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.
AGP1-76 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP77-81 and other recent AGP installments are also available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
AGP82 comprises a selection of recordings made at the 9th Festival Internazionale di Musica Contemporanea in 1986 in Torino, Italy. The recordings were made during festival concerts on five nights in the Chiesa della Misericordia, and are wonderfully lively and clear. A wide range of intriguing timbres are deployed, including some of the most remarkable sounds I've ever heard from saxophones.
The torrent includes a PDF file with scans of the liner notes from the 2LP set (Icons Antidogma Records AM-I 861-862) from which these recordings were transcribed. While the commentary is in Italian, the notes detail the ensembles and performers for each of the pieces. This installment is too large to fit on one CD. Tracks 01-09 (from September 28 to October 1) fit on one disc, and the remaining two tracks will fit on a CD with AGP83, which will be released next Friday.
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.
01 Costin Miereanu: Ombres lumineuses [12:42]
02 Daniel Tosi: Multitude Quartett [9:41]
03 Giacinto Scelsi: Okanagon [8:58]
04 Enrico Corregia: Samek,Sihn [7:18]
05 Niccolo Castiglioni: Daleth [5:59]
06 James Dillon: Sgothan [10:48]
07 Aurel Stroe: La cite ouverte [8:48]
08 Bernard Cavanna: Goutte d'or [6:40]
09 Giuseppe Giuliano: Tempi della mente [8:24]
10 Enrico Corregia: Mohn und gedaechtnis [6:07]
11 Giacinto Scelsi: Rotative [7:08]
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.