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Before BIFEM: with Jessica Aszodi and Liza Lim on The Sound Barrier!

2016 marks the first year where PBS is proudly presenting what has, in a very short time, become arguably Australia's leading weekend of n

The music of two Alexes, and the birthday of one Karlheinz

Not everyone who does something innovative and exciting in music in Australia is called Alex, but at least two of them are, and they were both my studio guests on

Inventi Ensemble on The Sound Barrier, and the music of opposites

When opposites come into contact with one another, the world of drama often presents the results as conflict.

From self to space - a cosmic journey on The Sound Barrier!

It can be a bit of a cliché, although sometimes a reasonably true one nonetheless, that what matters is not the destination, but the journey.

Symbols and sounds - music as signifier

A couple of weeks ago, The Sound Barrier focussed in on the music of Gérard Pape, a composer who is also a psychoanalyst.

Into the heart of the Real - Lacanian pscyhoanaysis in the music of Gérard Pape

The music of American-born, French-based composer and psychoanalyst Gérard Pape, which featured on the latest edition of The Sound Barrier

Returning from Kürten, remembering Basel and exploring Bendigo!

I might not have been particularly keen about leaving Kürten a couple of weeks ago, and seeing an end to those amazing weeks immersed in Stockhausen's notes, sketches and scores in the wonderful Archi

An powerful arrival, an elusive blackbird, and a pesky dragon

The latest edition of The Sound Barrier was built around two concerts coming up at the end of this week in Melbourne.

The Sound Barrier Performers ... performing!

There were three reasons why I chose to devote the latest edition of The Sound Barrier to the current musical performer

When community radio began ... the year 1972.

Every now and then on The Sound Barrier I like to spend a show focussing on the music of a particular year.

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