Recorded music can be passively enjoyed or carefully listened to. Whether meticulously fabricated or assembled on a budget a recording takes music out of thin air and electrifies it. Capturing music by channeling it through cables, ribbons, and compressors and sculpting it with faders, software, and plug-ins. To harness the creativity floating in the ether you will need an “audio mechanic.” Your engineer.
“… to the question of what makes a great session, more and more I find myself living through the emotional narrative of a record while I'm working on it. The process of listening to the story that is told and trying to absorb as much of the emotions wrapped up in the music starts to feel like character acting on my part.
I think that's the most important role and engineer can play: To be inside the emotions of a song and close to the people who made it, because it draws you closer to the process and the art. Also, if it's done right, you find yourself driving on exactly the same highway at exactly the same speed as the people they're working with and the piece they're working on.”