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.
AGP1-47 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP48-50 are available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
AGP51 is the first of two devoted to the French composer Gilbert Amy. Like Bruno Maderna in Italy, Amy enjoyed a successful career as a conductor (among other things, succeeding Boulez as conductor of Domaine Musical), while also producing a moderate-sized catalog of quality compositions. Also like Maderna, Amy brought from his experience in conducting a fine ear for orchestral tone combinations. That aspect of Amy's work is especially celebrated in this installment, which includes three of his most notable compositions, all featuring the orchestra. Strophe (1964-1966) is for soprano voice and orchestra, Trajectoires (1966-1967) for violin and orchestra, and Chant (1967-1969) for orchestra alone.
The installment is transcribed from two LPs on the Erato and Disques Ades labels. It includes a text file containing liner notes from the two LPs. The liner notes from the latter release are in French, and are an unedited output of my OCR program.
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.