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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

Sounds different and diverse: the Homophonic Sound Barrier!

One of the really great things about diversity is that it is, well, so diverse.

Sounds organic

The organ is one of those curious instruments that seems to transcend time. It can sound like it comes from the beginning of time or from the end of the future.

Tilde 2017 - following the little squiggly line

Melbourne's Tilde New Music Festival is now in its fourth year and it is one of those events on Melbourne's musical calendar that has quic

The seeds of Stockhausen: hear them grow!

While we mourn the deaths of great musicians and composers, as indeed we should, I think it is important that we do not forget the incredible capacity of music to live on – not just because the music

Three wise wanderings ... Vanitas, Caminantes and Lucifer flies into the night sky

It has been a big and complicated year for many people. A lot of things seem to have happened that no one expected, and that no one really knows how to make sense of.

Explorations with drums, chamber music, no-input mixing board and a really big face

My studio guest tonight was Maria Moles – Melbourne-based drummer and improviser who talked about her unique approach to percussion and drums, and the ways in which she blends its sounds with a tantal

New sentences in the universal language of music

On the latest edition of The Sound Barrier, I took you on a little bit of a space-time journey that began in Melbourne's here-and

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