They are united at the very moment they clash

” …Music is not in visible space, but it besieges, undermines and displaces that space, so that soon these overdressed listeners who take a judicial air and exchange remarks or smiles, unaware that the floor is trembling beneath their feet, are like ship’s crew buffered about on the surface of a tempestuous sea. The two spaces are distinguishable only against the background of a common world, and can compete with each other only because they both lay claim to total being. They are united at the very moment they clash…”

– M. Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of perception

Came across this quote and for the first time reflected on music as gestalt, in the formal, gestalt-psychological sense.