24 sept. 2011, 0h13m

Around 1968, label Deutsche Grammophon stepped aside from the releasing only mainstream classical recordings and made straight-out AVANT-GARDE series.
Monumental selection of 50's / 60's Experimental, Electro-Acoustic, Abstarct, Polystylism, Drone, Early Electronic, Free Improvisation, Jazz-influenced, Field Recordings, Minimalism, etc.

In sets can be found works of giants like Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Ligeti, John Cage, Luciano Berio, Mauricio Kagel ,Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza; less known Luc Ferrari, Krzysztof Penderecki, Witold Lutosławski, Lukas Foss, Toshiro Mayuzumi, Luigi Nono, Earle Brown; obscure masters Gottfried Michael Koenig, Lejaren Hiller, Dieter Schnebel, Rainer Riehn, Roland Kayn, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Franco Evangelisti, Sylvano Bussotti; and completely forgotten Elliott Schwartz, Zoltán Pongrácz, Wolf Rosenberg, Cornelius Cardew & The Scratch Orchestra, Juan Allende-Blin, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Heinz Holliger, David Bedford, Arne Mellnäs, Marek Kopelent, Nicolaus A. Huber, Leo Küpper.

Vol.1, Vol.2, Vol.3, Vol.4. All had been released as 6x vinyl box-sets (some of the included albums also exist as separate records). Boxes have a different colored backgrounds, big AVANT-GARDE logo (still fresh!) in the middle, with 30° rotation, label and smaller series logo in the upper right corner. Album covers have almost the same visual style, except the colour transitions on background with liner notes on the left edge (for Vol.4 was made a new 'circle' design with texts in the middle). Backcovers always have info in German and English.

I have no information about people behind the series and why it was over so quick (1971-72, I suppose). If you know something more about subject matter or if you find some mistakes in my text, please feel free to let me know!
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