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.
AGP1-101 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP102-103 and other recent AGP installments are also available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
AGP104 is a real gem. Two tracks comprise the two LP sides of Mauricio Kagel\'s Der Schall (\"Sound\") for five players with 54 instruments. The instruments include foghorn, spaghetti tube with trumpet mouthpiece, 20 meters of garden hose with plastic funnel, antelope horn, sitar, banjo, plucked rubber bands, organ pipes blown by mouth, taishokoto, ocarina, bass balalaika, bass mouth-organ, brass tubes, Cagniard de la Tour siren, tortoise shells, nose-flute, bassdrum, telephone, brass tubes, and musical box--just to name a few. This work is in essence the prequel to the first two sides of Acustica (AGP2), having been recorded 15 months earlier in the same studio by the same five instrumentalists working with the same producer and engineer. While it features some more familiar instruments than Acustica does, the emphasis is just as much on sound combinations; and while the texture is somewhat more open, I find it every bit as stimulating.
The remaining track is by the French electroacoustic composer Luc Ferrari, but is like Der Schall in being a completely acoustic work exploring the same frontiers of timbre and structure that electroacoustic works often do. It is scored for piano, 3 percussionists, and 16 instruments. Both of these recordings were featured in the Deutsche Grammophon Avant Garde series in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They are wonderfully clear and detailed, and the LPs transcribed are both in excellent condition. The other side of the Ferrari LP, Presque Rien No. 1, is available on CD and so has not been included. The torrent includes a PDF file with liner notes of the two LPs.
01 - Luc Ferrari, Société II [27:21]
02 - Mauricio Kagel, Der Schall, side A [14:14]
03 - Mauricio Kagel, Der Schall, side B [22:58]
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.