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Resounding sounds ... the creativity of the recreated.

It was Mark Twain who once famously said that there is no such thing as a new idea. But probably others had said it, or something like it, before him.

Hearing sounds - Sam McAuliffe talks about environmental music

Sounds as audio instructions – this is how Melbourne improviser, composer and guitarist Sam McAuliffe describes his approach to working with en

Setting six sails sunwards

Play a tone for so long
until you hear its individual vibrations

Hold the tone
and listen to the tones of others

Skimming the surface of The Sound Barrier!

As The Sound Barrier slides into its new Sunday night timeslot, it seemed an good excuse to present a programme that provided something of an overview of what the show is all about.

Farewelling Thursday: with special guest Alexander Garsden and music by Ullmann, Boulez and Stockhausen.

Exploration is the staple ingredient of pretty well every episode of The Sound Barrier: a show that explores the interesting and ground-breaking things that musicians, composers, improvisers

Music and the mind: Brae Grimes and Jessica Bellamy talk about intuitive music and Stockhausen on the Sound Barrier!

One of the many things that fascinated Karlheinz Stockhausen in his lifelong exploration music and its place in the universe was the ways in which the human mind fitted into that bigger picture that,

Sound's barriers merged ... with Erkki Veltheim, Carmen Chan and Clinton Green

When different artistic media come together, two rather different things can happen.

From the depths of the Barents Sea: KURSK with David Chisholm

David Chisholm's oratorio-requiem KURSK, is not just about the sinking of a Russian submarine in the Barents Sea in August 2000. Not that it needs to be about more.

The Sound Barrier: here, queer and homophonic!

Queer musicology is that branch of music study that examines the place of queer people – including gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, intersex – in music.

Music's quiet revolutionary: Laurie Scott Baker on The Sound Barrier!

We all know, of course, that everything is ultimately connected to everything else.

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