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
AGP33-36 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.
AGP37 is the first of three installments devoted to electronic and electro-acoustic music from six different European countries. This one surveys productions of three different electronic music studios in Germany, created between 1951 and 1962. Included are seminal compositions applying a number of new approaches to electronic sound production. The torrent includes a text file containing booklet notes from the two LPs from which these works were transcribed. The notes in German are an unedited output of my OCR software.
Compositions by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Gottfried Michael Koenig on one of the two LPs were not included because they are currently available on CD. Gesang der Jünglinge (1955/56) by Stockhausen can be obtained from www.stockhausen.org. Klangfiguren II (1955/56) by Koenig is on an excellent 2CD collection of Koenig's works published in the Acousmatrix series by BVHAAST ("Music for Human Beings"). It can be obtained from their online store (http://www.xs4all.nl/~wbk/BV_cat_list.html), or from www.forcedexposure.com.
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 - Josef Anton Riedl, Musique concrète Studie Ib, Studie Ia (1951) [5:34]
02 - Hermann Heiss, Elektronische Komposition I (1956) [5:20]
03 - Herbert Eimert, Fünf Stücke (1955/56) [12:51]
04 - Herbert Eimert, Epitaph für Aikichi Kuboymana (1957-62) [23:18]
05 - Herbert Eimert, Sechs Studien (1962) [17:45]
06 - Mauricio Kagel, Transición I (1958) [13:08]
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.