Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Live music this week on The Sound Barrier sampler!

If you like your music to be local, you can't get much more local than a performer live in the studio. And this weekend, on the sampler edition of The Sound Barrier, we have not one but two of them. Together, Julian Day and Luke Jaaniste are LOUD+SOFT, and it is a tremendous treat to have each of these very talented and original Australian composers performing some of their own work at PBS, live on The Sound Barrier.

Julian's work makes amazing use of ambient drones - music that grabs and intensifies the unique sounds of different harmonies and tonalities. It's a kind of maximalist minimalism - music that takes a little and turns it into a lot. His sound installations have been produced around the world, some drawing on the sounds of large numbers of single instruments - such as works for multiple keyboards, or for a choir of flutes, while others draw out the multiple layers of just a few notes, a few chords, a few clusters of sound, from a baby keyboard.

Luke's work does fascinating things through exploring the inner language and logic of music - whether it be the deconstruction of a Monteverdi opera, or the reconstruction of different beats and rhythms that are phased in and out of one another and transformed into new things. He pulls things apart, shows you what they're made of, and makes you part of their structure. It's like experiencing music from the inside.

Both Julian and Luke will be performing solo works live in this very special preview of The Sound Barrier, which I will be presenting this weekend on New Noise: the PBS FM time-slot devoted to new program ideas. You can hear the show 2 AM - 6 AM on Sunday morning, 25 March (Melbourne time), either on 106.7 FM if you are listening locally, or on the PBS website, no matter where you are.  

Julian and Luke will be performing during the first half hour of the show.

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