One of my former music professors used the term "magladize" (sp?) when referring to music composed in octaves but I can't find any references to it. Can anyone verify what I'm talking about including providing the proper spelling?
I'm going to venture to guess that your professor was using the term, Magadis.
According to Elson's Music Dictionary:
Magadis (Gr.) (mâ-gä-dîs) The name of an ancient Greek treble instrument, furnished with double strings tuned in octaves, like those of a three-stop harpsichord.
This seems to fit considering the similar spelling and nature of the tuning in octaves... and, the fact that it sounds like (given the little info provided) your professor was using the term more like an adjective than as a verb; describing music composed in octaves instead of describing a method of composing in octaves...