About Ricardo Wang

I began doing Public/Community/College radio at KUGS FM in Bellingham, WA in 1985 and was there until 1987. I spent 10 years at KAOS FM in Olympia, WA from 1993-2003 including a one year stint as Music Director. During that entire time, I did the What's This Called? program, at times for as long as 6 hours in a single night! I've been doing the show at KPSU since 2005 and they will have to pry it from my cold dead hands to get me to stop. I started the Olympia Experimental Music Festival in 1995 and have been playing music off and on in the Dead Air Fresheners since 1997. I'm thrilled to be on the air and the internet at KPSU and part of such an exciting community of creative folks.

22 July 2017

Ride the Freaking Stream!


Playlist Thang: Artist/Thang – “Song/Thang” – Album/Thang

Conformity Contortion – “There’s No Time Like the Prescient” – Perception Management;

Electric Bird Noise – “Scene 1 – owt ytriht” – The Moonflower;

The Legendary Pink Dots – “Chemical Playschool Volume 16 Part 2 (excerpt)” – Chemical Playschool 16 & 18;

Urs Wild – “Construction of the limitless” – Hidden Universe;

Gil Scott-Heron – “Home Is Where the Hatred Is” – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised;

Moodring – “Thuja” – Cottage Mess;

Sex Funeral – “And Out” – Your Heaven Sucks;

Del Saints – “Tarzan” – Jungle Exotica;

Beat Happening/Screaming Trees – “Tales of Brave Aphrodite” – Beat Happening/Screaming Trees;

Ariel Kalma – “Ecstacy Musical Mind Yoga” – An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972-1979)

15 July 2017 (Zero Sum Experiment)

One hour of listener suggested songs about Zero.

Hear the Program NOW!


Playlist: Artist – “Song/Piece” – Album/Source 

Schoolhouse Rock! – “My Hero, Zero” – Multiplication;

The New Blockaders with The Haters – “Zero Is the Journey (excerpt)” – Zero Is the Journey;

Black Sabbath – “Zero the Hero” – Born Again;

Throbbing Gristle – “N Point Zero” – Editions Frankfurt Berlin;

Gong – “Zero The Hero And The Witch’s Spell” – Flying Teapot – Radio Gnome part 1;

CHROME – “Zero Time” -Half Machine Lip Moves;

Royal Trux – “Hero/Zero” – Singles, Live, Unreleased;

Death – “Zero Tolerance” – Symbolic;

Eric Hausmann – “A Total Nothiness” – Mr. Coffee;

Public Enemy – “(She Watch) Channel Zero” – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back;

Art Ensemble of Chicago – “Zero” – Zero/The Third Decade;

NoMeansNo – “0+2=1” – 0+2=1


July 8 2017 (Pierre Henry memorial)

a small sampling of the great catalog by one of the 20th Century’s founders of electronic music:

Pierre Henry (9 December 1927 – 5 July 2017). R.I..P.



Playlist: Artist – “Song/Piece” – Album

Pierre Henry – “Fantasia” – Le Microphone Bien Tempéré (1950-52);

Pierre Henry – “Psyche Rock” – Messe pour le Temps Présent (1967);

Pierre Schaeffer & Pierre Henry – “Orphée 53” – Orphee 53, Spectacle Lyrique (opera, 1953);

Pierre Henry – “Teen Tonic” – Messe pour le Temps Présent (1967);

Pierre Henry – “Danse Electromatic” – Machine Danse (1973);

Pierre Henry – “Variations pour une Porte et un Soupir” – Variations pour une Porte et un Soupir;

Pierre Henry “Générique (Thème de Myriam)” -ELECTRONYCS Vol.5, 20Th Century Early Electronic, Noise And Experimental Music. 1920-1960;

Pierre Henry – “Prismes” – Prismes, estratto dall’opera elettronica Kyldex (1973)

1 July 2017 (fidget spinning episode…)

Mistakes were made. Silence is sometimes an unexpected answer. Apologies and onward…



Playlist As It Went Down! Artist/Sound – “Song/Sound” – Album/Source:
Fissures – “Temple” – New Frontiers of Electronic Music;

Sonolygist – “Solttonackt” – New Frontiers of Electronic Music;

Eric Hausmann – “King of the Quarter” – bandcamp single;

Cabinet of Natural Curiosities – “Little Ice Age” – Searchlight Needles;

Milch de la Maquina – “Thermals” – Ladyz in Noyz 3;

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – “Vampire Suite” – Songs in the Key of Z Vol. 1;

DAF – “Co Co Pina” – The Tyranny of the Beat;

Kraftwerk – “Radioland” – Radioactivity;

Seele – “Marzahn” – Sometimes Silence is an Answer;

Olga Wojciechowska – “I’m Never Not Thinking About You’ – Maps and Mazes;

The Pink Faeries – “Do It”- Never Never Land;

Yo La Tengo – “You Can Have It All” – And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out;

(the) Melvins – “Queen” – Stoner Witch;

The Electric Eels – “Agitated” – The Electric Eels;

Sonic Youth – “Hallowed Be Thy Name” – Love Doll Superstar

17 June 2017 (23rd Olympia Experimental Music Fest Preview!)

The 23rd Olympia Experimental Music Festival! runs Friday June 23rd through Sunday June 25th at Le Voyeur, Obsidian, the Brotherhood, and the Artesian Well: http://oemf.freehostia.com/category/festival-schedule/


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Playlist: Artist – “Musical Piece” – Album/Source

L.A. Lungs – “Untitled I (edit)’ – Rrest;

King Tears Bat Trip – “Stolen Police Car (edit)” – King Tears Bat Trip;

Cyclopsycho – “Gazing the Blue” – Bandcamp single;

Dolphin Midwives – “(((prism)))” – Orchid Milk;

Hammer of Hathor – “Air Pain” – Vroom-Psycho;

Fischkopf Sinfoniker – “War Drums” – Music for a Revolution;

Existence Habit – “..” – Bandcamp single;

Angell – “Uriel (explanation version)” – (application for) A Thousand Tones;

Uneasy Chairs – “Piano Improvisation No. 2” – At the Chapel;

Cop Fetish – “Fire is Too Kind (edit)” – Soundcloud single;

Kole Gailbraith – “Alptraum (edit)” – Alptraum

10 June 2017


YOU Are the Camera.


Playlist: Artist/Sound – “Song/Piece/Sound” – Album/Source

Necrophorus – “Tre” – Labyrinth;

Earthmonkey – “New Cheese” – Alms of Morpheus;

Nasser Shamma – “The Moon Fades” – The Moon Fades;

Orbit Service – “Woke Up in the Fire” – Stereo Magic (Portal in 13 Parts);

Theoretical Girls – “U.S. Millie” – Theoretical Record;

Minoru Muraoka – “Soul Bamboo” – Bamboo;

The Megatons – “Isis” – Jungle Exotica;

Four Dimensional Nightmare – “Burned Out Gods” – Icicles;

Robert Fripp & Brian Eno – “Evening Star” – No Pussyfooting;

Meiko Kaji – “Flower of Carnage” – Shura No Hana;

The Residents – “Judas Saves” – Wormwood: Curious Stories from the Bible