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Perfume on the Radio

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Perfume on the Radio explores humanity’s deep and diverse cultural connections with smell in a monthly show led by the Los Angeles based Institute for Art and Olfaction with Lookout FM radio. Each episode tackles a new theme, exploring its connections with scent through interviews with perfumers, academics, artists, activists, and more. New episodes are aired and uploaded on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Learn more at perfumeontheradio.com or at artandolfaction.com.

Perfume on the Radio explores humanity’s deep and diverse cultural connections with smell in a monthly show led by the Los Angeles based Institute for Art and Olfaction with Lookout FM radio. Each episode tackles a new theme, exploring its connections with scent through interviews with perfumers, academics, artists, activists, and more. New episodes are aired and uploaded on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Learn more at perfumeontheradio.com or at artandolfaction.com.

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United States

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Perfume on the Radio explores humanity’s deep and diverse cultural connections with smell in a monthly show led by the Los Angeles based Institute for Art and Olfaction with Lookout FM radio. Each episode tackles a new theme, exploring its connections with scent through interviews with perfumers, academics, artists, activists, and more. New episodes are aired and uploaded on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Learn more at perfumeontheradio.com or at artandolfaction.com.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Perfumer's Cat

3/24/2022
There is an anecdotal correlation between perfume-making and cat ownership. Perhaps it's the solitary nature of the work that lends itself to humanity's least co-dependent relationship. In this episode we explore the catty side of perfumery. With: Perfumer Ashley Eden Kessler sharing cat smells and cat accords Cat expert Jackson Galaxy exploring how cats use smell to relate to the world Art historian and museum professional Jessica Murphy sharing feline perfume advertising Perfumer...

Duration:01:07:21

A Moveable Feast

2/24/2022
Mmmm… Donuts. Mmmm… Limburger Cheese? In this episode we quote Camus and Hemingway and their Moveable Feasts to explore retronasal olfaction. Specifically, how smell enhances our favorite activity: feasting on delicious things, whenever and wherever we bloody well like. With: Maite Gomez-Rejón (ArtBites) sharing historical research into chocolate, Jude Stewart (author) exploring truffles LaVay Ullie (Ol Skool BBQ) exploring smoke, wood and BBQ Betty Hallock (author) connecting food and...

Duration:01:13:48

Drink and Be Merry

1/20/2022
It’s January and as we all recover from our New Year's Eve hangovers, we can't help but cast our thoughts towards just what, exactly, we imbibed. Do we even remember? In our first episode of season 2, Perfume on the Radio explores the aromatic liquids that vex and sustain us. With: Gina Zupsich (August Uncommon) covering the aromatics and geopolitics of tea Maite Gomez-Rejón (Art Bites) exploring a historic drink from pre-conquest Mexico Spyros Drosopoulos (Baruti) explaining the genesis...

Duration:01:01:39

Al Kalima is the Word

11/23/2021
This episode explores language and scent - more specifically, the potential relationship between the spoken word, the written word and smell in Arabic. We are joined by two people who deeply engage with the language. Oakland-based educator Dr. Gaye Walton-Price provides a brief primer on the Arabic language (and its various dialects). Dr. Walton-Price is followed by Bradford-based artist Razwan Ul-Haq, sharing his work and exploring how scent interfaces with meaning through...

Duration:00:58:23

I'll Find You My Precious

11/4/2021
The pleasures of the chase. The joy of the discovering. Humans LOVE a challenge - especially one with a treasure at the end of it. Good news for perfume lovers: aromatic materials can be the most challenging and enticing treasures of all. For episode 16 of Perfume on the Radio we are joined by experts in the chasing, and the uncovering, of magical botanicals, aromatics, and landscapes. Chris Kemp (writer, 'Floating Gold', among others) talks about ambergris, what it is, how people find it....

Duration:01:11:55

Uncharted Territories

9/16/2021
In episode 15 of Perfume on the Radio we explore some great unknowns. Three artists and one poet join us to discuss their work with places that we'll never truly know: outer space, the deep ocean, the human mind. GUESTS Audra Wolowiec - website Helga Griffiths - website Carrie Paterson - website Poems by Donna Lipowitz - website Songs by Emmitt James - website Hosted by Saskia Wilson-Brown Perfume in the Radio is produced by The Institute for Art and Olfaction for lookout.fm. Our...

Duration:00:54:06

Wish You Were Here

8/19/2021
In this episode, guest host Minetta Rogers creates a meditation on scent and the postal system: from scratch and sniff stamps to shipping mishaps, mailed expressions of longing and nostalgia, delivery failures and post office robberies, all the frustrations and endeavors of getting a letter from point A to point B. GUESTS Jas Brooks (Academic) Regina Mamou and Lara Salmon from Research for the Bermuda Triangle (Artists) Emmitt James (Musician) Donna Lipowitz (Perfumer) Hosted by...

