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The Sound Barrier

Ian Parsons
Presented by Ian Parsons
next on air Sunday, 31 March 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

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Travel snaps with Stockhausen and Kurtág 21 hours 55 min ago Travelling the world for music is always a special thing, despite the growing and rich store of new and exciting work that can be found all over...
 

Recent episodes

Sunday 24 March 2019

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 24 March 2019 Program Audio Story
Travel stories from Stockhausen and Kurtág Playlist
Holiday snaps from beyond the sound barrier - Stockhausen and Kurtág! Program Promo

Sunday 17 March 2019

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 17 March 2019 Program Audio Story

Sunday 10 March 2019

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 10 March 2019 Program Audio Story

Sunday 3 March 2019

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 3 March 2019 Program Audio Story
Michael Kieran Harvey and The Green Brain Cycle Playlist
Michael Kieran Harvey crosses the (green) sound barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 24 February 2019

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 24 February 2019 Program Audio Story
Alex Raineri and Katherine Philp talk about Morton Feldman's 'Patterns in a Chromatic Field' Playlist
Patterns in a Chromatic Field at Brunswick Green: Alex Raineri and Katherine Philp join The Sound Barrier! Program Promo

Sunday 17 February 2019

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 17 February 2019 Program Audio Story
The noisy barrier: Merzbow and Cat Hope Playlist
The Noisy Barrier - Merzbow and Cat Hope Program Promo

Sunday 10 February 2019

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 10 February 2019 Program Audio Story
Cornelius Cardew : 'Treatise'. Playlist

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