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Irvine Arditti, Claude Helffer, Spectrum, Guy Protheroe - Iannis Xenakis: Palimpsest; Epei; Dikhthas; Akanthos (1990) [Re-Up]

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Irvine Arditti, Claude Helffer, Spectrum, Guy Protheroe - Iannis Xenakis: Palimpsest; Epei; Dikhthas; Akanthos (1990) [Re-Up]

Iannis Xenakis: Palimpsest; Épéi; Dikhthas; Akanthos (1990)
Irvine Arditti, violin; Claude Helffer, piano; Penelope Walmsley-Clark, soprano
Spectrum; Guy Protheroe, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 188 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 107 Mb | Scans included | 00:43:57
Contemporary Classical, Avant-Garde | Label: Wergo | # WER 6178-2, 286 178-2

Violinist Irvine Arditti, pianist Claude Helffer, and the Spectrum ensemble conducted by Guy Protheroe produce consummate performances of the Greek avant-gardist's unwieldy chamber music. If you're familiar with Xenakis's career you'll know he was trained in mathematics and enjoyed a successful career as an architect. Such background might prepare you for the music's preoccupation with line, volume, and form in an unusually abstract way, but it won't prepare you for its visceral, almost primitive power. On Akanthos, the singer Penelope Walmsley-Clark must cope with what is surely one of the most ridiculous soprano parts ever written.

Bang On A Can - Classics (2002)

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Bang On A Can - Classics (2002)

Bang On A Can - Classics (2002)
David Lang - Julia Wolfe - Annie Gosfield - Michael Gordon
Evan Ziporyn - Lois V Vierk - Nick Didkovsky

XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 326 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb | Scans included
Label: Cantaloupe Music | # CA21010 | Time: 01:11:39
Contemporary Classical, Avant-Garde, Experimental Rock

The Bang on a Can All-Stars emerged from the scruffy environs of downtown New York playing a new kind of music, with a new kind of energy, for a new kind of audience.

The END - Allt Är Intet (2020)

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The END - Allt Är Intet (2020)

The END - Allt Är Intet (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) ~ 260.45 Mb | 41:44 | Cover
Avant-Garde, RIO, Avant-Prog | Label: RareNoiseRecords

The English translation of Allt Är Intet is “All Is Nothingness” – an apt enough title for a band already possessed of the scorched earth sonic tendencies and nihilist-leaning name of The End. Yet there’s some ambiguity to that philosophy; the most bleak and despairing interpretation can be countered by a more all-embracing, one-with-the-universe meditativeness.

Zanzibar Snails - KRAKKATOWIAK (CD3) (2007) {Mayyrh} **[RE-UP]**

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Zanzibar Snails - KRAKKATOWIAK (CD3) (2007) {Mayyrh} **[RE-UP]**

Zanzibar Snails - KRAKKATOWIAK (CD3) (2007) {Mayyrh}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 91 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 50 mb
Genre: free jazz, experimental, avant-garde

KRAKKATOWIAK is the 2007 EP by Zanzibar Snails. Released on the Mayyrh label, this came out as a 3 inch CD, or what is also known as a CD3.

Michael Nyman - The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover: Soundtrack To The Film By Peter Greenaway (1989) [Re-Up]

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Michael Nyman - The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover: Soundtrack To The Film By Peter Greenaway (1989) [Re-Up]

Michael Nyman - The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
Soundtrack To The Film By Peter Greenaway

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 226 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb
Label: Venture | # DBEBN 55(4) | Time: 00:40:24 | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score, Avant-Garde, Minimalism

For this, his seventh soundtrack for director Peter Greenaway, Nyman deftly orchestrates a mix of strings, horns, and voices to produce another of his fetching and romantic minimalist backdrops. The opening "Memorial" is the highlight of the lot and drives along with stuttering saxophones, an insistent string arrangement, elegiac brass solos, and the soaring vocals of soprano Sarah Leonard (Leonard would be featured on a large part of the Prospero's Books soundtrack). The piece was originally inspired by a 1985 Belgian soccer match tragedy, in which 39 Italian fans were killed. Nyman utilized a death march in his earlier Greenaway collaboration, Drowning by Numbers, and revives the scheme to great effect here for what would become the main theme of The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover. Nyman contrasts the piece's climatic quality with two relatively sedate yet brooding numbers.

Polwechsel feat Fennesz - Wrapped Islands (2002) [Re-Up]

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Polwechsel feat Fennesz - Wrapped Islands (2002) [Re-Up]

Polwechsel feat Fennesz - Wrapped Islands (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Avant-Garde, Experimental, Free Improvisation | Label: Erstwhile | # erstwhile 023 | 00:53:05

The predominantly Viennese quartet Polwechsel have exhaustively explored the grey areas between composition and improvisation, electronic and acoustic, jazz and classical for much of the past decade. Austrian Christian Fennesz, while initially a guitarist, is primarily known for his abrasive yet melodic laptop explorations on labels such as Mego and Touch. Wrapped Islands documents the much-anticipated first meeting of these two driving forces of contemporary music.

