The sound also has a rhythm, being made up of lots of small sounds that are evenly spaced. These small sounds make up an arc of pitchj, going: low > high > low.
This is the sound of someone giggling. What else might it be? (Try to imagine this sound in different situations).
Discuss what you hear with a partner. What do you hear when you try to listen musically? What do you hear when you listen contextually?
Contextual or Musical?
Sometimes we want listeners to make a connection between the sound and its source. Other times, we want the sound to be listened to on its own.
When Pierre Schaeffer recognised that people listen in different ways, he identified that the most important difference was whether sounds were recognisably linked to things from the world or not. He described these as either concrete or abstract (contextual or musical) ways of listening.
The extent to which a sound is recognisable can be either a useful tool, or an annoying hinderance to music made of sounds. Some sounds, even if they are generated, will be recognisable to listeners as sounds linked to something in the world.
The Magical Power of Transformations
Through his experiments with sound, Pierre Schaeffer also recognised that you can change the way in which people think about sounds by looping them.
The sound begins and we hear the source, but soon the rhythms and qualities of the sound emerge and take over.
In this way, the sounds have moved from being concrete to abstract. From having a contextual link (a place and real world link), to being heard musically (as rhythms).
Experiment with looping and duplicating sounds in the Compose with Sounds software.