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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 www.avantgardeproject.org
Recent AGP installments are also available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
AGP139 is the project's first 24-bit LP transcription, featuring Grande Polyphonie by Francois Bayle. A 16-bit CD transcription of this work appeared in AGP125, but I figured I'd try transcribing my LP copy to 24-bit, 44.1kHz WAV files to see if there was any difference in resolution of the complex sounds of this work. I haven't tried blind A/B comparisons, but it does seem to me that the 24-bit version has more of a sense of the real presence of the acoustic sounds, with very little LP distortion.
I don't know how apparent the difference will be on mid-fi equipment, and you will of course need a D/A converter that is capable of 24-bit quantization, or you will merely be hearing a 16-bit scale-down. But I offer these files for what they are worth, in the interest of having the best possible version of this excellent work available.
The torrent includes a PDF file with scans of the inner cover of the LP, with notes in French.
01 - Grande Polyphonie, side A [18:20]
02 - Grande Polyphonie, side B [17:57]
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.