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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
next on air Sunday, 19 August 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.

Coming Up

BIFEM - bring it on! David Chisholm charms The Sound Barrier! Sun 19 Aug 2018 Even in a radio programme committed to bringing you music that is at the cutting edge of newness, tradition can still be a fine thing. And there are few traditions I love more than the one where each year, David...

Upcoming Guests

David Chisholm Sun 19 August


Ancient and modern ritual in the decay and regeneration of now 5 days 23 hours ago Rituals have been a part of who we are forever really. They somehow become means of defining us, of creating a sense of order and meaning out of the...
Singing songs on the other side of the lines 1 week 6 days ago Music, like most aspects of human activity and culture, has lines everywhere. Lines that divide and demarcate. Lines that stake out territory and...

Recent episodes

Sunday 12 August 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 12 August 2018 Program Audio Story
Ritual then and now: with Rotor Assembly, Chris Dench, and Richard Barrett Playlist
Ritual - then and now. With James Hullick and Hamish Upton! Program Promo

Sunday 5 August 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 5 August 2018 Program Audio Story
The art of popular Playlist
Evelyn Ida Morris Crush Crushing The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 29 July 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 29 July 2018 Program Audio Story
The beginning of the future: Musica Futurista on The Sound Barrier! Playlist
Unfurling the red flag of futurism! Program Promo

Sunday 22 July 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 22 July 2018 Program Audio Story
Flying with kites and playing with squiggles: Adam Simmons and Charles MacInnes join The Sound Barrier Playlist
Kites and squiggles ... with Adam Simmons and Charles MacInnes Program Promo

Sunday 15 July 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 15 July 2018 Program Audio Story
The Sound Barrier World Cup: Croatia and France kicking goals for new music! Playlist
It's two-all as The Sound Barrier kicks off the World Cup! Program Promo

Sunday 8 July 2018

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 8 July 2018 Program Audio Story

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