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"Music, often an art/entertainment, is a total social fact whose definitions vary according to age and culture," Its oftenly contrasted with noise. According to musicologist "The border between music and noise is always ethnically defined which implies that, even within a single society, this border does not always pass through the same place; in short, there is rarely a consensus. By all accounts there is no single and intercultural universal concept defining what music might be."

Music is a word whose accepted definitions vary with time, place and culture. It is said to be an art, or form of entertainment or recreation activities, it is also often defined by difference with noise or speech. Some definitions of music place it explicitly within a cultural context by defining music as what people accept as musical.

Often music lists the aspects or elements that make up music. However, in addition to a lack of consensus, Molino a musician also points out that "any element belonging to the total musical fact can be isolted, or taken as a tactical variable of musical production." Nattiez gives as examples Mauricio Kagel's Con Voce [with voice], where a masked trio silently mimes playing instruments. In this example sound, a common element, is excluded, while motion, a less common element, is given primacy.

Improvisation, Interpretation, Composition

Most cultures use at least part of the concept of preconceiving musical material, or piece of music, as held in western classical music. Many but fewer cultures also include the related concept of explanation, performing material conceived by others, and less still the distinct concept of making do, material which is spontaneously thought of while performed, not pre-conceived. However, many cultures and people do not have this distinction at all, using a broader concept which incorporates both without discrimination. Improvised music virtually always follows some rules or conventions and even "fully composed" includes some freely chosen material. See also, precompositional. Composition does not always mean the use of notation, or the known sole authorship of one individual.