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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.

pbs.sound.barrier@gmail.com

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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 28 January 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 28 January 2018 Program Audio Story
Back to the future, onto the past: two iconic works from the 1960s on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 21 January 2018

Homophonic! - Miranda Hill and Ian queering The Sound Barrier Playlist
The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 21 January 2018 Program Audio Story
Homophonic! turns 7, and Miranda Hill celebrates on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 14 January 2018

The sounds you didn't know were there Playlist
The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 14 January 2018 Program Audio Story
New experimental sounds from near and far Program Promo

Sunday 7 January 2018

The Didgeridoo traverses the sound barrier! Playlist
The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 7 January 2018 Program Audio Story
The didgeridoo resounding The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 31 December 2017

The course and end of time. New Year's Eve on The Sound Barrier! Playlist
The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 31 December 2017 Program Audio Story
The passing of the years. And the end of time. New Year's Eve on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 24 December 2017

How Sound Passes - Stockhausen's NATURAL DURATIONS with Duccio Beverini Playlist
The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 24 December 2017 Program Audio Story