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Four pillars for five years: the Sound Barrier pays tribute to the musicians who inspired it. Part Four: Anthony Pateras!

The Sound Barrier for Sunday 16 April 2017

It is almost four years ago that I first interviewed Anthony Pateras on The Sound Barrier. It was during one of his rushed visits home from his life in Berlin and Brussels and, as we chatted, he mentioned how much time he was devoting to composition – spending as much as ten hours a day in a library, composing.

One of the works that was taking his attention at the time was an extraordinary percussion-based piece, for the realisation of which he collaborated with improviser and iconic tape-sculptor Jérôme Noetinger. This incredible work, which deploys over 100 percussion instruments and sends dense polyrhythms, fractured and fantastic, across a vast spatial spectrum, is Beauty Will Be Amnesiac Or Will Not Be At All, the latest release on Anthony's own IMMEDIATA label, and will be the major work on this weekend's edition of The Sound Barrier.

It will take up the entire second half of this, the final of four episodes where I have been paying tribute to four musicians who, between them, have represented the creative ideas and musical innovation that catapulted The Sound Barrier onto the airwaves five years ago.

Anthony Pateras is one of Australia's, indeed one of the world's, most adventurous composers and performers. He is an out and proud enfant terrible of new music, bringing his wild energy into everything he does, taming it only to make it even wilder. He walks through barriers between composition and improvisation, between form and chaos, between gravity and ridicule, as if they were never there.

In the first half of the show, I'll be playing a few of his shorter pieces, including a phenomenal work that kicks off the A-side of a soon-to-be-released double vinyl album from Hospital Hill Productions, his Prayer for Nil for soprano and electronics, featuring the staggering and audacious voice of Australia's Jessica Aszodi; as well as works for amplified string quartet and for prepared pianos, and more!

I hope you are able to join me this Sunday night at 10.00 PM (AEST) for this, the final of four tributes to the pillars of The Sound Barrier, celebrating its fifth birthday. You can tune in or log on, via 3 PBS FM, 106.7 on the Melbourne band, or on PBS digital radio, or from anywhere in the world via the PBS app or online. The show is also available to listen back to here on the website shortly after it has gone to air.

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