The Avant Garde Project is a series of 20th-century classical, experimental, and 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.
AGP1-144 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP145 and other recent AGP installments are also available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
Where has the avant-garde tuba been all my life??? Zdzislaw Piernik, the musician featured in this installment and AGP147, makes that elephantine instrument dance in ways I would never have thought possible. The result is in places more like electronic than acoustic music. There is some amazing stuff in both of these installments, so do not miss them.
The LPs transcribed for AGP146 and AGP147 are among the rarest to be included in the AGP--in three decades of foraging for used LPs, I've never seen copies of either of them at any price. They have been provided through the generosity of Mark Ellison. The LPs are both in excellent condition, but the LP transcribed for this installment is on the Polish Muza label (SX 1806), whose LPs I have found sometimes to suffer from tracking distortion. Fortunately, that is largely confined to momentary bits in the more explosive attacks, particularly in tracks 01 and 03. The rest has transcribed quite nicely. Be sure to compare tracks 04 and 05 with AGP28.
The torrent includes a PDF file with scans of the notes on both LP covers, including a handsome photo of the artist himself.
01 - Krzysztof Penderecki, Capriccio per tuba/Scherzo alla Polacca [4:42]
02 - Marian Borkowski, Vox per uno strumento ad ottone [5:40]
03 - Andrzej Krzanowski, Sonata for solo tuba [14:03]
04 - Andrzej Dobrowolski, Music for solo tuba [12:01]
05 - Witold Szalonek, Piernikiana per tuba sola [11:59]
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 not currently available commercially. 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.