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Hungarian Steam Locomotives, 24 bit (Avant Garde Project 145, FLAC)

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Name:Hungarian Steam Locomotives, 24 bit (Avant Garde Project 145, FLAC)

Total Size: 462.32 MB

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Last Updated: 2010-10-01 06:09:25 (Update Now)

Torrent added: 2009-08-27 09:55:15

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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.

AGP1-138 are now available for direct download in the archive at
AGP139-144 and other recent AGP installments are also available at


AGP145 is another in our occasional series of found avant-garde: sounds that are not organized in modern art works but that I have for years listened to in the same spirit as I listen to electracoustic music.

This one is a 24-bit transcription of an LP on Hungaroton records (SLPX 19213), featuring sublime recordings of Hungarian steam locomotives. These are by far the best recordings I have ever heard of steam locomotives, and includes the sounds of the steam engines themselves, together with the clanking and squealing of metal on metal, birds, dogs, insects, and other ambient sounds.

If you have doubts about this as legitimate avant-garde "composition", I refer you to Luciano Berio's definition of music as anything one listens to with the intention of listening to music, and to Luc Ferrari's classic electroacoustic work "Presque Rien No. 1", which is not categorically different in approach from these intriguing recordings.

The LP is an excellent pressing in excellent condition, with negligible surface noise or tracking distortion. The torrent includes a ZIP archive file with scans of the booklet that came with the LP, including images of all of the locomotives recorded, descriptions of their manufacturing history, and in some cases descriptions of the activities recorded.

01 - A01-A03 [9:24]
02 - A04 [8:23]
03 - A05 [4:20]
04 - B01-B05 [11:56]
05 - B06-B10 [10:19]

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.

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