[June 3, 2020 - WAWD?Radio's summer programming is on its way. Many of our DJs are still on the air, but during the transition not all shows will be broadcast according the the schedule listed below.]


11am - Some Kind of Music Show with Isadora Dannin
2pm - The Daily Rind with Charlotte Matthai / cheese talk, cheese puns, cheese eating, cheese reading, cheese guests.
6pm - Club Quarantine with Nourey (Norhan Bayomi) / 1 hour of deep melodic house and progressive trance.
7pm - Sounds From Somewhere with Christopher Weaver / A selection of sounds and songs.
8pm - Life Psets with Alexa Jan / Bumbling through life problems and reveling in our shared humanity, intentionally unrelated to the current state of the world. unqualified. unsolicited. advice. let's go..
11pm - Midnight Snack: an ASMR Broadcast with Kailin Jones


10am - Radio Architecture Workshop / Live broadcasts of lectures and work sessions from an MIT summer course about making radio.
6pm - News from Nowhere with Jeff Landman / Building an impossible world with our ears.
9pm - Be My Quarantine? with Jacqueline Chen & Catherine Yang / Jacqueline and Catherine are two undergrads in architecture. Come join their various conversations that sometimes get lost in translation between (both language wise and logic wise). Featuring their studio friends, like Caleb.


9pm - The Open Practice Room with Demi Fang / A peek into some of the behind-the-scenes rigor in the practice room, the classical violinist's equivalent of "design iterations" in the architectural studio.
10pm - Welcome to the Gayborhood with dr. e and queer ai (Sam Seaman & Ai Bui) / Here you can find all things gay: a little queer, and definitely happy. Featuring music, conversations, and anonymous confessions from those in the SA+P community.
11pm - Friends, MIT, and Internet with Jackie Lin / Weekly discussions with friends from across the Institute to discuss WAWD?, [exiting] undergrad MIT education, and being on the internet.


8am - Morning Accounts with DJ BOIL (Ben Hoyle) / A show dedicated to recording minutiae of our unusual circumstances, so that we might remember what it feels like for the world to fall off its course.
3pm - Dangerous History with Dariel Cobb / Chats with HTC PhDs and others about architecture history and its ramifications for today.
4pm - Stories from the Ground Up with Cherie Abbanat / Stories from Cherie’s Work on the ground in Haiti (mostly), including building a maker library.
5pm - Power Hour Playlist with DJ Paul (Paul Gruber) / Join Paul for an hour of themed tunes to celebrate the halfway mark of the week!
6pm - The Paulcast: The Pop Culture Podcast with Paul Gruber / Join Paul as he talks about all things pop culture through fun lists, songs and lots of puns!
7pm - A Radio Show About Nothing with Jola Idowu
11pm - Selected ambient works 95-20 (ambient 2: music for being alone) with dj outside j (Julian Geltman) / Focus on long-form, ambient approaches to post-wtvr (ie post metal, post punk, post rock, blackgaze, funeral-y doom) and sometimes discussion on things to consider.


8am - Disparitions with Eytan Levi / Interview-based investigations in what is going away and perhaps never coming back in our architectural educations.
10am - Radio Architecture Workshop / Live broadcasts of lectures and work sessions from an MIT summer course about making radio.
5pm - Museum Missives with Nushelle de Silva / Readings of comic letters from archival research as the basis for a discussion of different issues in museum practice.
7pm - Kelly and Eli Smiling Through the Apocalypse with Eli Keller & Kelly Main
8pm - Collecting the Unconscious with Emily Wissemann / Previously top-secret dream diaries go public with intermittent stream of consciousness music selections.
9pm - Kollective Karaoke with DJBYOB (Lee Moreau) / A 12-week lesson to help us sing together, separately: start with easy crowd pleasing sing alongs and anthems like Gloria Gaynor's classic "I Will Survive", ultimately building to absurd challenges like Adele's "Hello".


