If I speak at one constant volume
At one constant pitch
At one constant rhythm right into your ear
You still won’t hear
Audio fidelity is something Faith No More take seriously. Bill Gould for instance has been outspoken on the poor audio quality of streaming – “It doesn’t sound very good. I think the sonics of Spotify are horrible, but it’s the future” – and now the band has teamed up with Latvian audio specialists Sonarworks to offer a first-of-its-kind enhanced audio version of Sol Invictus track Cone of Shame.
A few months ago, the Sonarworks folks contacted me again; they wanted to take this software out of the recording studio and bring it into the world of home audio. This time, they would attempt to address imperfections in a wide variety of headphones…and to take it a step further, rather than requiring someone to download and install their software, they would be able to run the test through a web browser.
I like the guys, they’re a small company from Latvia but with very big ideas, so we decided to give it a spin with “Cone of Shame”. As a band we try to take chances and explore new concepts all the time, and realized in this FNM tradition, that it might be cool to include some of our fans in on the experiment—as far as I know, no one has done anything like this before. So in this spirit, check it out, and let the guys know what you think. Tastes can be subjective, there are no right or wrong answers, but your feedback can go a long way toward improving the quality of our listening experience.