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Robert Fripp —
born on May 16, 1946,
Robert Fripp is an English guitarist, composer and record producer... (wikipedia)
The perception of the audience is the interesting part. If the audience doesn't hear what is going on, is it going on or not?
If a professional musician in a symphony orchestra is playing Beethoven. But this particular orchestra have played this particular chestnut so many times, they can play it in their sleep. Does the genius remain present in the music or not?
According to USA today, the average length of an attention span of a man in America is 23 minutes.
So, you can set up an orchestra down this end of the railway station playing one particular area, and simultaneously at the other end something completely different going on. And in the middle they meet, or not, depending.
Linguistic philosophers continue to argue that probably music is not a language, that is in the philosophical debate. Another point of view is to say that music is a very profound language.