TheAvant Garde Project is an effort to make available some of my favorite pieces of experimental music fromthe late 20th century. The extremist intellectual climate of that time gavebirth to some of the wildest and most challenging sound combinations yetproduced by human artistry. The pieces selected for this project were releasedon LP but have never been released on CD, and so they are effectivelyinaccessible to the vast majority of music listeners today. Using an analog rigand pre-amplification that is near state-of-the-art, I am able to extract thesound from the grooves with almost none of the surface noise and trackingdistortion normally associated with LPs. I amhoping you will find this material as fascinating and beautiful as I do. My harddisk is absurdly small, and so I am seriously limited as to how many torrents Ican host at one time. If you find any value in your downloads, I ask you pleaseto seed them yourself for as long as possible, so they will continue to beavailable to other people. The first two AGP torrents (featuring the music ofJosef Anton Riedl and Mauricio Kagel) are still being seeded through thegenerosity of other downloaders, so check them out if you haven't already. ========================== Aftertwo hardcore electroacoustic torrents, the third AGP torrent offers somethingmore melodious. The composer of all four tracks, Robert Erickson, was born in1917 and was a founding member of the Music Department at University ofCalifornia San Diego, starting in 1966. He wrote a number of books, includingSound Structures in Music (1975). NightMusic is the standout piece in this set, and is one of the most beautifulpieces of music I’ve ever heard. It is based around the agile, sinuous trumpetplaying of David Burkhart, supported by flute, clarinets, trombone, cello,bass, and percussion. If the first two AGP torrents have been too chaotic foryour taste, check out this lovely meditative fantasy. It starts off quitesoftly for the first few minutes--no adjustment to your equipment is necessary. Theother three tracks fill out the remaining Erickson pieces I was able to find inmy stacks (minus Pacific Sirens, which is currently in print). The Idea ofOrder at Key West features the soprano Carol Plantamura singing WallaceStevens’ poem, backed by flute, clarinet, Burkhart’s trumpet, viola, and cello.It includes some nice harmonies and ensemble scoring. General Speech is aninteresting novelty piece in which Stuart Dempster plays trombone while forminghis mouth around the words of General Eisenhower’s retirement speech at WestPoint. The timbres that result are intriguing, and one can even somewhat followwhat is being said. End of the Mime is a choral piece to a text from Finnegan’sWake. Thesetracks were drawn from CRI releases SD 325 and SD 494, and New Order Records NW254. The text file has liner notes from all three LPs, including biographicalmaterial on Robert Erickson and the lead musicians as well as commentary on thepieces. Equipmentused for A/D conversion: Lyra Helikon phono cartridge, Linn LP12/Lingoturntable, Linn Ittok tonearm, AudioQuest LeoPard tonearm cable, PS Audio PS2preamplifier, Kimber PBJ interconnect, M-Audio Audiophile USB A/D converter. 01 -Night Music [18:01]02 -The Idea of Order at Key West [10:54]03 -General Speech [4:59]04 -End of the Mime [12:00] NOTE:To the best of my knowledge, these recordings are currently out of print. Ifyou know otherwise, please let me know ASAP, as I do not wish to deprive any artistsof their much-deserved royalties (however paltry).