I was watching a video on YouTube. I think he said:

Il a donc fallu que je recale chaque groupe de notes pour avoir quelque chose qui ressemble à un chat mais qui soit quand même musical ou au moins un petit peu.

I'm quite sure that he said "recale", but the only usage of the verb "recaler" that I know of is in the sense of "fail" which does not apply to this context. Given the context, I wonder if it is a shortened form of "recalculer", though I cannot seem to find any dictionary entry for this.

Is "recaler" commonly used in conversation as an equivalent of "recalculer"? Or have I heard wrong, and is it actually some other word?


The verb recaler means readjust here, not that other recaler. It is also unrelated to recalculer.

Recaler means caler again, i.e. adjust something with the help of a cale: a wedge (German Keil).

The idea is to draw a cat on a "read sheet music" (midi clips), possibly with this software, then slightly readjust (i.e. recaler) the notes to reach an acceptable piece of music.

  • By the way, I wonder if it isn't better to say "mais/et qui en même temps soit musical" rather than "quand même", given the context? Dec 27 '17 at 17:57
  • Not better, but possible. With quand même, it is assumed a cat drawing is not naturally "musical" while with en même temps the negative correlation is less stressed. That's "nevertheless/still" vs "at the same time".
    – jlliagre
    Dec 27 '17 at 20:53
  • caler les notes, décaler les notes, et les re-caler: on le voit ici: books.google.com/… It's not normal conversation, it is used in music.
    – Lambie
    Dec 27 '17 at 22:06
  • Pinterest a plein de chats avec ou sur des partitions de musique.
    – Lambie
    Dec 27 '17 at 22:22
  • @Lambie Recaler can be used in several "normal conversation" contexts, not just music.
    – jlliagre
    Dec 27 '17 at 22:29

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