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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
next on air Thursday, 6 November 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.


Let there be LICHT! 19 hours 8 min ago This week on The Sound Barrier I had the huge privilege of bringing to you an entire show devoted to what is surely one of the greatest achievements...

Past programs

Thursday 30 October 2014

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 30 October 2014 Program Audio Story
Into the light: Karlheinz Stockhausen's LICHT Playlist
A little LIGHT music Program Promo

Thursday 23 October 2014

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 23 October 2014 Program Audio Story
The Sound Barrier time travels to 1964 Playlist
Remembering 1964 Program Promo

Thursday 16 October 2014

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 16 October 2014 Program Audio Story
Michael Kieran Harvey on The Sound Barrier Playlist
Michael Kieran Harvey shirtfronts the musical oligarchy on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Thursday 9 October 2014

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 9 October 2014 Program Audio Story
Cleaing your conscience ... and my table! Playlist
Spring cleaning your conscience and my table - new sounds breaking the barrier on PBS! Program Promo

Thursday 2 October 2014

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 2 October 2014 Program Audio Story
Moments of music Playlist
Musical moments Program Promo

Thursday 25 September 2014

The Sound Barrier for Thursday, 25 September 2014 Program Audio Story

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