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The Sound Barrier

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

pbs.sound.barrier@gmail.com

Coming Up

Signalling multimedia: Semaphore on The Sound Barrier! Thu 7 May 2015 Coming up in just a few weeks as part of Melbourne's Arts House, a hugely exciting series of contemporary multimedia,...

Blog

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Past programs

Thursday 7 May 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 7 May 2015 Program Audio Story
Signalling across media with Kate Neal Playlist
Signalling multimedia: Semaphore on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Thursday 30 April 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 30 April 2015 Program Audio Story
Inside outside piano with Zubin Kanga Playlist
Into the piano with Zubin Kanga Program Promo

Thursday 23 April 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 23 April 2015 Program Audio Story
Metropolis #1 - Speaking Percussion with Eugene Ughetti Playlist
Beat it! Speak Percussion at Metropolis Program Promo

Thursday 16 April 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 16 April 2015 Program Audio Story
Surrounded (and pounded) by ambience Playlist
Ambient noise and noisy ambience Program Promo

Thursday 9 April 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 9 April 2015 Program Audio Story
The women of 1932: Part 2/2 - Pauline Oliveros Playlist
The Women of 1932: Part 2/2 - Pauline Oliveros Program Promo

Thursday 2 April 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 2 April 2015 Program Audio Story