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.
AGP1-84 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP85 and other recent AGP installments are also available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
The AGP starts a new year with the first of a set of installments transcribed from CDs, and provided through the generosity of an AGP partisan in Germany. This week's selection was programmed by our content benefactor himself, and features the work of the Swiss composer Heinz Holliger. I have a few works by Holliger in my stacks (all currently available on CD), but had never heard these works before listening to them in preparing this installment. I haven't probed them deeply, but to my untutored ear they have an Italianate sound (think Maderna and Berio), with interesting deployment of tonal combinations.
The torrent includes scans of the CD booklet notes relating to the works featured (again, thanks to our content benefactor). The JPGs are oriented for optimal printing in portrait format, but could be rotated in one's image viewing software for better reading on-screen.
01 - Gluehende Raetsel, 1964 [14:22]
02 - Siebengesang, 1966-67 [21:12]
03 - Come and go 01, 1977 [11:58]
04 - Come and go 02, 1977 [9:02]
05 - Come and go 03, 1977 [7:56]
06 - Quintet, 1989 [14:04]
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.