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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
next on air Sunday, 26 March 2017 - 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

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Recent episodes

Sunday 26 March 2017

Four pillars for five years: the Sound Barrier pays tribute to the musicians who inspired it. Part One: John Zorn! Program Promo

Sunday 19 March 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 19 March 2017 Program Audio Story
Travels through space, time and sound with David Evans and François Bayle Playlist
Moving in space and time: David Evans on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 12 March 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 12 March 2017 Program Audio Story
Stories and histories - found sounds with Ren Walters, Clinton Green and Michael McNab (and Karlheinz Stockhausen!) Playlist
Finding sounds and telling stories: Ren Walters, Michael McNab and Clinton Green at the salt museum! Program Promo

Sunday 5 March 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 5 March 2017 Program Audio Story
TIERKREIS - the sounds of the stars Playlist
The sounds of the stars - this weekend on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 26 February 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 26 February 2017 Program Audio Story
The Usefulness of Art - Adam Simmons on The Sound Barrier Playlist
Making music matter: Adam Simmons on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 19 February 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 19 February 2017 Program Audio Story
The graduates of the Darmstadt School Playlist
Post 1950s Darmstadt ... Take #2! Program Promo

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