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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
next on air Thursday, 4 September 2014 - 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

Getting SIRIUS on The Sound Barrier Thu 4 Sep 2014 Coming up next on The Sound Barrier, I am going to be placing the show's spotlight onto one of the hugely exciting...


The Sound Barrier - cloned and multiplied 2 days 10 hours ago This week, The Sound Barrier examined a few of the means by which composers have cloned their own sounds: pieces of music that give the resonance of...

Past programs

Thursday 28 August 2014

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 28 August 2014 Program Audio Story
Music in multiple - cloned sounds on The Sound Barrier Playlist
Music multiplied Program Promo

Thursday 21 August 2014

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 21 August 2014 Program Audio Story
Well-tampered sounds Playlist
A change of tune Program Promo

Thursday 14 August 2014

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 14 August 2014 Program Audio Story
A BIFEM preview plus the sounds of voices and machines Playlist
A sneak preview at BIFEM this week on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Thursday 7 August 2014

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 7 August 2014 Program Audio Story
Launching a new timeslot - with Cat Hope Playlist
Launching The Sound Barrier's new time slot with Cat Hope! Program Promo

Monday 28 July 2014

The Sound Barrier for Monday, 28 July 2014 Program Audio Story
The Battle of the Schools: Darmstadt vs New York Playlist
The battle of the schools: Darmstadt and New York Program Promo

Monday 14 July 2014

The Sound Barrier for Monday, 14 July 2014 Program Audio Story

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