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.
AGP1-79 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP80-83 and other recent AGP installments are also available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
AGP84 presents a collection of works by Italian composers, culled from five different LPs (Italia ITL 70036, Italia ITL 70072, Wergo WER 60053, Mainstream MS/5008, Mainstream MS/5014). The works are for a variety of ensembles, featuring harp, flute, and oboe, among other instruments. The torrent includes a PDF file with liner notes from three of the five LPs. The Mainstream LPs had only cursory notes on the composers and works included, so I didn't bother to scan them.
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.