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.
AGP1-50 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP51-52 are available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
AGP53 is the first of three dedicated to the Italian composer Sylvano Bussotti. Born in 1931, he is one of the major Italian composers of his generation and while many of his works were recorded and released on LPs, few have found their way onto CD. AGP53-55 include a number of Bussotti's major works, only two of which appear to have been released on CD and none of which is currently available. This is surprising because Bussotti's works were of consistently high quality. They often remind me of Ligeti's works of the 1970's in making effective use of classical harmonies and tonally meaningful chromaticism in the context of the advanced compositional tools of his generation.
The first Bussotti installment consists of works for orchestra. Bussotti's orchestral tone palette is a real treat, mixing dense string textures with glittering percussion, producing an effect that has been described as delicate and pointillistic. Bergkristall (1973) is a ballet in seven parts for large orchestra. Lorenzaccio-Symphony (1973) consists of excerpts from the 3rd and 4th acts of a stage drama of the same name. La Bal Miro' (1981), first suite -- Antologie per Orchestra is a pantomime ballet. AGP53 is filled out with O Atti Vocali, an excerpt from La Passion Selon Sade (1979), sung by Cathy Berberian with Bruno Canino on piano.
All tracks but one in AGP53-55 were transcribed from European pressings in excellent condition and almost no tracking distortion. Le Bal Miro' is from a 1986 live recording. The torrent includes a text file with liner notes from two of the three LPs from which these recordings were transcribed, as well as images of the front cover of one LP (Bussotti is the guy on the left) and the Argument and Programme Note in Italian in Bussotti's own hand.
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 - Bergkristall, I-VI [23:43]
02 - Bergkristall, VII [6:07]
03 - Lorenzaccio Symphony [12:51]
04 - La Bal Miro' [27:24]
05 - O Atti Vocali [8:55]
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.