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Scaruffi's Brief History of Classical Music

My new project is to collect all of the compositions that Piero Scaruffi lists on his Brief History of Classical Music. You'll find many, many works here (from Hildegarde of Bigen to today), including many that are OOP, and perhaps you'll be able to contribute!

Noah Howard - The Black Ark

Not classical, I know, but I doubt anyone here will complain. Here is Noah Howard's utterly awesome The Black Ark from 1969, out of print. My jazz album discovery of the month.

The Black Ark

Piero Scaruffi's Rock Album Recording Date Project

In August 2006, music historian and critic Piero Scaruffi wrote the following to his website:
I would like to date all rock albums with their recording date, not with their release date... The older I get, the more fed up I am that we are so influenced by what the bureaucrats of record labels did: a work of art should be dated with the date when the artist finished it, not the date when someone else started selling it!
Scaruffi's online music database covers thousands of musicians. You can help with his epic project to gather recording dates (month and year) for each album in his database by checking the liner notes for each album you own that he has written about, and submitting them to Scaruffi via email in the following format:

Artist: Title (month year)

Thank you for contributing to recorded history!

Carl Orff - Orff-Schulwerk Volume 1

Haven't been able to track down the other volumes yet, but here's Vol. 1:

Orff-Schulwerk Volume 1

Various - Unknown Public 8: Sensuality, Essence & Nonsense

A collection of avant-garde tracks from Unknown Public in 1996. Now unavailable.

Sensuality, Essence & Nonsense


Sorry for the death of posts! My time has been consumed elsewhere, including with this project (under my alter-ego lukeprog).

Does anyone have any Unknown Public releases? Those all seem to be out of print.

Wire's 100 Records That Set the World On Fire

Here are downloads for albums on Wire's infamous "100 Records That Set the World on Fire, While No One Was Listening" list. (Several are avantgarde and out of print.)

Ake Hodell - Purgatory / Electric Buddha

This extremely rare 1972 disc from multiple-discipline artist Ake Hodell contains four of his Luc Ferrari-esque electro-acoustic compositions. Enjoy.

Purgatory / Electric Buddha

Michael Levinas - Les Rires Du Gilles, etc.

This 1989 Michael Levinas album contains several of his compositions. Each of the pieces is a terrifying nightmare. Many thanks to Jordan for sending me this. Liner notes included.

Les Rires Du Gilles, etc.

Dream Syndicate - 2 IV 64, Day Of The Holy Mountain

Many thanks to Misha for sending me this. He wrote that this is an "extremely rare 1964 bootleg/recording of The Dream Syndicate, which I presume to go by the name of "2 IV 64 Day Of The Holy Mountain". It features the rare sounds of La Monte's Sopranino, which I heard on your blog only in the song B Flat Dorian Blues 19 X 63, 5th Day Of The Hammer."

I uploaded it to SendSpace because it was too big for Rapidshare.

Day of the Holy Mountain


skafunkrastapunk is a great forum for finding rare recordings of classical, jazz, and other music. You can find hundreds of recording indexed in the sticky posts of the Classical, Jazz World forum, alone. I'm sure that any of you who like what's been posted on Classical Connection will love what you see at skafunkrastapunk. See you there!

(I will continue to update Classical Connection when I have more OOP albums to post.)

Guillermo Gregorio - Ellipsis

Many thanks to Reimer for sending me Guillermo Gregorio's other fantastic mid-90s avant-garde/jazz album, Ellipsis!

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My Requests

Dinu Lipatti - Works, Vol. 1
Arnold Van Wyk - Primavera / Symphony No. 1 / Symphony No. 2
Josip Stolcer-Slavenski - Sinfonija Orijenta (1934)
Mordechai Seter - Jerusalem (1968)
Primoz Ramovs - Symphony No. 4 (1968)
Hugues Dufourt - Erewhon (1977) - thanks, arcaf!
Michael Levinas - Les rires du gilles - thanks, Jordan!
Natasa Danilovic - Horror Vacui
Guillermo Gregorio - Approximately - thanks, Eugene!
Guillermo Gregorio - Ellipsis - thanks, Reimer!
Diedre Murray - Running Man
D.D. Jackson - Québécité

To my knowledge, all these are out of print, or may never have been released.

Guillermo Gregorio - Approximately

Blogger's image upload tool stopped working a few days ago, and I want to post this before I leave for a week in the BW. Guillermo Gregorio's Approximately introduced his cross between classical avantgarde and avant-jazz. I think it might be my favorite of all the albums I've posted on Classical Connection so far. HUGE thanks to Eugene for sending me this. Enjoy!


Toru Takemitsu - Flute Music

Classical Connection reader OZtransgressions sent me a ton of Takemitsu. Unfortunately, of those he sent, only Flute Music appears to be out of print. Ripped at 320kbps.

Flute Music (part 1)
Flute Music (part 2)

Diamanda Galas - The Litanies of Satan

Avantgarde vocalist Diamanda Galas' out-of-print debut features some of her best and most terrifying work.

The Litanies of Satan


I'm running out of time and OOP classical works, so my posting pace will slow.

I'm always aching for contributions and requests.

Just so ya'll stick around, I'll let you know that I'm preparing a big-ass OOP Takemitsu post. Stay tuned.

Theatre of Eternal Music - various tracks

The Theatre of Eternal Music, aka The Dream Syndicate, was a mid-60s drone music ensemble featuring La Monte Young, John Cale, Angus MacLise, Marian Zazeela, Tony Conrad, Jon Hassell, David Rosenbloom, Terry Riley, Jon Gibson, and Lee Konitz. Much of their music is now available in compilations like this disc, but some of their music never survived past the original, super-limited LP releases. I can't find reliable information about the original LPs, or any track listings, but here I've collected 6 tracks from those super-rare LPs.

For more information, see this lengthy interview with Young and Zazeela.

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Part 2