In a quest to bring you the most in-depth and meaningful analysis of the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, I put together a full demo CD and, like any good journalist, demanded play time in every single room. Unless you're listening to your own music, it's impossible to tell how a system really sounds. Quite often I'd enter a room to hear Diana Krall and the system sounded uneventful until I put my CD on. Likewise, systems sometimes sounded great on the exhibitor's custom tracks but would then fall apart on my demo disc.
As you can see below, I chose tracks that normal people listen to (aka me). Forget the audiophile-certified test tracks, nothing is more meaningful than the music that actually gets circulation. I mixed it up with hip hop, electronica, rock, film sountracks and other wild cuts. This bunch covers all styles and segments from female vocals to big orchestral to subsonic synth.
Here are the tracks:
Massive Attack -- Inertia Creeps Remix Album -- "Inertia Creeps" (Alpha Remix)
Howard Shore -- The Lord of the Rings Soundtrack -- "The Black Rider" and "May It Be"
Eminem -- The Eminem Show -- "Superman"
Radiohead -- Kid A -- "Everying in Its Right Place"
The Star Wars Episode One Soundtrack -- "Panaka and the Queen's Protectors"
Nine Inch Nails -- The Downward Spiral -- "Closer"
Robert Shaw & Atlanta Symphony Orchestra -- Polovtsian Dances -- "Prince Igor"
Amon Tobin -- Supermodified -- "Saboteur"
Bjork -- Homogenic -- "Hunter"
Rammstein -- Sehnsucht -- "Tier"