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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
next on air Thursday, 5 March 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

Blog

Seams between the themes 1 day 11 min ago The week on The Sound Barrier I broke with the show's time-honoured practice of presenting music that illustrated a particular idea, or fitted into a...

Past programs

Thursday 26 February 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 26 February 2015 Program Audio Story
Themeless but not seamless: a miscellany of the avant-garde Playlist
From themes to seams Program Promo

Thursday 19 February 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 19 February 2015 Program Audio Story
Y2K on The Sound Barrier Playlist
Y2K revisited Program Promo

Thursday 12 February 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 12 February 2015 Program Audio Story
A Chamber Made Sound Barrier Playlist
A Chamber Made Sound Barrier Program Promo

Thursday 5 February 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 5 February 2015 Program Audio Story
The Sound Barrier serialised! Playlist
A very serial Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Thursday 29 January 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 29 January 2015 Program Audio Story
Revenge of the sacrificed! Playlist
The revenge of the sacrificed Program Promo

Thursday 22 January 2015

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 22 January 2015 Program Audio Story

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