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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
next on air Sunday, 24 July 2016 - 10:00pm to 12:00am

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

The inner universe of time and timbre - the music of Gérard Pape on The Sound Barrier! Sun 24 Jul 2016 One of the many exciting and wonderful things about being absorbed in the new music scene is the number of new discoveries you make. There are always paths leading to other paths, taking you to places that you never...

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Returning from Kürten, remembering Basel and exploring Bendigo! 3 days 13 hours ago I might not have been particularly keen about leaving Kürten a couple of weeks ago, and seeing an end to those amazing weeks immersed in Stockhausen'...

Recent episodes

Sunday 24 July 2016

The inner universe of time and timbre - the music of Gérard Pape on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 17 July 2016

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 17 July 2016 Program Audio Story
Headed to Bendigo ... PBS presents BIFEM! Playlist
From Basel to Bendigo: Ian returns and David Chisholm drops in! Program Promo

Sunday 10 July 2016

Adrian Meade Explores the Sound Barrier Playlist
The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 10 July 2016 Program Audio Story

Sunday 3 July 2016

Adrian Meade Explores the Sound Barrier Playlist
The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 3 July 2016 Program Audio Story

Sunday 26 June 2016

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 26 June 2016 Program Audio Story
Music remixed, re-constructed and reconsidered... Playlist

Sunday 19 June 2016

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 19 June 2016 Program Audio Story
Next weekend in Melbourne (and in Basel) ... Playlist
An Arrival, a Blackbird and a Dragon Program Promo
An Arrival, a Blackbird and a Dragon Program Promo

Sunday 12 June 2016

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 12 June 2016 Program Audio Story
The Sound Barrier performers perform! Playlist

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