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.
AGP1-36 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP37-39 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.
NOTE: The AGP website is back up and apparently working again (without freezing during downloads).
The AGP begins the new year with two installments of out-of-print works by Mauricio Kagel. The first two tracks in AGP40 are absurdist works for voices and instruments. The third track approaches the sound of Acustica (AGP2), by means of innovative performance techniques applied to Renaissance instruments. This track is a real treat for timbrephiles. The fourth is a work for organ and concrete sounds. AGP41 will continue next week with works from 1968-82.
All tracks were transcribed from German pressings in excellent condition. The torrent includes a text file containing the liner and booklet notes from the four LPs from which these works were transcribed.
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.
01 - Anagrama, 1957/58 [18:16]
02 - Sur Scene, 1959/60 [15:49]
03 - Musik fur Renaissance-Instrumente, 1965/66 [26:00]
04 - Phantasie fur Orgel mit Obbligati, 1967 [14:02]
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.