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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
next on air Sunday, 18 February 2018 - 10:00pm to 12:00am

The Sound Barrier is all about showcasing and celebrating new music. Music of the avant-garde. Art music. Music that breaks barriers. Music that makes you question and explore.

The Sound Barrier pays tribute to what's happening now, locally, in Melbourne and nearby as well as to the great innovators of the avant-garde from both the 20th and 21st centuries. The big known world names, like Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Pierre Boulez, Edgard Varèse, Pauline Oliveros, Morton Feldman, are all part of the staple diet of The Sound Barrier, along with the huge stack of equally big named composers from our own shores, such as Anthony Pateras, Liza Lim, Felix Werder, Larry Sitsky.

The avant-garde's new and the established are presented each week on The Sound Barrier, with music and interviews.

The first half of most shows will focus on interviews and music from people currently active in the new music scene, especially locally to Melbourne, or nearby. The second half will bring major and important works, especially long-form works that rarely get played on radio, that have helped shape, and continue to shape, the story of 20th and 21st century music.

A show that breaks all the barriers and opens up a whole universe of musical possibilities and ideas, I am proud to be able to bring The Sound Barrier into Melbourne’s home of little heard music.

pbs.sound.barrier@gmail.com

Coming Up

What tune is that? Sun 18 Feb 2018 What makes a tune tuneful? That's the question I will be exploring on this weekend's edition of The Sound Barrier, with music that on and beyond the edge of what we call tonality. Why do we hear some music as 'tuneful...

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The shifts of current and the turns of the wheel. 5 days 18 hours ago Even in music that seeks to be at the vanguard of experimentation it can be surprisingly easy to fall into established, familiar, comfortable...

Recent episodes

Sunday 18 February 2018

What tune is that? Program Promo

Sunday 11 February 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 11 February 2018 Program Audio Story
The current and the wheel Playlist
Going with the current - with guests Clinton Green and Michael McNab! Program Promo

Sunday 4 February 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 4 February 2018 Program Audio Story
Earth, stars and octaves Playlist
Ossicle Duo - new music live on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 28 January 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 28 January 2018 Program Audio Story
Riley's In C and Stockhausen's STIMMUNG: iconic 60s on The Sound Barrier! Playlist
Back to the future, onto the past: two iconic works from the 1960s on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 21 January 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 21 January 2018 Program Audio Story
Homophonic! - Miranda Hill and Ian queering The Sound Barrier Playlist
Homophonic! turns 7, and Miranda Hill celebrates on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 14 January 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 14 January 2018 Program Audio Story
The sounds you didn't know were there Playlist
New experimental sounds from near and far Program Promo

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