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.

2 June 2018

It was sunny outside and a little dark and spooky in the sub-basement.

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Playlist: Artist – “What They’re Playing” – Where It’s Housed

Moloch Conspiracy – “The Shadow over Innsmouth” – In Tenebris Scriptus – A dark aural tribute to H. P. Lovecraft;

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown – “Time/Confusion” – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown;

Radar Men from the Moon – “Secret Howl In Ambient Night” – Subversive III: De Spelende Mens;

Elin Lisslass – “Locklatar” -The Secret Museum of Mankind Vol. 4 Ethnic Music Classics: 1925-48;

Eternal Tapestry – “Sand Into Rain” – A World Out of Time;

Stavros Perides – “To Nufoparman” – The Secret Museum of Mankind Vol. 5 Ethnic Music Classics: 1925-48;

The Serpent – “Corona Nyarlathotepis” – In Tenebris Scriptus – A dark aural tribute to H. P. Lovecraft;

Charles Mingus – “The Spur of the Moment” – The Jazz Experiments of Charlie Mingus;

Domo – “Nadi” – Domo;

Pere Ubu – “Down By The River II” – Raygun Suitcase

26 May 2018

Newer vibrations from a small scad of artists.

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32006579_1232559160480317_7394942783217205248_nPlaylist: Artist – “Song or You Know…” – Album or You Know…

Tom Djll – “Subtle Lunchbox” – Bandcamp;

Weeping Glass – “Bisk Orta” – Polar Shadows;

St. Vitus – “St. Vitus” – Live @ Palm Springs Community Center 1986;

Geronimo Arafat – “We walk in this world apart from one another” – Bleeding Colors Into Entrails;

Giovanni Verga – “Invisible visible” – New Modernism;

Ciccone Youth – “Macbeth” – The Whitey Album;

Paula Temple – “Colonized” – 12″;

Kronos Quartet/Terry Riley – ” Cortejo Funebre en el Monte Diablo” – Requiem for Adam;

Yo La Tengo – “Here You Are” – There’s A Riot Going On

19 May 2018 (Goodbye Glenn Branca)

Special Two Hour What’s This Called? Goodbye Glenn Branca with music by the late composer as well as artists associated with and influenced by him (or just sound good in a set with, this is NOT a history lesson show).

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Playlist: Artist – “Song/Piece/Track” – Album or ??:

Glenn Branca – “The Spectacular Commodity” – The Ascension;

Reg Bloor– “Subconscious Decay” – Rhinocerous, Voices in Dissent;

Lee Ranaldo – “The Bridge” – East Jesus;

Rhys Chatham – “Guitar Ring” – Factor X;

Theoretical Girls – “Computer Dating” – Theoretical Record;

Live Skull – “Swingtime” – Pusherman;

Glenn Branca – “Light Field” – In Consonance;

Red Transistor – “Not Bite” – Single;

Chrome – “Mondo Anthem” – Half Machine Lip Moves;

Glenn Branca – “Lesson No. 1 for Electric Guitar” – Lesson No. 1;

Wharton Tiers Ensemble – “Sheet Metal Workers” – Brighter Than Life;

Dj Olive – “Blizzard” – So Me Free;

Bardo Pond – “Taste” – Peace on Venus;

Glenn Branca – “Symphony No 7 For Orchestra – SHIVERING AIR” – Live performance from Branca website;

Glenn Branca Ensemble – “in Strasbourg, October 9, 2014” – youtube;

Sonic Youth – “She’s In a Bad Mood” – Confusion Is Sex;

Elliott Sharp & Orchestra Carbon – “Unlockstep” – Abstract Repressionism 1990-99;

Band of Susans – “Pursuit of Hapiness” – Love Agenda;

Swans – “Big Strong Boss” – Filth

28 April 2018 (Two Things at Once)

An hour of audio double exposures.  Two artists at once (occasionally a little bit more) every time. Shop as normal and avoid panic buying.

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An ATTEMPT at a Playlist in Stereo… Artist (in one channel or the other, you decide!) – “Song/Piece/Track” – Album or Excuse

Ludwig Van Beethoven – “Ninth Symphony, Fourth Movement – Abridged” – A Clockwork Orange Soundtrack;

Sun Ra – “Worlds Approaching” – Strange Strings;

Kraftwerk -“Radioland” – Radio-Activity;

Butthole Surfers – “The Hurdy Gurdy Man” – Pioughed;

Vangelis – “Chariots of Fire” – Chariots of Fire

Can – “Oh Yeah” – Tyranny of the Beat;

Vidwan Rajamankkam – “Inthakannananda” – The Secret Museum of Mankind Vol. 3;

Tom Tom Club – “Genius of Love” – Tom Tom Club;

Can – “Deadlock” – Soundtracks;

Cocteau Twins – “When Mama Was Moth” – Head Over Heels;

Gareth Davis and the Julie Mittens – “Peter Ablinger’s Black Series” – You Tube Live Track;

MIA – “Bamboo Banga” – Kala;

Add N to X – “Hit Me” – On the Wires of Our Nerves;

Cockney Star Trek You Tube video;

Daryl Hall & John Oates -“Hallofon” – Daryl Hall & John Oates”;

