November 21st, 2006
Fans of 20th century avant garde/experimental classical music should check out Avant Garde Project. AGP is an archive of relevant albums that have fallen out of print and/or have never been issued on CD. The folks behind the project use high-end equipment to rip vinyl records and convert the music to downloadable files. These files are in the FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) format which means that, while much larger than MP3s, no sonic fidelity is lost, unlike their cousins.
Artists include John Cage, Josef Anton Riedl, Jean-Claude Eloy, and many others. Album liner notes are reproduced as well. This endeavor is probably not particularly legal but, then again, what are the odds of the copyright holders of Toru Takemitsu’s work coming down on them?