In this first issue of 2010, I’ve brought together more reviews of diverse material. While some organizations prefer to include only recordings of its membership in reviews, my approach is to bring a variety of material to the attention of our readers. In this spirit, I bring to you a CD by the Japanese composer Miyuki Ito, not very well known in this country. Also for review in this issue is a review of a recent 3-DVD set of releases by the McLean Mix.
The other review is of a web site whose contents may alarm some at first glance. The Avant Garde Project is a site that is dedicated to re-distributing out-of-print recordings. Most of the recordings are from the mid-century LP era, and most fall under the general category of Modernist “Classical” Avant Garde, although some recordings of improvised music (Derek Bailey, for instance). There are some recent recordings as well. It should be known that the proprietor of the site has declared that only out-of-print materials will appear on the site. If a recording has been re-issued unbeknownst to him, it will be removed. Indeed, if you look through the offerings, you will find several instances where particular tracks have been removed from circulation. The music is available in FLAC format as well as MP3. I’m hoping to make Jay Batzner’s review a regular part of the SEAMUS Newsletter – considering there are 150+ recordings, I’d say we have a lot of material from which to work!
You can read about it here.