The Avant Garde Project is a series of 20th-century classical, experimental, and electroacoustic torrents digitized from LPs whose music has in most cases never been released on CD, and so is effectively inaccessible to the vast majority of music listeners today. This is wild stuff, so check it out if you've never heard this sort of music before. The analog rig used to extract the sound from the grooves is near state-of-the-art, producing almost none of the tracking distortion or surface noise normally associated with LPs.
AGP1-150 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP151-152 and other recent AGP installments are also available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
AGP NEWS: After whetting your appetite with three new installments, the AGP will be off for the next two weeks. In the meantime, AGP partisans may be interested in some 24-bit torrents of non-avant-garde but timbrally and musically interesting recordings by Atrium Musicae Madrid, directed by Gregorio Paniagua, that I'll be uploading over the next few days.
CALLING ALL AGP PARTISANS: I'd love to include any or all of the following out-of-print CDs in the AGP. If you have one or more and would be willing to make and upload FLAC files, I'd be most grateful. I can walk you through any part of the process you're unfamiliar with. Scans of the CD booklets would be appreciated as well, if you're set-up to make them.
Recordings of Janacek's two string quartets by either the Medici or Gabrieli quartets
Bartok's 44 Duos for two violins, performed by Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman
Berg's Lulu, performed by (among others) Anja Silja, Christoph von Dohnanyi, and the Vienna Philharmonic
Hindemith Kammermusiken performed by Concerto Amsterdam
You can readily find my email address at avantgardeproject.org. Thanks!
AGP153 completes Paul Hindemith's collection Die Sieben Kammermusiken, one of the central publications of Paul Hindemith's early maturity. Other recordings of this collection are available on CD, but this one does not appear to be. It is performed by Ensemble 13 Baden Baden, and was published in 1978 as a 3LP set on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (1 C 65-99721/23). The excellent recording was produced by Paul Dery, Anita Forst, and Wolfgang Wlorczyk, and engineered by Anton Enders and Norbert Klövekorn.
The transcription is very clean and detailed. The torrent (actually) includes a PDF file (which I forgot to include with AGP152) with scans of the extensive notes in German from the booklet that came with the set, including names of the performers in each work. The PDF file also has the notes in English from another recording I have of this collection, for the benefit of AGP partisans who don't read German well.
06 - Kammermusik No. 5 for solo viola and large chamber orchestra, op. 36/4 [19:24]
07 - Kammermusik No. 6 for viola d'amore and chamber orchestra, op. 46/1 [17:30]
08 - Kammermusik No. 7 concert for organ and chamber orchestra, op. 46/2 [17:27]
Equipment used for A/D conversion: Lyra Helikon phono cartridge, Linn LP12/Lingo turntable, Linn Ittok tonearm, Audioquest LeoPard tonearm cable, PS Audio PS2 preamplifier, Kimber PBJ interconnect, M-Audio Audiophile USB A/D converter.
NOTE: To the best of my knowledge, these recordings are not currently available commercially. If you know otherwise, please let me know ASAP, as I do not wish any artists to be deprived of the royalties that they so richly deserve.