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.
AGP1-27 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP28 is 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.
AGP29 features music by Cristobal Halffter, one of the great Spanish composers of the late 20th century. Halffter was born into a musical family in Madrid, studied at the Madrid Conservatory, conducted the Falla Orchestra, and then directed the Madrid Conservatory while still in his thirties. His early work was influenced by Falla, Bartok and Stravinsky. Quoting from the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians: "Works like Anillos for large orchestra (1967-8) and Lineas y Puntos for 20 wind instruments and tape (1967) established his ability to work freely with the large sound masses and more delicate combinations which then constituted the common language of orchestral writing among young composers. At the same time these pieces revealed an uncommon individuality, particularly in their unmistakable expressive character: Halffter was using avant-garde means, but in spirit he belonged to Spain."
This installment includes four works drawn from two LPs, on Wergo and Christophorus. The recording quality of both LPs is excellent, and the German pressings have characteristically low noise levels. Noche Pasiva del Sentido (St. John of the Cross) for soprano, two percussionists, and tape is from 1971 and is nothing less than hauntingly beautiful. Secuencias for orchestra is from 1965. Lineas y Puntos does an uncommonly good job of integrating instrumental and electronic music in a seamless whole. Symposion for baritone, chorus, and orchestra is from 1968. The torrent includes a text file containing the extensive notes from the Wergo LP. Since they are all in German, they are an unedited output of my OCR program. The Christophorus LP ("Neue Klangstrukturen der Musik") has no notes particularly relating to the Halffter track on it.
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 - Noche pasiva [19:37]
02 - Secuencias [14:04]
03 - Lineas y puntos [14:23]
04 - Symposion [25:14]
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.