I’ve heard said and considered the notion of music being abstract.
Does this also mean that sound itself is abstract?
Aside from the potential semantic struggle implied in such statements, I find it easy enough to accept sounds themselves having a non-concrete, air quality about them.
A tensioned twisted cord being plucked and sawed at with horse hair, is decidedly self referencing, decidedly about it self.
When does it become music, this sound made and being heard?
No sounds in space for want of an atmosphere. It’s the vibrational field which emotes the signal, the index of force and mass.
The work this sound wants to do, which projects as action, this motion, sweeping us up as receptive agents for language or music.
Our aural predisposition to pass beyond what was before.