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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
next on air Thursday, 3 December 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.

Coming Up

Hidden worlds: Vanessa Tomlinson on The Sound Barrier! Thu 3 Dec 2015 Vanessa Tomlinson is one of Australia's most exciting and important percussionists. She works with percussion in a bold and creative way, finding the colour and voice within it, letting us hear the whispers, drawing...

Upcoming Guests

Vanessa Tominson Thu 3 December


Out of the opera theatre and into the streets of North Melbourne 5 days 4 hours ago Whoever would have thought that part of the experience of opera could be driving through the streets of Melbourne, trying to find a house? Whoever...

Recent episodes

Thursday 26 November 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 26 November 2015 Program Audio Story
Intimately operatic Playlist
Installing opera, with Tim Stitz on The Sound Barrier Program Promo

Thursday 19 November 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 19 November 2015 Program Audio Story
Anthony Pateras, Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey on The Sound Barrier! Playlist
A multi-barrelled Sound Barrier: Anthony Pateras and Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey! Program Promo

Thursday 12 November 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 12 November 2015 Program Audio Story
Tonings and tunings from beyond the Sound Barrier with Warren Burt! Playlist
Retuning the sound barrier with Warren Burt Program Promo

Thursday 5 November 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 5 November 2015 Program Audio Story
Rebuilt Beethoven (and bits of Burt) Playlist
Battered Beethoven (with a small Burt tasting plate on the side) Program Promo

Thursday 29 October 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 29 October 2015 Program Audio Story
Music for a clean conscience Playlist
Music for a clean conscience - this week on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Thursday 22 October 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 22 October 2015 Program Audio Story

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