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.
AGP1-23 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP24-26 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.
AGP27 includes all of the instrumental music by Luciano Berio in my stacks that is not available on CD. The works included come from three RCA LPs from the 1970's. The earliest work was written in 1951 and the latest in 1973. Allelujah II and Chemins III are among Berio's works built on other works by successively adding more material, like the layers of an onion. The nucleus for Chemins III is the solo viola work Sequenza VI. In Chemins II, Berio superimposes music for an instrumental ensemble onto the solo viola part. And in Chemins III he further adds an orchestral accompaniment. Both Sequenza VI and Chemins II are available on CD, should you wish to hear the work with the additional layers stripped away. The torrent includes a text file containing liner notes from all three LPs.
CORRECTION: Track 09 in AGP 26 was mislabeled. As correctly stated in the notes, track 08 is the 1.8g transcription and track 09 is the 1.6g transcription. Sorry for the confustion.
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.
08 - Concertino [9:29]
09 - Nones [6:53]
10 - Allelujah II [16:31]
11 - Chemins III [14:19]
12 - Concerto for Two Pianos [24:32]
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.