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Sounds new from near and far

The latest edition of The Sound Barrier was, in a sense, a microcosm of what the show is really all about: exploring the diversit

Opening to the cosmos with sounds synthesised and unheard

I know I have said it many times before, but it's one of those things that I never tire of saying: one of the really special privileges of preparing and presenting a show like The Sound Barrier

Travelling beyond the island, with a Book of Daughters

Like it or not, we are changing. Or maybe, more to the point, we are beginning to realise, at last, that we have always been different to what we have tended to think ourselves to be.

Scientific creativity and creative science: Nicholas Hender on The Sound Barrier!

On the latest edition of The Sound Barrier my studio guest was Melbourne-based composer

Out of the shards of a shattered world - the new art of Mary Bauermeister

Before I had even had a chance to hit the record button for my interview with her, Mary Bauermeister had already begun to tell fascinating stories about the history of the movement in which she has pl

Around the world with a tarhu and a trumpet: music of Ros Bandt and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Coming back to The Sound Barrier after two weeks on the other side of the world, again listening to and studying the music of my perennial hero Karlheinz Stockhausen, it was nice on

Music improvised, notated, assembled and celebrated

Sometimes, as I program each edition of The Sound Barrier, things fall into place in ways that enable points to be made that I had not necessarily sought to make when I started out assembling

Elision and Speak Percussion talk about the unquenchable thirst for the new

Australia might sometimes seem to be a long way away from much of the rest of the world but, thanks to Melbourne-based ensembles such as Elision

Matthew Revert and Larry Sitsky and the sounds of experimental folk.

A small piece for solo clarinet, inspired by the Armenian mystic George Gurdjieff was the link between two very different halves of the latest edition

A (slightly) new format for The Sound Barrier!

The Sound Barrier has now been presented on PBS for about four and half years – at first as its fortnightly four-hour show and then, for the past two years, as a weekly two-hour show, in whic

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