew limiter" which slows the rates of changes. :guinness:
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Re: The real meaning behind slew?

Post by mookmoof » Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:38 pm

Also, probably most commonly used to mean "a large number of things."

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Re: The real meaning behind slew?

Post by 3hands » Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:07 pm

mookmoof wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:38 pm
Also, probably most commonly used to mean "a large number of things."
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Re: The real meaning behind slew?

Post by luketeaford » Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:51 pm

syncretism wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:04 pm
I wish there were a "like" button, because you've earned one, luketeaford.
haha thanks -- happy to contribute to the pedantry here wherever I can despite my lack of electronics skills :hihi:

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Re: The real meaning behind slew?

Post by trentpmcd » Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:46 pm

Wow, with all this stuff about jerking about and slaying, I have to say that there are a slew of definitions for "slew"! Oh, sorry, please disregard... :hihi:

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Re: The real meaning behind slew?

Post by mskala » Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:24 pm

The best literal, general definition I've found for "slew" is "to move without changing orientation." Just like "slew mode" in the old Microsoft Flight simulator, if you remember that far back, or what in geometry is called "translational" movement. If something moves around in different directions but always facing the same way, not turning with the motion, it might be slewing. The word doesn't have anything to do with whether the motion is sudden and violent or smooth and gentle. A slewing motion could be either.

In modular, we often use devices called "slew rate limiters," which are intended to make the slewing of pitch be gentle. But slewing isn't defined by being fast or slow; it's defined by movement at all. And I wouldn't call such a device just a "slew" or a "slew limiter" because those terms confuse the meaning of "slew."

I think the usual musical term for the effect a slew rate limiter produces on pitch, is "portamento." Glissando is something else - it's what you get by running your fingers over a piano keyboard to quickly hit all the notes in a range. With glissando you're still hitting those notes in discrete steps, whereas portamento smoothly bends the pitch from start to finish. Portamento is more typically something you might do on a violin, or when singing.

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