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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
next on air Sunday, 22 July 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

Kites and squiggles ... with Adam Simmons and Charles MacInnes Sun 22 Jul 2018 Next week-and-a-bit in Melbourne promises to be a pretty exciting one for anyone curious about musical innovation, both from the past and in the now, and this weekend's edition of The Sound Barrier will be homing in on...

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The Sound Barrier's World Cup. And it's a 2:2 draw! 6 days 6 hours ago I know pretty well nothing about the World Cup. I don't even really know what we're supposed to call the sport that they play at it. Is it football...

Recent episodes

Sunday 22 July 2018

Kites and squiggles ... with Adam Simmons and Charles MacInnes Program Promo

Sunday 15 July 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 15 July 2018 Program Audio Story
The Sound Barrier World Cup: Croatia and France kicking goals for new music! Playlist
It's two-all as The Sound Barrier kicks off the World Cup! Program Promo

Sunday 8 July 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 8 July 2018 Program Audio Story
Pierre Boulez mastering the hammer, with Justine Anderson Playlist
Pierre Boulez: nailed and mastered - Justine Anderson from Six Degrees Ensemble chats on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 1 July 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 1 July 2018 Program Audio Story
The Sound Barrier ... and the sound spectrum: Kaija Saariaho and Gérard Grisey Playlist
Rapturing and rupturing the sound barrier: big music by Gérard Grisey and Kaija Saariaho Program Promo

Sunday 24 June 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 24 June 2018 Program Audio Story
A trombone and some percussion wander into a Japanese garden Playlist
Ossicle Duo moves beyond the sound barrier and into a Japanese garden! Program Promo

Sunday 17 June 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 17 June 2018 Program Audio Story
Connecting culture and place - music of Naima Fine, Jim Denley, and Liza Lim Playlist
Learning across culture - music of Naima Fine, Jim Denley, and Liza Lim coming up on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

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