Lofty headline, no?
Music is life. Perhaps we should all play music to each other, that might be a better world.
Instead we developed technology to record the music so we can play it on demand without musicians present.
After a few decades of standing in front of a microphone it grew into a new art form called recorded music. It’s the art form I probably enjoy the most daily, and one that I have practiced occasionally.
Here is an interesting wikipedia overview of what I love most, multitrack recording.