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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
next on air Thursday, 10 September 2015 - 12:00am to 2:00am

Ever since Bach first showed that the one keyboard could play music in 24 different keys, and redefined tonality in the process, music has been driven ahead by experimenters. The Sound Barrier is an opportunity to explore and celebrate some of the really daring and fascinating innovation that has taken place in music over the past hundred years and that continues to take place now every day, everywhere.

The Sound Barrier will present music across four main categories;

  • the icons of innovation (such as Stockhausen, Varèse, Xenakis and Cage)
  • Melbourne’s musical underbelly (drawing on the incredible richness of Melbourne’s local experimental music scene: expect to hear artists such as Paul Kidney Experience, Monolith, Undecisive God, and Ernie Althoff)
  • music deconstructed and reconstructed (musicians and sound artists from everywhere who pull sounds apart, and put them back together again, showing us new ways to understand and listen to music – everything from William Basinski to Merzbow)
  • the genre benders (musicians who take old genres to new places, bending them into new shapes, such as John Zorn, Dissecting Table and Anthony Pateras)

A show that breaks all the barriers and opens up a whole universe of musical possibilities and ideas, I am proud to be able to bring The Sound Barrier into Melbourne’s home of little heard music.

pbs.sound.barrier@gmail.com

Upcoming Guests

Geoffrey Barnard Thu 10 September

Blog

The electroacoustics of Finland - Sami Klemola on The Sound Barrier! 1 day 17 hours ago Even in the globalised, multi-linked world of today, where countries and cultures and histories can connect and coalesce within seconds, and where we...

Past programs

Thursday 3 September 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 3 September 2015 Program Audio Story
Helsinki and Bendigo come to PBS: Sami Klemola on The Sound Barrier! Playlist
Hot from Helsinki - defunensemble on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Thursday 27 August 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 27 August 2015 Program Audio Story
Happy birthday Stockhausen Part 2 with Kathinka Pasveer! Playlist
Happy birthday Stockhausen 2/2: Kathinka Pasveer on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Thursday 20 August 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 20 August 2015 Program Audio Story
Happy birthday Stockhausen Part 1 with Suzanne Stephens! Playlist
Happy Birthday Stockhausen: Suzanne Stephens and Kathinka Pasveer on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Thursday 13 August 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 13 August 2015 Program Audio Story
Some BIFEM, some Crepuscule and some other bits and pieces Playlist
Sunlight and twilight: BIFEM and Crepuscule on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Thursday 6 August 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 6 August 2015 Program Audio Story
Conversations and the Kuiper Belt Playlist
Conversations and the Kuiper Belt Program Promo

Thursday 30 July 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 30 July 2015 Program Audio Story

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