The Avant Garde Project is an effort to make available some of my
favorite pieces of experimental music from the late 20th century.
The extremist intellectual climate of that time gave birth to some of
the wildest and most challenging sound combinations that human artistry
has ever conceived. The pieces selected for this project were released
on LP but have never been released on CD, and so they are effectively
inaccessible to the vast majority of music listeners today. Using an
analog rig and pre-amplification that is near state-of-the-art, I am
able to extract the sound from the grooves with almost none of the
surface noise and tracking distortion normally associated with LPs.
I am hoping you will find this material as fascinating and beautiful as
I do. My hard disk is small, and so I am seriously limited as to how
many torrents I can host at one time. If you find any value in your
downloads, I ask you please to seed them yourself for as long as
possible, so they will continue to be available to other people. Some
or all of the first five AGP torrents are still being seeded through
the generosity of other downloaders, so check them out if you haven't
already. A mininova.org search for "avant garde project" will direct
you to them.
The sixth AGP torrent contains Morton Subotnick's series "The Double
Life of Amphibians". This series includes four of the fourteen works
that Subotnick wrote for "ghost" electronics in the late 1970s and early
1980s. The "ghost" electronics make no sound on their own, but alter
the amplitude, frequency, and location of any sounds produced as the
electronic score is playing. In his works for this technology,
Subotnick explored the effects of these manipulations on a variety of
instrumental combinations, from single instruments to chamber ensembles.
The rather simple electronic manipulations in the "ghost" electronics
nevertheless produce an interesting range of timbres, depending on the
tone color of the instruments being manipulated.
While Subotnick is known chiefly as a composer for electronics, his
instrumental writing in these works is interesting and innovative even
in those passages where the electronic manipulation is minimal. "The
Double Life of Amphibians" is in three parts, the first part consisting
of two compositions. A description of the structure of the series is
included in a text file with the torrent.
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 - Axolotl (cello and "ghost" electronics) [17:19]
02 - Ascent Into Air (ten instruments and "ghost" electronics) [24:04]
03 - The Last Dream of the Beast (soprano, two celli, electronics, and "ghost" electronics) [14:46]
04 - A Fluttering of Wings (string quartet and "ghost" electronics) [19:13]
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 to deprive any artists of their much-deserved royalties (however