Music is made of sounds and we can use any sounds to make music.
A Music of Sounds?
It may at first seem rather silly to think about music in terms of sounds. Often music is conceived of in terms of notes, tempos (tempi) and rhythms. However, not all sounds can be thought of in this way.
Notes vs. Sounds
Music is made of sounds. But while standard musical terms and notation are able to describe some sounds:
They are not able to describe every sound:
These sounds can not be easily described by standard musical notation.
They are more complex, with interesting textures and properties.
Sounds are not always so pure and simple; in fact, this is one of the things that makes listening to sounds so interesting!
Not Merely Notes
As the Japanese composer, Toru Takemitsu wrote,