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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
next on air Sunday, 27 May 2018 - 10:00pm to 12:00am

The Sound Barrier is all about showcasing and celebrating new music. Music of the avant-garde. Art music. Music that breaks barriers. Music that makes you question and explore.

The Sound Barrier pays tribute to what's happening now, locally, in Melbourne and nearby as well as to the great innovators of the avant-garde from both the 20th and 21st centuries. The big known world names, like Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Pierre Boulez, Edgard Varèse, Pauline Oliveros, Morton Feldman, are all part of the staple diet of The Sound Barrier, along with the huge stack of equally big named composers from our own shores, such as Anthony Pateras, Liza Lim, Felix Werder, Larry Sitsky.

The avant-garde's new and the established are presented each week on The Sound Barrier, with music and interviews.

The first half of most shows will focus on interviews and music from people currently active in the new music scene, especially locally to Melbourne, or nearby. The second half will bring major and important works, especially long-form works that rarely get played on radio, that have helped shape, and continue to shape, the story of 20th and 21st century music.

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.


Savouring the sound banquet - a 2018 Radio Festival tasting plate of the avant-garde! 22 hours 1 min ago The latest edition of The Sound Barrier was all about food. From the comfort of Warm Croissants from Adam Simmons and the Arcko Ensemble to food for...

Recent episodes

Sunday 15 April 2018

The Sound Barrier previews Metropolis 2018 Program Promo

Sunday 8 April 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 8 April 2018 Program Audio Story
The Sound Barrier turns six! Playlist
The Sound Barrier turns 6! Program Promo

Sunday 1 April 2018

Bach, 333 years on ... Playlist
The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 1 April 2018 Program Audio Story
Bach - 333 years on! Program Promo

Sunday 25 March 2018

A meditation on memory Playlist
The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 25 March 2018 Program Audio Story
The making of memory Program Promo

Sunday 18 March 2018

Divergence and dialogue Playlist
The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 18 March 2018 Program Audio Story
Musical dialogue - connection and divergence Program Promo

Sunday 11 March 2018

Women beyond the barriers Playlist
The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 11 March 2018 Program Audio Story
Women beyond the barriers Program Promo