Kataplexis – “Bottom Feeder” – Technical Grindcore;

Merv Griffin – “I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts” – Paul Shrug’s Lounge of Love;

Porter Ricks – “Explore” – Porter Ricks;

L.A. Lungs – “This Is How to Talk to Octopi” -Turntable Broken Prayer Book Lost;

Sex Funeral – “Your Heaven Sucks” – Your Heaven Sucks’;

Strange Guy Interviewed- Paul Shrug’s Chapel of Love;

Yes – “Leave It (Acapella version)” – 90125 Outtakes;

Jon Hassell – “Dreaming” – Listening to Pictures;

Prince Charming – “Stroboscopic search-lights sweeping tidepools of parasites” – Psychotropical Heatwave;

Edward Ka-Spel – “Victoria” – The Victoria Dimension;

Coil – “Music to Play in the Dark Vols. 1 & 2 (simultaneously)”

21 April 2018

Vibrations. Resonations. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

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Playlist: Artist – “Song/Piece/Track/Sound” – Album/FilingSystem

Lungfish – “Hanging Bird” – Necrophones;

Eaton Flowers – “Fractalife” – SadoDamascus Winter Copolation 2016;

TRI​:​.​OBYTE -“Visitation” – New Modernism;

His Name Is Alive – “Static” – Stars on E.S.P.

Ffej – “Modern Day Gavel” – Patterns in the Storm Vol. 1;

Mt. Borracho – “Albatross” – Unbiological Dreams;

Uladat – “8th Labyrinth” – Uladat;

Edward Ka-Spel -“CybersKapes Part 1ish” – CybersKapes Parts 1-6;

JS-Horseman “iV” – New Moderniism;

pollychain – “Rotating Mix” – Soundcloud;

Red Krayola – ” A hybrid creature of greed, ignorance and powers of comprehension plays a vaulted drum kit. The playing corresponds completely to the event. There are entrances and exits. And there is gravitation, where it is needed — for tears” – Finger Painting;

The Melvins – “Lovely Butterflies” – Electroretard;

Blowhole – “The Cunning Stroke” – Billowing Sheen;

Meat Puppets – “New Gods” – Meat Puppets II;

Pere Ubu – “The Vulgar Boatman Bird” – Song of the Bailing Man;

14 April 2018

The show was planned with a goodbye to legendary broadcaster Art Bell, who passed on Friday the 13th. Art was a huge influence on Ricardo Wang as a dj and radio personality. Then as we went on the air we were additionally notified of a more personal death in the family. Consequently, the show starts a bit heavy as Lennon does the ID and dedicates it to his great-grandma Nanie. A solid set of  life affirming experimental music follows.

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Playlist: Artist – “Song/Piece/Track/Sound” – Album/Encasement

Art Bell – “Turn Your Radio Off” – Promo/RIP;

Willam William Hooker/Lee Ranaldo/Zeena Parkins – “Stamina (edit)” – The Gift of Tongues;

‘Chuchichi’ Jose Menendez – “La Virgen De Covadonga” – The Secret Museum of Mankind Vol. 3 Ethnic Music Classics: 1925-48;

Bobbi Humphrey – “Smiling Faces Sometimes” – Look Into the Flower;

Adonai Atrophia – “Act IV Prolet (Spring)” – 2018 Balkan experimental survey – Post industrial culture series;

Black Acid Arkestra – “Blue Mesa” – Black Acid Arkestra;

X A M B U C A – “Vapunatto” – Gestalt Screams from Imaginary People;

Yo La Tengo – “Forever” – There’s a Riot Going On;

Die Krupps – “Wahre Arbeit, Wahrer Lohan” Tyranny of the Beat;

Undo – “Out of the Light” – Deux;

Jandek – “Pending Doom” – I Woke Up;

Mogwai – “Yes! I Am a Long Way from Home” – Groenland;

Alvin Lucier – “Bird and Person Dyning (1975) (edit)” – Bird and Person Dyning

7 April 2018

A goodbye to Cecil Taylor followed by a wash of experimental waves.

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Playlist – Artist – “Song/Piece/Track/Sound” – Where It’s Kept 

Cecil Taylor – “Piano at Ornette A. Coleman Memorial” – Riverside Church in West Harlem;

Hezaliel – “Fallen Angels in a distant Earth” – Paradise Lost;

L.A. Lungs – “Protest Song” – L.A. LNGZ (private WTC CDR);

Laurie Spiegel – “Four Short Visits to Different Worlds: A Garden” – Obsolete Systems;

Sufian Abdullah – “Teenage Corporate Riot” – Music to Break Out of Jail By;

Dorothy Ashby – “Soul Vibrations” – Afro-Harping;

Edward Ka-Spel – “The Border of Beyond” – The Victoria Dimension;

Entropic Advance – “Track 3” – 2005 CDR;

Elliott Sharp/Tracie Morris – “Got It? Get It!” – Radio Hyper-Yahoo;

Gohger/Aural Antithesis – “3-14-09#1″” – GAA//AAG;

Martyn Bates – “Track 2” – Migraine Inducers/Antagonistic Music (Complete Versions);

Mission of Burma – “Heart of Darkness (live)” – The Horrible Truth About Burma