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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
heard fortnightly, next on air Monday, 28 July 2014 - 2:00am to 6:00am

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

The battle of the schools: Darmstadt and New York Mon 28 Jul 2014 The main by-line to The Sound Barrier is, as you would hear every time the show kicks off, 'new, experimental and avant...


A PBS giveaway … Transducer and more!! 5 days 11 hours ago If you're a member of PBS, then you could be in for one of the best giveaways I've ever heard about on this station, especially for fans of The Sound...

Past programs

Monday 14 July 2014

The Sound Barrier for Monday, 14 July 2014 Program Audio Story
The ritual of music Playlist
The ritual of things Program Promo

Monday 30 June 2014

Father Midnight Crosses the Sound Barrier Playlist
The Sound Barrier for Monday, 30 June 2014 Program Audio Story

Monday 16 June 2014

The Sound Barrier for Monday, 16 June 2014 Program Audio Story
Down into Melbourne's musical underbelly Playlist
Exploring Melbourne's musical underbelly Program Promo

Monday 2 June 2014

The Sound Barrier for Monday, 2 June 2014 Program Audio Story
The divine dissonance of Dante Playlist
Diving into the Divine - Dante's Divine Comedy in the music of the avant-garde Program Promo

Monday 19 May 2014

The Sound Barrier for Monday, 19 May 2014 Program Audio Story
Radio Festival beyond the Sound Barrier and on the other side of sanity! Playlist
The Sound Barrier in Wonderland - it's Radio Festival time on PBS! Program Promo

Monday 5 May 2014

The Sound Barrier for Monday, 5 May 2014 Program Audio Story
Economic music - music that makes much out of just a little Playlist

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