Kraftwerk - Live On Radio Bremen, 1971 (2006) Unofficial CD Release [Re-Up]

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Kraftwerk - Live On Radio Bremen, 1971 (2006) Unofficial CD Release [Re-Up]

Kraftwerk - Live On Radio Bremen, 1971 (2006) [Unofficial CD Release]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 423 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 191 Mb | Scans included
Krautrock, Experimental Rock, Psychedelic, Avant-Garde | Label: Philips | # 2561971 | 01:09:43

The line-up on this newly released bootleg is said to consist of Florian Schneider, Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger, which tells us that this was probably recorded in that short period of time in 1971, estimated to 6 months, when Ralf Hütter had left the band. Supposedly, the recording was made at the Gondel Kino in Bremen, Germany on June 25, 1971. And it's an interesting recording.

The Plastic People Of The Universe - Magical Nights (2010)

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The Plastic People Of The Universe - Magical Nights (2010)

The Plastic People Of The Universe - Magical Nights (2010)
2CD | EAC Rip | WavPack (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 912 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 332 Mb
Full Scans ~ 302 Mb | 01:11:14 + 01:06:51 | RAR 5% Recovery
Alternative Rock / Psychedelic Rock / Avant-Garde / Jazz Rock / Experimental
Munster Records #MR CD 294

Have you ever wondered what the definition of underground music is? Look no further. The PLASTIC PEOPLE OF THE UNIVERSE /PPU/ were exactly that. While the western "underground" bands of the 60s and 70s might have looked a bit freaky, or were simply stoned enough to slightly shock the establishment, the PPU were jailed by the Czechoslovak communist regime solely because they dared to play their music for a bunch of long-haired fans. Nothing more, nothing less, but indirectly causing an immense political effect for the years to come. Due to all the hurdles, the PPU remained in the underground until 1988. Our collection brings together their best tracks from nearly two decades, presented in genuine fidelity underground quality.

Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians (1978) [Re-Up]

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Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians (1978) [Re-Up]

Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians (1978)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 290 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 140 Mb | Scans included
Avant-Garde, Minimalism | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1129, 422 821 417-2 | 00:56:31

If Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians is simply described in terms of its materials and organization – 11 chords followed by 11 pieces built on those chords – then it might seem utterly dry and monotonous. The actual music, though, is far from lackluster. When this recording was released in 1978, the impact on the new music scene was immediate and overwhelming. Anyone who saw potential in minimalism and had hoped for a major breakthrough piece found it here. The beauty of its pulsing added-note harmonies and the sustained power and precision of the performance were the music's salient features; and instead of the sterile, electronic sound usually associated with minimalism, the music's warm resonance was a welcome change. Yet repeated listening brought out a subtle and important shift in Reich's conception: the patterns were no longer static repetitions moving in and out of phase with each other, but were now flexible units that grew organically and changed incrementally over the course of the work.

Katrin Zenz - John Cage: Complete Works for Flute, Vol. 1 (2015)

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Katrin Zenz - John Cage: Complete Works for Flute, Vol. 1 (2015)

Katrin Zenz - John Cage: Ryoanji; Two; Three Pieces for Flute Duet; Music for Two (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 229 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Avant-Garde | Label: Naxos | # 8.559773 | Time: 01:02:50

This first volume of John Cage’s complete works for flute spans a fifty year period, from the Three Pieces for Flute Duet of 1935—deft studies in chromatic writing—to the 1984 Ryoanji, which involves the use of pre-recorded flutes and percussion with resultant diverse and intricate textures. Two is the first of Cage’s important ‘number’ series and is edgily ruminative, while Music for Two, written for any combination of the 17 different instrumental ‘parts without scores’ provided by the composer, is heard in an arrangement described by Katrin Zenz as a ‘new piece for flute and piano’.

Yoshi Wada - Lament For The Rise And Fall Of The Elephantine Crocodile (1982) {2007 Em} **[RE-UP]**

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Yoshi Wada - Lament For The Rise And Fall Of The Elephantine Crocodile (1982) {2007 Em} **[RE-UP]**

Yoshi Wada - Lament For The Rise And Fall Of The Elephantine Crocodile (1982) {2007 Em}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 338 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 151 mb
Genre: experimental, avant-garde, electronic

Lament For The Rise And Fall Of The Elephantine Crocodile is the 1982 album by Japanese artist Yoshi Wada. This was released in 2007 on Japanese label Em Records.

