I asked Manfred, he of the funny hair, stolen library books, and blog and band Trip to Jerusalem, how one actually records music. I had no idea.
Manfred is usually at least amusing, but his response is more than that--it's a glimpse into the work of creation:
"...start with the beat.
"Being boring, say its four beats to the bar and about 100 beats per minute. Now you record on one of your tracks the timecode, more often than not using a drum machine, which is the 'guide' for everyone else to play to. This beat track will be excised from the final recording."
(Work where the final piece eradicates the original scaffolding intrigues me--like the lost wax process. Or parts of growing up?)
Read the rest here: "The Sound of Drums, Part One".