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.
AGP1-130 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP131-133 and other recent AGP installments are also available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
AGP134 is a transcription of another LP by the avant-guitarist Henry Kaiser, recorded several years after the LP featured in AGP102. This LP includes some of Kaiser's best recorded work, and yet it has strangely never appeared on CD and is long out-of-print. The sounds have a rounder edge than those featured in AGP102 and the improvisations are somewhat more measured, both of which make it more approachable. In the middle of track 01, there is a brief jam on two riffs from Fumio Hayasaka's score for Akira Kurosawa's movie "Shichinin no samurai", and towards the end of track 04 there is what sounds like a nod to "Veteran's Day Poppy" from Captain Beefheart's LP "Trout Mask Replica".
The LP transcribed for this installment is in excellent condition. The torrent includes a PDF file with scans of the back cover.
01 - It's a Wonderful Life [24:17]
02 - Let's Drink 100% Healthy Milk and Study Hard! [5:44]
03 - The Book of Gold [8:20]
04 - Ear Trouble [9:40]
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.