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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
next on air Thursday, 25 December 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.

pbs.sound.barrier@gmail.com

Blog

Josten Myburgh and Michael McNab tchaking up The Sound Barrier! 12 hours 50 min ago The latest edition of The Sound Barrier took us into territory that is often explored on the show, but not often from quite as many angles, nor...

Past programs

Thursday 18 December 2014

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 18 December 2014 Program Audio Story
The fragile power of small sounds ... Tchake, Onkyo, Feldman breaking the sound barrier! Playlist
East meets West: Josten Myburgh and Michael McNab on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Thursday 11 December 2014

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 11 December 2014 Program Audio Story
Sounds without borders: Matthew Revert and Vanessa Rossetto Playlist
The meeting of sounds: Matthew Revert and Vanessa Rossetto on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Thursday 4 December 2014

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 4 December 2014 Program Audio Story
Women of the world unite! Playlist
Women in sound art: music from Urban Arts Berlin Program Promo

Thursday 27 November 2014

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 27 November 2014 Program Audio Story
What's new in Australian music? Playlist
New music from Australia … with Ben Opie, Peter de Jager, Luke Jaaniste and Tim Catlin Program Promo

Thursday 20 November 2014

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 20 November 2014 Program Audio Story
Sydney improv: Splitrec splits the Sound Barrier Playlist
Innovation north of the Murray Program Promo

Thursday 13 November 2014

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 13 November 2014 Program Audio Story

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