9am - Breakfast with Trees with Sheilak (Sheila Kennedy) / Readings, musings and occasional raw research-in-progress, discussions of artists’ works and global voices on the resiliency of trees and the ways in which plants - terrestrial and aquatic - invite us to reimagine the world.
5pm - Conversations on Care with the Critical Broadcasting Lab (Ana Miljacki)
7pm - Songs for Tomorrow with DJ Hazel Haze (Dariel Cobb) / A mix of indie and pop, focused on women and women-identified artists; alternating with theme episodes.
8pm - Cola Coca with DJ Dave (David White) / Some combo of Ethiopian Jazz and Zouk Love.
9pm - Journey Through Spotiland with DJ SPEY (Hugh Ebdy) / Kinda like Wikiracing, but in reverse, and it's Spotify.
10pm - NOO TROPICS: Free Jazz Friday with DJ NOOWAVE (Gerard Patawaran) / Free jazz and experimental noises.


3pm - Sounds & Thoughts for Your 6' Walk with PuffPastryHoarder (Gabby Heffernan)
11pm - Music for Staying in with D + J (Dalma Foldesi and Jung Seo)

The Open Practice Room - Ep 02

In this episode I try to capture more of the ~authentic experience~ of a practice session from start to finish. That means including tuning and warming up.

For my warm-up I worked on a 3-octave A major scale. Scales are easy to skip because content-wise they can be relatively boring, but i talk about the importance of scales like meditation to get in the right mindset for practice and calibrate your intonation for a smooth rest of the practice session! I think there is a clear analogy in warming up before physical exercise, but not so sure what the analogy would be in the context of architectural design?

I finish out my warm-up with Dont caprice No. 2, thinking a lot about intonation and subtle phrasing of the changing harmonies.

Dont, Jakob - 24 Etudes and Caprices, Op 35 - Violin solo - edited ...
Come on, isn't the name of this composer just begging for a punny meme?

I also talk a bit about rosin, which is what you rub on bow hair to improve the grippage of the bow on the string and produce a much clearer sound! I'm currently using Melos light rosin, but I've also used Pirastro's gold and olive "flavors" and liked those (gold giving a brighter sound, olive giving a darker sound). There are different shades of rosin, light to dark, that produce different colors of sound.

Here's a photo of the rosin cake when I first got it new in April 2018! They last a while if you're a careful rosin parent and don't accidentally drop it on the ground and smash it to pieces, which always is a true tragedy.

And here are the other two "flavors" of rosin I mentioned above, from another popular brand that also produces strings:
Pirastro Gold Rosin – FiddlershopFree shipping! PIRASTRO Oliv Evah Rosin Model 900100 Used for ...
So shiny and satisfying, right? Equally satisfying to apply it and immediately hear a much clearer sound production :)

I spend the rest of the practice session working in more detail on the finale from Mendelssohn's violin concerto, which I also worked on last week. I made some good progress on some tricky popcorn sections and some very lovely themes. Because I know the piece by ear, it is easy to fall into tendencies of how I think it should go, so I need to pay attention when Mendelssohn asks us not to do a slurpy slide:

Translation: no slurpy slide!

It's both a blessing and a curse that the fingerboard of the violin, unlike a guitar, is a fretless continuum expanse... It means infinite possibility for pitches to be slightly out of tune (hence the importance of practicing scales), but it also means being able to do beautifully expressive glissandi (i.e. slurps)!

Some of my detailed practice includes working with metronome, which is brutal but honest work. It feels satisfying and freeing to take myself off the metronome after sanding down the rough edges.

I finish off by reading through the very last few pages which I haven't worked on much at all. It's very labored and painful but I include it, again, for the ~authentic experience~!

If you missed the broadcast, you can listen to the episode here. Alternatively, you can follow my violinstagram for more in video format (though as of this week I'm officially more active on WAWD.) Below is a post of my new rosin cake from April 2018 (the only reason I remember when I got my new cake.) Thanks for reading!