In Deal’s wonderful article on Whales’ songs (which I nonetheless critique here), he tells us:
But what is often overlooked [about the calls of a humpback whale] is the true musicality of the sounds. The shrill wails, deep growls, rhythmic scratches, and spectral moans combine into repeating patterns so structured that they fit any conventional definition of music.
Reading this, I questioned: “Conventional definition of music?”. Does such a thing really exist. I doubt it. And sure enough, when I clicked on Deal’s link to read the wiki article, I saw it had the same problems as those found when trying to define religion,
As readers may know, in this blog I discuss at great length the problems with defining religion. And in the music article I saw that a similar controversies exist in defining music: cultural bias and vague overlapping uses and more. “Music” is a word well before it is some real thing. Looking for an agreement on exactly what music is reveals it as a construed, abstract fuzzy concept.