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Ian Parsons's blog

Music improvised, notated, assembled and celebrated

Sometimes, as I program each edition of The Sound Barrier, things fall into place in ways that enable points to be made that I had not necessarily sought to make when I started out assembling

Elision and Speak Percussion talk about the unquenchable thirst for the new

Australia might sometimes seem to be a long way away from much of the rest of the world but, thanks to Melbourne-based ensembles such as Elision

Matthew Revert and Larry Sitsky and the sounds of experimental folk.

A small piece for solo clarinet, inspired by the Armenian mystic George Gurdjieff was the link between two very different halves of the latest edition

A (slightly) new format for The Sound Barrier!

The Sound Barrier has now been presented on PBS for about four and half years – at first as its fortnightly four-hour show and then, for the past two years, as a weekly two-hour show, in whic

The curious, the creepy and the odd on The Sound Barrier!

It is the confluence of the odd, the associations of the unexpected, that are always the most interesting.

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.

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