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.
AGP1-95 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP96-97 and other recent AGP installments are also available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
AGP98 is a collective work entitled Ensemble, planned by Karlheinz Stockhausen and elaborated by 24 members of the kompositionsstudio grouped in 12 duos, each comprising an instrumentalist and a composer. The composers process the sounds recorded by the instrumentalists, combining them with electronic tape material. That, anyway, is what I can glean from a very sketchy reading of the German liner notes. If an AGP partisan would care to translate them to English and post the translation as a comment to the torrent, I would include it in the notes when the installment is uploaded eventually the the AGP website. Among the composers are AGP alumni Robert Wittinger, Nicolaus Huber, and Johannes Fritsch.
The LP from which these tracks were transcribed (Wergo 60065) is in excellent condition, with negligible pressing noise or tracking distortion. Tracks 01 and 02 are transcriptions of the two sides of the LP, even though I think there are several seconds of overlap between the fade-out on side A and the beginning of side B. It is worth noting that this recording has not been released as part of the Stockhausen Complete Edition (available at www.stockhausen.org), presumably because it is a collective work merely planned by Stockhausen. The torrent includes a PDF file with scans of part of the front of the LP cover, and all of the notes on the back of the LP cover.
01 - Ensemble, Side A [30:19]
02 - Ensemble, Side B [31:28]
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.