[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 04

This week's schedule and motivation is tight, so this week's episode is unedited (no narration). Letting the repetition speak for itself... and I figured no one needs an extra dose of my self-deprecating chatter.

I had some trouble figuring out what to bring this week, since I was getting tired of recording the Mendelssohn. I played around with some Bach the previous day before settling on the Beethoven violin concerto (1st movement), which I had actually spent most of the late half of 2019 working on, so this practice session felt like warming back up to a friend I hadn't spoken to in a few months.

Which is unfair because the Beethoven violin concerto is kind of a pinnacle of the violin repertoire and was something I'd always wanted to work on but never had a chance to, until last year! It's a completely monumental and epic piece, especially with orchestra.

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Hurried marks from Beethoven's manuscript of the concerto... good to know he was a procrastinator just like all of us students today.

Historic trivia about the piece: it wasn't so popular when it was first written, until 13-year-old violinist prodigy Joseph Joachim performed it in London in 1844, with Mendelssohn (yes, the composer of the concerto I've previously been working on!) conducting. Mendelssohn wrote his concerto shortly after that performance!

Illustration of the room in London where the 1844 London performance took place.

Here's an old-school recording by Oistrakh:

If you want to compare to a more modern violinist, Hilary Hahn is quite reliable:

In this practice session I'm just kind of playing through and refreshing my muscle memory on the piece, stopping to go back and repeat passages lightly if they need some work, but nothing really as detailed as last episode's practice session. The piece is essentially really a lot of beautiful scales and arpeggios sketching out some beautiful harmonic progressions, so it was actually just very cathartic to play through the music, even though I'm riding on the coattails of last year's practice labor. (D major is also a ~very~ pleasing key!)

I am also playing the Kreisler cadenza (more on cadenzas here, more on violinist Fritz Kreisler here) near the end of the movement.

Beethoven only wrote this one violin concerto; you can read a little more about it here. One interesting trivia is that it wasn't such a hit at the time, so he created a version for piano... what do you think? On the whole, I think Beethoven's music is much better suited to piano rather than violin - I think that's actually partly why I lost interest in working on this concerto towards the end of last year - but the violin's strength here is in the lyrical passages where it can sustain notes where the piano notes have to decay...

Ironically, I think I spent about the same amount of time putting together this blog post as if I had just narrated over my practice recording... well, I do prefer writing more than talking...

Listen to the episode here

Links to past episodes:
Episode 01: Mendelssohn finale
Episode 02: scales, Dont No. 2, rosin, Mendelssohn finale
Episode 03: Mendelssohn finale (last page + run-through)