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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
next on air Sunday, 22 October 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.


Th old, the ruined, and the scheußlich - restored and renewed on The Sound Barrier! 1 day 5 hours ago The value of what is old and damaged is not typically well assimilated into a highly commodified society where things have their moment in the sun...

Recent episodes

Sunday 11 June 2017

Music making friends across the sound barrier! Playlist
Peoples, species, cultures and friendships: music connection on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 4 June 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 4 June 2017 Program Audio Story
Space, silence and sound: sounds about sound on The Sound Barrier! Playlist
Returning to Earth: space, sound, vision and environment on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 28 May 2017

2017 Radio Festival's final giant leap! Playlist
The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 28 May 2017 Program Audio Story
The End Times are upon us. PBS Radio Festival goes out with a blaze of Sound Barrier glory! Program Promo

Sunday 21 May 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 21 May 2017 Program Audio Story
The Sound Barrier's takes One Small Step in Radio Festival 2017! Playlist
Take One Small Step this weekend with The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 14 May 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 14 May 2017 Program Audio Story
The Sound Barrier prepares for lift-off! Playlist
The Sound Barrier prepares for lift off! Program Promo

Sunday 7 May 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 7 May 2017 Program Audio Story
Fugues and Formulas - Bach and Stockhausen reinventing The Sound Barrier! Playlist

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