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The Sound Barrier: Sunday, 16 July 2017

Artist | Track/Song Name | Album Title | Label/Distributor | Comments

Except for the two pieces by Karlheinz Stockhausen at the beginning and end of tonight's show, all of the music is from the SONIC LITTLE CAT project of Urban Arts Berlin. The music is available there both to listen to, and to purchase at your own price. The playlist lists the artist/composer for each of these pieces, together with its title and duration. For the Stockhausen pieces, the playlist lists, after Stockhausen's name as composer, the title of the piece, and the opera it is from, the artists performing it, and the duration. These recordings, along with the complete Stockhausen catalogue, are available exclusively from the Stockhausen Foundation's online CD store.

Karlheinz Stockhausen | KINDER-ORCHESTER | FREITAG aus LICHT | Angela Tunstall (soprano); Suzanne Stephens (basset-horn); Kathinka Pasveer (flute); Massimiliano Viel (synthesiser); Children's orchestra of the Johann Sebastian Bach Music School Leipzig (rehearsed by Andreas Korn; Karlheinz Stockhausen (recording supervision) | 5:53

Mark Estall | It's a Number's Game | 4:37
David Hahn | Ooka Fookoo | 4:50

David Jason Snow | Yo Gaba Gaba | 8:00
Edward Sanders | Noi's Farm (excerpt) | 7:37
Elizabeth Chavez | Unstillness of the Night | 3:12

Eric Wong | Shepard Train of the Do--Re-Mi | 3:22
Paul Cowell | Nebula IC 434 | 4:49
Nadav Amir-Himmel | Courante | 3:05
Verónica Mota | Dakota Letter to Fernando Blake | 4:43

HiHi | Ecoute bien la musique | 3:05
Urinatorium & Kika | Korona tany bucki | 6:14
Bern Schumann | Fingerübung IV | 0:54

Kate Donovan | In a Kloster Garden | 6:30
Polipiet | Lullaby | 3:46
Luke Cissell | The Farther we Fall | 2:41

Karlheinz Stockhausen | DER KINDERFÄNGER | MONTAG aus LICHT | Kathinka Pasveer (alto flute and piccolo); Suzanne Stephens (basset-horn); Massimiliano Viel (synthesiser); Children's choir of Radio Budapest; Michael Obst, Simon Stockhausen, Michael Svoboda (Electronic instruments); Andreas Boettger (percussion); Karlheinz Stockhausen (sound projection) | 17:44

As usual, you can check out the blog if you would like to read more about the music, and ideas, behind tonight's show!

A Sonic Little Cat teaches children what music can really be

We know that people's minds and imaginations are shaped most significantly during childhood, but often those opportunities, especially when it comes to creativity through the arts, is limited very much to what the mainstream has to offer. The mainstream of children's music might be fun, and kids might have a hoot of a time with it, but often the things we expose them to is very much limited by our own perception, and preconceptions, of what children will enjoy. And those views are based not on the science of childhood development, but on what the commercial children's music industry has told us kids will like.

The SONIC LITTLE CAT project of Urban Arts Berlin has been making some exciting steps towards changing all of that. It is a series of pieces, assembled from around the world, where composers of new music responded to the challenge to create a piece of music, just a few minutes long, for small children.

Fifteen pieces resulted, and they all provide very different ways of engaging young children and stimulating their interest in exploring new musical possibilities.

The music showcases the huge diversity of world talent in exploring the new in ways that are accessible to young people – combining fun and adventure in ways that will ignite creativity and curiosity, without dumbing anything down. After all, the idea that tunes have to be simple, with predictable tonality and uncomplicated rhythm, is not part of the brain's hardwiring, but are rather injected into it by a commercial music industry that wants people to believe that they need its product. But kids are so much more creative than we often allow them to be.

The music of Sonic Little Cat is rich and wonderful, no matter what your age is, and I will be playing it for you this Sunday night on The Sound Barrier.

And framing the show will be some Stockhausen surprises too – as Eve the Mother of the World finds some pretty astonishing ways ways, too, of teaching children music.

I hope you can join me for all of this on The Sound Barrier this Sunday night at 10.00 PM (AEST) on Melbourne's 106.7 PBS FM or on PBS Digital Radio. You can also listen live here online or on the PBS App, no matter where you are, or listen back later to the audio stream, no matter when it is!

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