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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
next on air Sunday, 29 October 2017 - 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.


From out of the fiery furnace .... the sounds of the WDR Studio for Electronic Music 9 hours 57 min ago When Stockhausen wrote his still-iconic, still-seminal, work for electronic music in 1995-1956, GESANG DER JÜNGLINGE, and chose to set within it an...

Recent episodes

Sunday 23 July 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 23 July 2017 Program Audio Story
Back to BIFEM (and off to Kürten) Playlist
The tradition of the new: David Chisholm comes back to The Sound Barrier to chat about BIFEM! Program Promo

Sunday 16 July 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 16 July 2017 Program Audio Story
New music for new little people: Sonic Little Cat on The Sound Barrier! Playlist
A Sonic Little Cat teaches children what music can really be Program Promo

Sunday 9 July 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 9 July 2017 Program Audio Story
Musique concrète: from France to Melbourne to Sweden Playlist
Musique concrète from a man alone: Pierre Henry, Tarab, and Ingvar Loco Nordin on The Sound Barrier Program Promo

Sunday 2 July 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 2 July 2017 Program Audio Story
After Julia: Cat Hope talks about women, power and music on The Sound Barrier! Playlist
Music after Julia with Cat Hope on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 25 June 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 25 June 2017 Program Audio Story
Orbits, connections, and small worlds Playlist
Connection on The Sound Barrier: with Nat Grant, James Hullick, and Aviva Endean! Program Promo

Sunday 18 June 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 18 June 2017 Program Audio Story

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