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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
heard fortnightly, next on air Monday, 21 April 2014 - 2:00am to 6:00am

Ever since Bach first showed that the one keyboard could play music in 24 different keys, and redefined tonality in the process, music has been driven ahead by experimenters. The Sound Barrier is an opportunity to explore and celebrate some of the really daring and fascinating innovation that has taken place in music over the past hundred years and that continues to take place now every day, everywhere.

The Sound Barrier will present music across four main categories;

  • the icons of innovation (such as Stockhausen, Varèse, Xenakis and Cage)
  • Melbourne’s musical underbelly (drawing on the incredible richness of Melbourne’s local experimental music scene: expect to hear artists such as Paul Kidney Experience, Monolith, Undecisive God, and Ernie Althoff)
  • music deconstructed and reconstructed (musicians and sound artists from everywhere who pull sounds apart, and put them back together again, showing us new ways to understand and listen to music – everything from William Basinski to Merzbow)
  • the genre benders (musicians who take old genres to new places, bending them into new shapes, such as John Zorn, Dissecting Table and Anthony Pateras)

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

So you call yourself a composer? Mon 21 Apr 2014 Composing music, like most things, is no longer what it used to be. There was a time when it was just a matter of...

Blog

The Sound Barrier turns two! 1 week 4 days ago One of the very first pieces of 'modern' music that I heard was when, in 1973, I first saw Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey and heard...

Past programs

Monday 7 April 2014

The Sound Barrier for Monday, 7 April 2014 Program Audio Story
The Sound Barrier celebrates its second birthday! Playlist
Turning two - going on three! Program Promo

Monday 24 March 2014

Ernie Althoff on The Sound Barrier! Playlist
The Sound Barrier for Monday, 24 March 2014 Program Audio Story
Ernie Althoff on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Monday 10 March 2014

The Sound Barrier rouses the workers from their slumber! Playlist
The Sound Barrier for Monday, 10 March 2014 Program Audio Story
The Sound Barrier waking the workers from their slumber! Program Promo

Monday 24 February 2014

Tunings and tonings Playlist
The Sound Barrier for Monday, 24 February 2014 Program Audio Story
Music out of tune Program Promo

Monday 10 February 2014

What will this sound like? Musical indeterminacy on The Sound Barrier! Playlist
The Sound Barrier for Monday, 10 February 2014 Program Audio Story
I have no idea what this will sound like ... Program Promo

Monday 27 January 2014

The Sound Barrier spotlights Julian Day Playlist

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