When we go to the clothing store looking for a new sweater, jeans, pants, or shirt, one of the ways in which we make a choice is by rubbing our fingers on the fabric to feel its texture: rough, smooth, hard, soft.
We also examine music's texture with our ears: how the tempo, melody, and harmonic materials are combined in a composition.
And the texture of individual instruments matter as well: the blat of a trumpet, the scraping of the bow across a violin string, the gentle caress of brushes against cymbals.
The better our systems get the more apparent the texture of music and instruments becomes.
Feeling the music takes on more meaning when we add texture to the mix.