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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
next on air Sunday, 28 January 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.


The QUILTBAG on The Sound Barrier - Miranda Hill talks Homophonic! 20 hours 21 min ago One of my favourite parts of the year, each year, presenting The Sound Barrier is when Miranda Hill comes into the studio for her annual chat about...

Recent episodes

Sunday 29 October 2017

A vocal Sound Barrier: with studio guest Elliott Gyger Program Promo

Sunday 22 October 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 22 October 2017 Program Audio Story
From the WDR Studio for Electronic Music Playlist
From the Google Doodle to The Sound Barrier: celebrating the WDR Studio for Electronic Music. Program Promo

Sunday 15 October 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 15 October 2017 Program Audio Story
Finding new from the old - Kitty Xiao on The Sound Barrier Playlist
Kitty Xiao, ruined pianos and the gnomes of Cologne spring clean the Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 8 October 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 8 October 2017 Program Audio Story
Music: process and perception with Darrin Verhagen Playlist
Music: process and perception - Darrin Verhagen on The Sound Barrier Program Promo

Sunday 1 October 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 1 October 2017 Program Audio Story
Stockhausen's SIRIUS: the sounds of earth, stars, and superuniverses Playlist
Cosmic games at the school on Sirius Program Promo

Sunday 24 September 2017

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 24 September 2017 Program Audio Story
The mix of the unmixable: listening to Nick Tsiavos and remembering Marcus Fjellström on The Sound Barrier Playlist
Nick Tsiavos live on The Sound Barrier, and a tribute to Marcus Fjellström Program Promo

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