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The second half of the 20th century saw significant innovation take place in the realm of avant-garde classical composition.

With composers such as John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis taking classical composition into realms that were previously unheard of, the foundations were laid for a tradition of experimental, exploratory and otherwise “difficult” musical forms to develop.

Difficult Listening takes in compositions from the legends of new music alongside works by lesser known composers and artists working in a range of styles that push the very barriers of sound creation and composition.

Including, but not limited to, styles such as modernism, early computer music, spectral music, noise, improvisation, drone and ambient music, Difficult Listening provides an important space for sounds that exist well outside of the realms of musical normality.

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Sun 18 Jun 2017 Listen

Josten Myburgh, Dan O'Connor, and Lenny Jacobs join Michael Terren to talk Tone List one year on from its formation, playing some archival material and an excerpt from the latest release, Small Worlds by Quiver. Then, a surprise visit by Adelaide-based musician Dan Thorpe, who discusses working with WASO and what would've happened if French spectralist composer Tristan Murail took ritalin. Also, new work from Kate Carr, Delphine Dora & Sophia Cooper, and a reissue from Robert Curgenven.

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