I am just sure
there must be industry jargon
for this, but anyway I will define it.
A recording (like a CD
) where the low-volume parts and the high-volume parts are recorded with such a level difference that there is no comfortable volume
Basically, if your stereo is set so that you can appreciate the low-level sections (like a sottovoce), when the high-level section comes in your amplifier overloads and the neighbours call the police.
My prime example of that is Amarok.