“Music ought to be one of the greatest human mysteries, the one kids say they’re going to grow up and solve.
Why does it exist? Why do we love it?
You’d think we would have made some progress figuring out these questions, given the past two millennia of effort. In fact, if you read a “music theory” book, you might leave with the impression that we actually understand music. Music theory books are teeming with arcane mathematical nooks and crannies, from harmonics to timbre, and from diminished sevenths to the cycle of fifths.”