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.
AGP1-32 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP33-34 are available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
Ignore the seeders/leechers statistics, as they often show no seeders when in fact there are some. For the time being, a new AGP torrent is being seeded around midnight each Friday night (GMT), and is advertised on the I Hate Music Forum.
AGP35 takes us back to the formative years of the avant garde. In fact, the earliest use (in English) of "avant garde" to refer to the cutting edge of artistic style was from that era. And the avant garde spirit was nowhere more active in that time than in Berlin.
This is the first of two installments devoted to selections from a 4LP set released on Thorofon in 1986, entitled "Musik Zwischen den Kriegen" (Music Between the Wars). One CD of material from this set has been released and is currently available. A title search for "The Thirties" on Amazon should bring it up. This installment and AGP36 contain almost all of the remaining tracks. Since these compositions are no longer under copyright protection, I have included a few that are available in other recordings, but most of these tracks feature compositions that are not currently available on CD in any recording. The torrent includes a text file containing the English-language notes from the booklet that came with the set.
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 - BUSONI Divertimento für Flote und Klavier op. 52 (1920) [8:06]
02 - TIESSEN Zwei Ernste Weisen für Viola und Klavier op. 29/30 (1920) [8:28]
03 - von ZIERITZ Präludium und Fuge für Klavier (1924) [4:59]
04 - PFITZNER Sechs Liebeslieder für Sopran und Klavier op. 35 (1924) [10:17]
05 - KRENEK Symphonic fur Blasinstrumente und Schlagwerk op. 34 (1924/25) [19:55]
06 - HINDEMITH Konzert für Orchester op. 38 (1925) [12:55]
07 - EISLER "Palmstrom" (Studien über Zwölfton-Reihen) op. 5 (1926) [5:22]
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.