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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
next on air Sunday, 20 January 2019 - 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

Coming Up

A cosmic journey around the world Sun 20 Jan 2019 Over recent weeks on The Sound Barrier I have been bringing you a few pieces in close focus – larger musical works that basically fill the whole show, alongside some fairly detailed commentary about the music. There...

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Plurality - the post-Babel world of Tilde New Music 4 days 22 hours ago In the biblical story of the Tower of Babel, a world once united in a single, common language was dispersed into one of plurality and confusion by a...
 
La Monte Young's Well-Tuned Piano: minimalism, mysticism, and spectralism in 1964 1 week 5 days ago On last week's edition of edition of The Sound Barrier I brought you some excerpts from the piece that planted the seed for the work I presented,...
 

Recent episodes

Sunday 13 January 2019

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 13 January 2019 Program Audio Story
The Pluralities of Tilde and Babel Playlist
Tilde and a Tower of Babel - this weekend on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 6 January 2019

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 6 January 2019 Program Audio Story
The Sound Barrier Well-Tuned Playlist
The Sound Barrier Well-Tunes its foray into 2019 Program Promo

Sunday 30 December 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 30 December 2018 Program Audio Story
November in December Playlist
November in December - remembering Dennis Johnson Program Promo

Sunday 23 December 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 23 December 2018 Program Audio Story
The Little Match Girl sets Christmas alight Playlist
The Little Match Girl puts a different light onto Christmas Program Promo

Sunday 16 December 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 16 December 2018 Program Audio Story
Who are and why are we here? Playlist
Who are we and why are we here? The big side of things from Carter and Stockhausen this weekend on The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 9 December 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 9 December 2018 Program Audio Story

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