German pre-Romantic philosopher, Johann Georg Hamman, held that music was given to man to make it possible to measure time:
We do not measure time regularly, like clocks do, but with many differing rates of speed. In the complexity of today’s experience, it often seems as if simultaneous events were unfolding with different measures. These different measures coexist and often blend but are not always rationalized in experience under one central system. We might call this a system of irreconcilable regularities.
Sort of like the strange but extremely valuable science of how pedestrians behave. Differing rates of speed, moving together in the main – or not – toward the same purpose, differently, together together, or together alone. A system of irreconcilable regularities and irreconcilably regular.