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.
AGP1-34 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP35-37 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.
AGP38 is the second of three installments devoted to electronic and electro-acoustic music from six different European countries. This one surveys productions of electronic music studios in France, Poland, Slovakia, and Italy, created between 1962 and 1969. All but the last track in this installment were transcribed from American LPs with low levels of pressing and surface noise. Malec's Dahovi is included even though it also appeared in AGP13, to permit comparison of this LP transcription with the other. The torrent includes a text file containing liner notes from the three LPs from which these works were transcribed.
Compositions by Pierre Schaeffer and Luc Ferrari on one of the three LPs were not included because they are currently available on CD. Objets liés is from Schaeffer's seminal Etude aux objets, which is included in a 3CD retrospective of Schaeffer's works that can be obtained from www.electrocd.com. Ferrari's Tête et queue du dragon is also available (in a CD of Ferrari's early electronic works) from www.electrocd.com. While I'm advertising that site, allow me to recommend a magnificent 5CD retrospective of GRM compositions that they carry for the absurdly low price of 50 CA$, including shipping.
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.
07 - Mache, Terre de feu, 2nd version [6:56]
08 - Philippot, Étude III [10:00]
09 - Bayle, L'oiseau-chanteur, 2nd version [4:06]
10 - Malec, Dahovi, 2nd version [7:14]
11 - Parmegiani, Danse [4:12]
12 - Mazurek, Bozzetti [5:02]
13 - Malovec, Orthogenesis [7:55]
14 - Rudnik, Dixi [4:45]
15 - Kayn, Cybernetics III [22:49]
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.