- Music is per definition unusable. It can't be used. It is unused in the sense that once the sound is produced it will never come back. Sound can only exist in the open.
Years ago I was involved in some activities of the Wandelweiser group that are known for their interpretation of the work of John Cage. Although I don't consider myself a musician, this experience influenced me how I hear sound. Music of this kind often comes in the form of instructions. Cages method of randomness is widely misunderstood as arbitrariness, but actually it is the complete opposite – it is the ability to distinguish between something happening and nothing happening: the organization of time and space. In a weird way, Cages method of formalization reflects the same principles that can be found in modern data analysis (Data Mining, Predictive Analytics, Big Data), a technique that focuses on modeling and knowledge discovery for predictive rather than purely descriptive purposes.
What was then, maybe, a prediction of the integration of life and art, is used today to predict human behavior based on informations. The underling principle is still the same however. For me, music always reminds me of something missing and therefore cannot be heard.
The soundtrack of something that is missing. (FE)