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.
AGP1-133 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP134-136 and other recent AGP installments are also available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
AGP137 is the third and last featuring the music of Charles Chaynes, a French composer who held executive positions at France-Musique and Radio-France for much of his career, and so has produced a smaller body of work than he might have otherwise. This installment comprises his opera Erzsebet, from 1983, which is my favorite of all of the works by Chaynes I have heard. It tells the story of Ezsebet Bathory, a Hungarian noblewoman who was punitively immured in her castle after being convicted of torturing a series of young girls. It is a tour de force performance by Christiane Eda-Pierre, who portrays Erzsebet's increasingly delusional internal dialogue in the years until her death. The theme lends itself nicely to a variety of weird, disturbed musical atmospheres. Chaynes makes extensive use of massed strings and brass, producing aggregate effects that blur the boundary between harmony and timbre.
The LP transcribed for this installment is in excellent condition with only occasional tracking distortion during a few especially loud passages. The torrent includes a PDF file with scans of the liner notes from all four LPs included in this and the other two Chaynes installments.
09 - Erzsebet, side A [29:27]
10 - Erzsebet, side B [29:15]
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.