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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
next on air Sunday, 27 August 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

Recent episodes

Sunday 16 April 2017

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

Sunday 9 April 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 9 April 2017 Program Audio Story
The Pillars of The Sound Barrier Part Three: Karlheinz Stockhausen Playlist
Four pillars for five years: the Sound Barrier pays tribute to the musicians who inspired it. Part Three: Karlheinz Stockhausen! Program Promo

Sunday 2 April 2017

The Pillars of The Sound Barrier Part Two: Merzbow Playlist
The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 2 April 2017 Program Audio Story
Four pillars for five years: the Sound Barrier pays tribute to the musicians who inspired it. Part Two: Merzbow! Program Promo

Sunday 26 March 2017

The Pillars of The Sound Barrier Part One: John Zorn Playlist
The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 26 March 2017 Program Audio Story
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

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

Sunday 12 March 2017

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

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