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.
AGP1-55 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP56 and other recent AGP installments are available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
AGP57 is a transcription of the classic LP "The World of Harry Partch". The three compositions on this LP are available on CD in other recordings, but these are the recordings that introduced a generation of music lovers to the strange sounds of Harry Partch's instruments and compositions. Normally, I steer clear of compositions that are currently available on CD in other recordings, but a transcription of this long out-of-print LP was specially requested, so here it is. My copy is in excellent condition with only the hiss of the analog recording and very light pressing noise typical of an American pressing. The transcription preserves the spacious sound of the original recording.
The torrent includes a PDF with a scan of the front cover photo and the liner notes on the back. The Adobe Acrobat OCR software was used to analyze the text. Many other recordings of Harry's Partch's inimitable music are available on CD and DVD, in part thanks to the effort of the Harry Partch Foundation. Be sure to check out the Enclosure series distributed by Innova Recordings.
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 - Daphne of the Dunes [17:37]
02 - Barstow [9:24]
03 - Castor & Pollux [16:22]
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.