Sorry for the uninformed question but I need some help understanding this. I'm trying to understand what phase information is and it would be very helpful if someone could correct my understanding of it.
Fourier transforms are used to create spectrograms (I understand the vanilla DFT). They allow us to see the different frequencies that make up a signal, and with this knowledge we can plot create an amplitude spectrogram. During this process, phase information is discarded. Correct?
Therefore we can not reconstruct the original audio signal because we are missing phase information. Now what I don't understand is what this phase information is telling us. The way I understand it, is that phase tells us how the different frequencies are aligned/arranged in the original signal? Is this correct?