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.
AGP1-29 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP30-31 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.
AGP32 is the third of three dedicated to electronic and electroacoustic compositions by Ilhan Mimaroglu. I would have transcribed these some time ago, but I had assumed most or all of them were available on CD. Mimaroglu was one of the most creative composers working at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, starting in 1964. His purely electronic works sometimes feature the dry, nasally tonal palette typical of Columbia-Princeton compositions, while his works deriving from acoustic sound sources such as clarinet or rubber band tend to be richer and more appealing. But even when when the timbres are less beguiling than in some European electronic compositions of the period, Mimaroglu unfailingly has an excellent sense of rhythm and structure.
This third Mimaroglu installment covers the period from 1974-83. It is drawn from two LPs, both on American pressings with low to moderate levels of pressing noise. Tracks 30-36 repeat tracks from AGP30, in versions transcribed from a different LP. Each of the LPs has some level of pressing noise, and while I prefer the pressings transcribed in AGP30, I figured I'd provide both and let AGP partisans decide for themselves. Also, the versions in this installment supposedly are revised versions made for the 1976 LP release. I only noticed subtle differences, other than a somewhat different frequency balance, but I didn't compare them closely.
The torrent includes a text file containing the liner notes from three of the six LPs from which AGP30-32 were transcribed. The other three LPs had either no liner notes or notes that added nothing in particular to the liner notes in the text file.
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.
30 – Agony, 1964/1976 [9:21]
31 - Prelude for Magnetic Tape No 1, 1966-67/1976 [2:55]
32 - Prelude for Magnetic Tape No 2, 1966-67/1976 [2:27]
33 - Prelude for Magnetic Tape No 6, 1966-67/1976 [2:20]
34 - Prelude for Magnetic Tape No 9, 1966-67/1976 [2:19]
35 - Prelude for Magnetic Tape No 11, 1966-67/1976 [3:08]
36 - Prelude for Magnetic Tape No 12, 1966-67/1976 [2:35]
37 - Prelude for Magnetic Tape No 14, 1974-76 [3:48]
38 - Prelude for Magnetic Tape No 16, 1974-76 [2:09]
39 - The Offering, 1979 [8:42]
40 - Still Life, 1980 [10:05]
41 - Immolation Scene, 1983 [6:44]
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 would not want any artists to be deprived of the royalties that they so richly deserve.