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.
AGP1-41 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP42-44 are available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
AGP45 is the second installment of transcriptions of mechanical musical instruments. If you're wondering why these are included in the Avant Garde Project, see the description of AGP44. This installment features instruments in the collection of the Musee de L'Auberson (Musee Baud) in L'Auberson, Switzerland, as well as Side 2 of the LP recorded at the National Museum from Musical Clock to Street Organ in Utrecht that filled out AGP44. The recordings are rich and detailed, and the LPs are top notch European pressings with practically no pressing or surface noise. The torrent includes images of many of the instruments as well as liner notes from the two LPs from which these recordings 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.
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.