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Electronic Panorama II (Avant Garde Project 14, 20th century electroacoustic) torrent
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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.
Most AGP torrents are still available through the generosity of other downloaders (and if you like what you hear, please seed them yourself for as long as you can). A mininova search for "avant garde project" will turn them up. Ignore the seeders/leechers statistics, as they often show no seeders when in fact there are some. For the time being, a new AGP torrent is being seeded around midnight each Friday night (GMT), and is advertised on the I Hate Music Forum.
AGP 14 is the second of two from the rare and legendary Electronic Panorama 4-LP boxed set in the Philips Prospective 21st Siecle series, published in 1970. Copies of the set sell for hundreds of dollars on ebay. Each LP features music from en electronic studio in a different country. The second two LPs comprise this torrent, offering a selection of music from the Studio of Radio NHK in Tokyo and the Studio Eksperymentalne Polskie Radio. One track from the second LP has been cut because it is currently available on CD (in a collection of Arne Nordheim's electronic works published by Rune Grammofon in Norway and available from cduniverse and presumably other places). What remains just barely doesn't fit on one CD. I recommend burning everything but the Penderecki track, which is short and in my opinion not that interesting (much as I love the other work of this composer). If you can wait two weeks, it can be burned along with the electroacoustic works of AGP 16, where there's room for it. The included text file contains the notes from the boxed set, including a biographical sketch of each composer and a brief description of each work. Information on the excluded track is given in square brackets.
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 - Toshiro Mayuzumi, Mandara [10:22]
02 - Maki Ishii, Kyoo [13:19]
03 - Minao Shibata, Improvisation [9:34]
04 - Makoto Moroi, Shosanke [13:20]
05 - Krzysztof Penderecki, Psalmus [5:09]
06 - Andrzej Dobrowolski, Music for magnetic tape and oboe solo [9:05]
07 - Wlodzimierz Kotonski, Microstructures [5:24]
08 - Boguslaw Schaffer, Symphony [17:25]
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 to deprive any artists of their much-deserved royalties (however small).