Steve Reich & Beryl Korot - Three Tales (2003) CD + DVD [Re-Up]

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Steve Reich & Beryl Korot - Three Tales (2003) CD + DVD [Re-Up]

Steve Reich & Beryl Korot - Three Tales (2003) CD + DVD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 292 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 136 Mb | 00:59:37 | Scans ~ 30 Mb
DVD9 | PAL | 4:3 (720x576) VBR | AC3 5.1 / 2.0 @ 448 kbps; DTS | ~ 5.3 Gb
Subs: English, French, Italian, German | Label: Nonesuch | # 7559-79835-2
Avant-Garde, Minimalism, Video Opera

Three Tales is a video-opera in three acts (titled Hindenburg, Bikini and Dolly) with music by American composer Steve Reich and visuals by Beryl Korot, his wife. It is scored for two sopranos, three tenors, string quartet, percussion, keyboards, and pre-recorded audio. Its premiere was at the Vienna Festival on May 12, 2002; the BBC had commissioned a version for television broadcast four months later. The 12-minute tale Hindenburg had been written (and recorded) in 1998, while the remaining tales were completed (and recorded) in the year of the premiere.

Food (Iain Ballamy, Arve Henriksen, Mats Eilertsen, Thomas Stronen) - Food (1999) [Re-Up]

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Food (Iain Ballamy, Arve Henriksen, Mats Eilertsen, Thomas Stronen) - Food (1999) [Re-Up]

Food (Iain Ballamy, Arve Henriksen, Mats Eilertsen, Thomas Strønen) - Food (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 260 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 123 Mb | Scans ~ 118 Mb
Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation, Avant-Garde | Label: Feral | # ASFA 101 | 00:51:23

There have been countless attempts to counteract the inherently boring nature of the CD as an artefact and the approach adopted by Feral shapes up better than some on the strength of this first release, which takes some excellent music by saxophonist Iain Ballamy (in the company of three young Norwegian musicians) and packages it with a set of intriguing print artworks by Dave McKean in an elegant library case. On the other hand, we may now be so accustomed to the blandness of the format that any attempt to escape it seems like a distraction. While debating this, it's important not to forget to play the disc, which is quite remarkable and a far cry from Ballamy's formative years in the sprawling bloke-jazz outfit Loose Tubes. Recorded live at the Molde Jazz Festival in 1998, it's astounding that this music seems to date from the very beginning of Ballamy's association with these musicians, given their obvious level of empathy.

Yves Prin, Karl-Anton Rickenbacher - Tristan Murail: Gondwana, Desintegrations, Time and Again (2003)

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Yves Prin, Karl-Anton Rickenbacher - Tristan Murail: Gondwana, Desintegrations, Time and Again (2003)

Tristan Murail: Gondwana, Désintégrations, Time and Again (2003)
Orchestre National De France; Ensemble De L'Itinéraire; Yves Prin, conductor
Orchestre Du Beethovenhalle De Bonn; Karl-Anton Rickenbacher, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 262 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 136 Mb | Scans ~ 53 Mb | 00:55:59
Classical, Contemporary, Avant-Garde, Spectral Music | Label: MO 782175 | # MO 782175

Known for his scientific explorations of timbre and his innovative syntheses of acoustic and electronic techniques, Tristan Murail is regarded as a composer of the "spectral school." He accepts untempered sound as the basis for his expansive musical language, far removed from tonality, serialism, and aleatoric procedures. Gondwana was developed from electronic music concepts, and its expanding and contracting bands of complex sounds are analogous to those generated through a synthesizer. Shimmering clusters, washes of color, and massed, low sonorities evoke the slow shifting of continents. The Orchestre National de France, directed by Yves Prin, delivers this work with primordial grandeur and astonishing depth. Because of its smaller forces, Désintégrations is more focused and intense than Gondwana, though no less cosmic in its implications. The Ensemble de l'Itinéraire blends effectively with the electronic tape, so it is difficult to distinguish acoustic from synthetic sounds. Time and Again is a departure from the familiar practice of slowly unfolding processes, for its chopped-up material is jumbled, as if sequential events were reordered in a time machine.

Markus Hinterhauser - Galina Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonatas (1998)

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Markus Hinterhauser - Galina Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonatas (1998)

Markus Hinterhäuser - Galina Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonatas (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 239 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 180 Mb | Scans included | 01:13:01
Classical, Modern, Avant-Garde, Contemporary | Label: col legno | # WWE 1CD 20019

They say that Galina Ustvolskaya led a very secluded life, that she was a loner. It is amazing, though, how distinct an image of her emerges from the almost meditative way in which she immersed herself in structures, dynamics and combinations of pitches. And not only that. You can hear the concentration on her work and the contrasts within the scope of an existence, some even say you can hear St. Petersburg. Markus Hinterhäuser plays Ustvolskaya’s sonatas as though it were the music of an intimate friend. The piano is vibrating, the music seems nearly torn apart with the tension. The pieces characterized by extreme dynamics, economy and cluster blocks are interpreted by Hinterhäuser with great intensity.