As she sang the notes rose and fell in crystalline clarity as though each one were the essence and soul of a distant silver bell. (excellent songstress)
The tones crashed and wavered in a fractured mass of twisted string and amplification. (angry rock guitar)
The horn went flat. It reverberated somewhere in his adenoids, then approached the correct scale only to fall far south of a C. (terrible horn player)
What can you do with words? Can you make someone actually hear the music in your novel?