I hope this isn't off topic. My apologies if it is. I have many friends who claim that listening to music is an intellectual experience for them, especially when it comes to western classical and Indian classical music. I would like someone to explain to me what this means. I do listen to lots of pop, rap, rock and some western and Indian Classical. For me music is simply an emotional experience. The stuff just feels great, it's really enjoyable and is just the balm my soul needs from time to time. Listening to Ode to Joy lifts me in a way that nothing else does.. but the experience is not an intellectual one. I am a mathematician and a research economist by training and my day job as a researcher is essentially what I would call intellectual work. To me music provides no intellectual insight into math, economics, finance, econometrics nor does music provide any understanding of the human condition like say reading Conrad or Orwell does. For me music makes me feel a whole range of emotions...I can appreciate the skill of the artist, much like I can appreciate the skill of an athlete or the skill of a master Chef like Gordon Ramsay but music does not open any of life's mysteries for me like reading History, Psychology, Economics, Physics or Novels does for me or doing research in Finance and Economics does for me.
So on what level is music an intellectual experience?