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.
AGP1-122 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP123-126 and other recent AGP installments are also available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
AGP NEWS: Next week's installment may be a day late. Or not. Stay tuned.
AGP127 features works by the American composer Ramon Zupko, who was born in Pittsburgh and taught at Western Michigan University, whose studio for electronic and computer music he founded and directed. He is now professor emeritus. I know his music exclusively from releases on CRI records. Although he won numerous awards and commissions, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981, to my knowledge, none of his works are still in print either on CRI or on other labels. This may be in part because he was not part of any of the easily definable movements of 20th century music.
I very much enjoyed listening to these works while transcribing them--in particular the first, for string quartet. The harmonies are all over the map, yet to my ear everything he does sounds fundamentally right. It reminds me of Bartok's string quartets in places, but it is by no means derivative. The recording by William Allgood is rich and detailed. The other works are for brass quintet, piano duet, and piano.
Two more works by Zupko will be included in next week's collection of electroacoustic compositions. The torrent includes a PDF file with scans of the liner notes from the two LPs transcribed for this installment.
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 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.