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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
next on air Thursday, 7 August 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.


The battle of the schools (and a farewell to Monday) 2 days 16 hours ago It's not particularly unusual for people to use the terms 'avant-garde' and 'experimental' almost interchangeably when they are talking about music...

Past programs

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
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

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