The value of art, and particularly that of the evolution of music into the art of sound, is in its power to illuminate, by logical extension, the future.
Current social conditions are always the results of causes and their effects, and to simply envision them clearly makes it possible, with courage, to avoid much that need not become problematic.
Whenever the human condition is held to be something it is not and never will be, paroxysms of hubris emboldened by ignorance follow. One cannot allow absurdity to go unchallenged without knowing what to expect.
Clearly, perceptivity stands in opposition to nihilistic insensibility.
Yet the latter perspective always takes contemporary precedence by dint of incessant clamor, appeals to ignorance, and mob mentality. The sleep of reason yields monsters; their attempted expressions are nugatory, and absurd.
That which will be must conform to reality, and reality will not be coerced. Contrived eccentricities create neither power nor individuality, and the quest to make them do so has rendered them common, pointless, vapid, and impotent.
Art collapses in the hands of the unfinished intellect, the ideologue, and the timid.
This is a failure of vision as well as intellect. A failure of recognizing the human condition, it is disabled further by a lack of critical foresight. Yet it is sustained by the like-minded, until definitive revolt can no longer be restrained.
Put plainly, music is one form of creativity involving sounds, and there are other forms that do not necessarily conform to the categories generally considered to encompass music.
Music is an art and a science. The creation and expression of aural imagery is a different kind of art, and a different application of science, one that analyzes environments for the purpose of replicating their varied atmospheric elements in stylized forms through processes of sound manipulation.