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The Sound Barrier's spectral special!

Here are some of my thoughts on the music I presented in this episode of The Sound Barrier, where the spotlight was on ‘the sound of sound’ – the special journey into the nooks and crannies o

Diving into the sound spectrum

There are lots of ways of breaking the sound barrier, and breaking into the sound spectrum will be the one that we will be exploring on the show’s next episode, coming up on Monday morning 24th Septem

The weird and wayward connections with music and the arts

The latest edition of The Sound Barrier involved an exploration – or a sampling, more to the point – of some of the different ways in which music has connected with the other arts.

Happy 100th Birthday, John Cage!

John Cage

Even with a full four hour program devoted to John Cage on The Sound Barrier less than a fortnight ago, and even with

A pri(z/c)eless little competition

Everyone has competitions these days and so, I guess, The Sound Barrier should be no exception, even if all it can offer by way of prize is the dubious honour of being declared the winner on

John Cage centenary celebrated on The Sound Barrier!

This week The Sound Barrier celebrated the centenary of the great American innovator and icon of twentieth century music, John Cage, with an entire show devoted to his music.

More of John Cage's greatness: a prepared piano and a lecture on nothing

One of the many, many things I love about presenting The Sound Barrier is the opportunity it gives me to broadcast really substantial pieces of music that just would not be practical to prese

John Cage: 4'33" - music to my ears!

A few weeks ago, talking with an old friend, the topic of Philip Glass came up. “He’s the one who did that two minute piece of silence, isn’t he?” she said.

The role of nature in music - some thoughts on The Sound Barrier #10

On the latest edition of The Sound Barrier, we looked at some of the different ways in which the natural world has impacted on music – the different ways in which it has inspired, or provoked

Into the heart of sound - Francisco López's Trilogy of the Americas

I have only recently begun to explore the music of Francisco López, an extremely prolific sound artist and musique concrètist from Spain.

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