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.
Most AGP torrents are still available through the generosity of other downloaders (and if you like what you hear, please seed them yourself for as long as you can). A mininova search for "avant garde project" will turn them up. 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.
AGP 13 is the first of two from the rare and legendary Electronic Panorama 4-LP boxed set in the Philips Prospective 21st Siecle series, published in 1970. Copies of the set sell for hundreds of dollars on ebay. Each LP features music from an electronic studio in a different country. The first two LPs comprise this torrent, offering a selection of music from the Groupe de Recherches Musicales de L'O.R.T.F., and the Studio Voor Elektronische Muziek Utrecht. Two tracks from the first LP and one from the second have been cut because they are currently available on CD (from www.electrocd.com and in the Acousmatrix series from Bvhaast). What remains just fits on one CD. The included text file contains the notes from the boxed set, including a biographical sketch of each composer and a brief description of each work. Information on the excluded tracks is given in square brackets.
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 - Ivo Malec, Spot [1:36]
02 - Guy Reibel, 2 Variations en Etoile [6:27]
03 - Bernard Parmegiani, Ponomatopees [6:18]
04 - Bernard Parmegiani, Generique [2:23]
05 - Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, Bidule en Ut [2:11]
06 - Ivo Malec, Dahovi II [7:23]
07 - Francois Bayle, Solitioude [7:05]
08 - Jaap Vink, Screen [7:39]
09 - Milan Stibilj, Rainbow [7:07]
10 - Frits Weiland, Textuur [7:00]
11 - Jacob Cats, Lux [6:51]
12 - Alireza Maschayeki, Shur [6:33]
13 - Luctor Ponse, Radiophonie [5:18]
14 - Jos Kunst, Expulsion [4:09]
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 small).