"i have often wondered if we ever meet other intelligent life forms (who can hear) would they have any appreciation of our music?  would they have their own music and would it resemble ours in any way?  is the science of music literally universal or are our musical rules only relevant to us because of our uniquely human aural perceptions?"

if they can hear in our frequency range i say they would definitely have an appreciation for it. music is not called universal for nothing! if they've managed space flight or radio etc communication i'm sure they probably would have their own music. the science of music is literally universal. overtones show in them strongly octaves, 5ths & thirds; plus the smorgasbord of the other intervals much quieter higher up. the scales may of course be unique, similar to oriental scales. animals can hear our music as well, birds for one really respond to it, just ask someone with pet birds & you'll be amazed! my sister used to have a wonderfully entertaining parakeet who could say a few words, & who could laugh. he was my #1 fan in those days. it was great the way he'd get appreciative of the music & start to wolf whistle; & when the music climaxed he was just flapping around & rapidly going back & forth on his perch! very funny, but that's how i discovered birds are keen on music! so i'm sure aliens would be too, that is if they can hear.
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