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.
AGP1-91 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP92-96 and other recent AGP installments are also available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
AGP97 features works by Donald Erb, an American composer from Youngstown, Ohio. Erb is noted both for his masterful orchestrations (in fact, he was tapped by the Encyclopaedia Britannica to write their article on orchestration) and as one of the first composers to write for a chamber ensemble with synthesizer (in Reconnaissance, included in this installment). The synthesizer attracted him as a way of combining electronic and instrumental sounds while preserving the "give-and-take quality" of a chamber ensemble. And in Reconnaissance, there is much finer interleaving of electronic and acoustic sounds than is typical in such compositions. The synthesizer in this performance is played by Michael Tilson Thomas.
This installment contains complete transcriptions of two LPs (Turnabout TV-S 34433 and Nonesuch H-71223) as well as one track from another (CRI S 323). The additional track pushes the installment one minute over the 80-minute limit of one CD. If you are burning to CD, you could include only the first five tracks from the two full LPs and combine the sixth track with another AGP installment. The torrent includes a PDF file with scans of the notes included with all three LPs. For more background on Erb, there is a nice biography on his publisher's website:
This installment comes to you thanks to an Erb enthusiast who graciously provided me with sealed copies (!) of the LPs from which the first five tracks were transcribed.
01 - Reconnaissance [17:17]
02 - In No Strange Land [17:04]
03 - Symphony of Overtures [16:03]
04 - The Seventh Trumpet [10:37]
05 - Concerto for Solo Percussionist [12:17]
06 - Three Pieces for Brass Quintet and Piano [7:45]
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.