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.
AGP1-122 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP123 and other recent AGP installments are also available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
AGP NEWS: Another generous AGP partisan has volunteered to serve as a mirror site for the project, so all AGP installments are now available through the home site and at least one mirror site. This should speed up downloads considerably.
AGP124 continues our series of electronic compositions from the USA with works by two composers: Bulent Arel and Mel Powell. Arel was born and raised in Turkey before coming to the US to work at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. Mel Powell was Director of the Electronic Music Studio at Yale University. The works by Arel were gathered from various LPs, including one work from the Columbia LP featured in last week's installment. Arel's tonal palette is (by design, I think) rather limited, but he achieves some interesting rhythmic effects in his electronic works. The first piece by Powell in this installment was a favorite of mine in high school--showing me how much more bizarre electronic music could be than the psychedelic music that I listened to much of the time. The second and fourth pieces by Powell are acoustic works.
The LPs transcribed for this installment are all in reasonably good condition, but the combination of pressing noise characteristic of so many American releases and the hiss characteristic of much early electronic music does increase the ambient noise level in many tracks. The torrent includes a PDF file with scans of the liner notes from all of the LPs in this installment as well as AGP123.
23 – Arel, Electronic Music No. 1 [8:43]
24 – Arel, Stereo Electronic Music No. 1 [10:33]
25 – Arel, Mimiana I Flux [10:45]
26 – Arel, Mimiana II [13:10]
27 – Arel, Mimiana III [12:33]
28 – Powell, Events [6:51]
29 – Powell, Improvisation [6:08]
30 – Powell, Second Electronic Setting [4:45]
31 – Powell, Two Prayer Settings [5:16]
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.
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.