What does the following rebus represent?


The answer, as the title implies, is something musical.


I realized the capital S was causing confusion. It doesn't matter whether it's capital or not, so I've changed it to lowercase.

  • $\begingroup$ DS = Dal Segno ? $\endgroup$
    – fffred
    Commented May 18, 2016 at 14:34
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    $\begingroup$ Ugh, I can't stop thinking about Dark Souls when I look at it. $\endgroup$
    – paste
    Commented May 18, 2016 at 14:39
  • $\begingroup$ Is it about dark souls OST? $\endgroup$ Commented May 18, 2016 at 14:39
  • $\begingroup$ @fffred If so, the meaning of "0+" is clear, but how is o=al? $\endgroup$
    – BaSzAt
    Commented May 18, 2016 at 14:40
  • $\begingroup$ @BaSzAt, I'm not sure I see any relationship between DS and 0+ ... $\endgroup$
    – fffred
    Commented May 18, 2016 at 14:54

4 Answers 4


Sonata in D major
(so naught(0) in D+, with D+ meaning D major)
I updated this based on a comment, but I'm still not very confident in using D+ to mean "D major".


Solo (so low) in …
But if it doesn't matter whether "S" is capitalized or not, then so "so" wouldn't be as "low".

  • $\begingroup$ That's actually a very good idea !! Why not refine your answer with "D+" meaning "D major" thus having a sonata in D major ? $\endgroup$
    – fffred
    Commented May 18, 2016 at 22:08
  • $\begingroup$ @ffred I thought of that, too, but I don't think I've ever seen D+ to mean D major. I've see Dmaj and Dmin, D and d (using case), but D+ would be new to me. $\endgroup$ Commented May 18, 2016 at 22:11
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, but it's a rebus, not music notation ..... I guess $\endgroup$
    – fffred
    Commented May 18, 2016 at 22:12
  • $\begingroup$ @ffred I updated my answer, but I've still got a note (heh) in there that I think D+ for D major is a bit odd. $\endgroup$ Commented May 18, 2016 at 22:13
  • $\begingroup$ Very Very Close. I "nada" the slang term for "nothing" in mind, rather than "naught", but I will definitely accept. $\endgroup$ Commented May 19, 2016 at 1:13

I interpreted it as

The first three characters can be pronounced "dee so". The zero can be interpreted as "none", and the plus sign resembles a 't'. Put those last two together phonetically to get "nunt". Saying these together, you get "dee so nunt" => Dissonant.


Is this

The lowest note, A1


The 'so' in Dso is the perfect fifth. Starting on note D, A would be its perfect fifth.
Then, 0+ would be an increment of 0 to 1.

  • $\begingroup$ Do you mean "sol"? $\endgroup$ Commented May 18, 2016 at 17:53
  • $\begingroup$ I've seen it like that, too, but I've always learned it as "so" $\endgroup$ Commented May 18, 2016 at 17:55
  • $\begingroup$ "so" is used sometimes, but historically it is "sol" as in "solfege" $\endgroup$
    – paste
    Commented May 18, 2016 at 18:25

I don't know if it's relevant, but if you parse it as a

chord notation,

you get

"D suspended half-diminished diminished augmented chord" (which covers every note in the chromatic scale except D#, E and C#)

So it would be a fancy name for a

tone cluster


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