How is sound able to be transmitted through the air with such extreme clarity. What I find puzzling is that air has no stiffness to it at all. There are just countless numbers of molecules travelling at the speed of sound in random directions. How can a single speaker cone set up pressure waves that can simultaneously play bass instruments, voice or a bell through a medium that is so easily brushed aside by my hand such that I cannot even tell it is there. When the aether was invented as a medium for the propagation of light waves, it necessarily had to have a property of almost infinite stiffness. However unlike light waves, sound waves are transmitted through a medium that waves. I can understand how such clarity could be transmitted through something solid, less so for liquid, but not at all through something as insubstantial as air.