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New music from near and far: pulsars to vivisection

Pulsars were first discovered in 1967. So regular was the sound of their radio signals coming from the depths of space that we at first thought they were aliens.

Australia's enfant terrible of new music: Anthony Pateras!

The Sound Barrier had been running for scarcely a year when I first interviewed Australian composer, improviser, pianist and electroacoustic musician

The big, big universe of Stockhausen - the third of four Sound Barrier pillars

As this week's edition of The Sound Barrier marks the show's fifth birthday, and the third part of a tetralogy celebrating the mu

The disarded noise of Merzbow - the second of four Sound Barrier pillars

Merzbow's music certainly challenges a lot of conventional notions of what music is.

The surreality of Zorn - the first of four Sound Barrier pillars!

The latest edition of The Sound Barrier was the first of four shows I will be presenting over the next month, to mark its fifth a

The time barrier - the tranformative journey of sound

We have known, ever since Einstein told us, that space and time shape each other – and our perceptions of each are influenced by how and where we move in the other.

Reinventing the known - working in new ways with old things.

On the latest edition of The Sound Barrier I spent the show exploring, through two very different pieces of music, the ways in wh

Creative stars - Stockhausen's TIERKREIS and the gift that keeps on giving

Karlheinz Stockhausen was perpetually fascinated by the connections between the universe and music. Music, for him, was what held the universe together – its vibrations resonating everywhere.

Music to make you happy: Adam Simmons and the Usefulness of Art on The Sound Barrier!

I could have spoken with Adam Simmons for ages when I interviewed him on last night's editio

From forth the loins of 1950s Darmstadt

The music on the latest edition of The Sound Barrier honed in on the work of three composers who had some shared beginnings in t

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