The Avant Garde Project is a series of 20th-century classical-experimental-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.
AGP1-118 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP119-121 and other recent AGP installments are also available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
AGP122 is our second installment featuring works by the American composer Donald Erb, who passed away in August at the age of 81. For more information on the composer, see the AGP97 page in the archive or this biography: http://my.en.com/~jaquick/djebio.html.
Tracks 07-10 are a transcription of a Louisville Orchestra First Editions Records LP that I found in a used record store after AGP97 was released. The recordings on this LP are brilliant, and the works exhibit Erb's rich and intriguing orchetral style. More than the works in AGP97, these reminded me in places of Jacob Druckman's orchestral works.
Tracks 11-13 were provided by an Erb enthusiast and were transcribed using unknown analog equipment. The transcriptions have a somewhat darker, indistinct sound than you may be accustomed to from other AGP transcriptions. I could not transcribe these myself because I do not have copies of the LPs, so I offer these transcriptions instead to provide a wider sampling of Erb's compositions.
The torrent includes a PDF file with scans of the liner notes of the LP from which tracks 07-10 were transcribed.
07 - Spatial Fanfare for Brass and Percussion [1:35]
08 - Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra [15:11]
09 - Christmasmusic [7:01]
10 - Autumnmusic [12:45]
11 - Honor, Honor (spiritual, arranged by Erb) [2:37]
12 - Music for a Festive Occasion [7:14]
13 - Prismatic Variations [17:25]
Equipment used for A/D conversion of tracks 07-10: 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 currently out of print. 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.