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.
AGP1-116 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP117-118 and other recent AGP installments are also available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
AGP119 features the music of Lejaren Hiller, who collaborated with John Cage on HPSCHD in the last installment. This installment includes a complete transcription of a Turnabout LP devoted to Hiller (TV-S 34536), and is filled out with the two Hiller tracks from an LP in the Avant Garde series on Deutsche Grammophon. The rest of that LP will be included in AGP120 next week.
The Turnabout LP is in very good condition but has the surface noise characteristic of most releases on that label. I was able to clean up most of it with some moderate de-clicking, but there is some truly atrocious pressing noise in the last several minutes of track 01 and in the last minute or two of track 03. You'll have to blame Turnabout for that. BTW, this LP appears to be seriously rare--$60 is being asked for the only copy I could find anywhere on the internet.
The other two tracks are two of four versions of a computer-generated composition. These tracks are better recorded and come from a better LP pressing. The torrent includes a PDF file with scans of the liner notes from both LPs.
01 - Twelve-Tone Variations for Piano, 1954 [31:08]
(1:34, 5:10, 6:31, 5:22, 11:56)
02 - Machine Music for Piano, Percussion, and Tape, 1964 [13:04]
03 - Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano, 1970 [15:39]
(3:32, 7:54, 3:56)
04 - Algorithms I, Version I [9:16]
05 - Algorithms I, Version IV [9:24]
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.