Enlightening thoughts: PRO SESSION - The Studio As Compositional Tool.
The effect of recording is that it takes music out of the time dimension and puts it in the space dimension.
… another aspect of recording, which I call the detachable aspect. As soon as you record something, you make it available for any situation that has a record player. You take it out of the ambience and locale in which it was made, and it can be transposed into any situation.
The move to tape was very important, because as soon as something’s on tape, it becomes a substance which is malleable and mutable and cuttable and reversible […]
You’re working directly with sound, and there’s no transmission loss between you and the sound - you handle it. It puts the composer in the identical position of the painter - he’s working directly with a material, working directly onto a substance, and he always retains the options to chop and change, to paint a bit out, add a piece, etc.