Duration:01:09:38

The Doors of Perception

7/15/2021
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science” said Einstein. And this week we ask ourselves: what lies on the fringes of human awareness? What do we miss when we focus only on the obvious? This week’s episode explores practices, stories and experiences that lie in the outer limits of human perception, from trance states to witchcraft, from hauntings to abductions to sensorial trickery. With: Jeanette Andrews, Magician Dr....

Duration:01:08:30

Smell, Sound and the Wireless, with John Biebel

6/24/2021
In episode 12 of Perfume on the Radio, perfumer, writer and artist John Biebel joins us as guest host. Much creative dialog focuses on the cross section of senses, or where sensibilities meet, inform, and guide each other. Such is the case when sound interacts with smell. Join us as John takes us through his evolving relationship with sound and how it relates to the generative process of making perfumes. Host: John Biebel (januaryscentproject.com) Airing on Los Angeles' Lookout FM on the...

Duration:00:58:44

A Perfumer's Nature

6/10/2021
The sun and the moon, the rain and ocean, the rose and the jasmine: these are just some examples of the phenomenal bounty that nature provides. In this episode we explore what our planet offers us, and how we can respectfully make use of it in perfumery. GUESTS Simon Constantine (ånd Fragrance) Mandy Aftel (Aftelier Perfumes, the Aftel Archive for Curious Scents) With contributions from members of the Perfume Lover's Writing Club Donna Lipowitz (Lipowitz Smells) Virginia Riley...

Duration:01:05:37

Biologically Speaking, with Heather Cvar

5/27/2021
Independent Perfumer and smell enthusiast Heather Cvar joins us as a guest host on this week's episode. Sniffing out of the inner working/ biological side of how we use olfaction for things other than just perfume; from a lover’s underarm, to bees using smell harmony in their busy hives and dogs trained to find human remains. GUESTS Tega Brain (artist, tegabrain.com) Cat Warren (writer, dog trainer, catwarren.com) Josh Markvan (beekeeper) Hosted by Heather Cvar (Cvaria Perfume) Airing...

Duration:01:00:02

The Music Show, with On the Nose

5/13/2021
How do music and scent interrelate? In this episode, we team up with Dana El Masri (On the Nose podcast) to explore facets of musical thinking and the synesthetic connections between smelling and hearing. GUESTS Dana el Masri (Jazmin Saraï) Peter De Cupere (artist) Yo-Yo Fearless (rap icon) Heather d'Angelo (Carta Fragrances) Chavalia Mwamba (Pink MahogHany Fragrances) Kaya Sorhaindo (Folie A Plusieurs) Hosted by Dana el Masri (On the Nose Podcast) and Saskia Wilson-Brown (The...

Duration:01:01:50

It's a Man's World

4/29/2021
This episode explores concepts of masculinity in scent. And by masculinity, we mean all facets of the gender identification. GUESTS Joshua Smith (Libertine) Miles Regis (Artist) Tom Blunt (Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab) Billie Stimpson (Pink Manor Decant Club) Ömer İpekçi (Pekji Perfumes) Alia Raza (Régime des Fleurs) Chavalia Mwamba (Pink MahogHany Fragrances) Hosted by Saskia Wilson-Brown (The Institute for Art and Olfaction) Airing on Los Angeles' Lookout FM on the second and fourth...

Duration:00:59:16

Mythical Beasts

4/8/2021
In this episode of Perfume on the Radio, we give ourselves license to imagine the most fearsome, entrancing, magical and aromatic beings. Join us to learn all about some fantastical beasts, and meet the people who smell them. GUESTS Antonio Gardoni (Bogue Profumo) Bayyana Davis (IFF) Dr. J.W. Dotson (Uncanny Scents) Lakenda Wallace (Modern Peasant Beauty) Spyros Drosopoulos (Baruti) Boris Raux (artist) Jessica Murphy (Perfume Professor) Hosted by Saskia WIlson-Brown (The Institute...

Duration:01:02:16

The Sissel Show

3/25/2021
In episode 6 of Perfume on the Radio, we welcome iconic perfume pioneer Sissel Tolaas for a deep dive into her practice. With Sissel Tolaas (artist) Saskia Wilson-Brown (host) Airing on Los Angeles' Lookout FM on the second and fourth Thursday of every month and as a podcast thereafter, Perfume on the Radio is a radio show about scent culture, perfumery and olfactory art produced by the Institute for Art and Olfaction. Learn more at perfumeontheradio.com CREDITS Perfume on the Radio...

Duration:00:55:56

The Vice Show

3/11/2021
We explore the aromatics (and perceptions) of naughty behavior in an episode that would well have the vice squad scrabbling for their notebooks. Guests: Donna Lipowitz (Lipowitz Smells) James McHugh (USC) Persephenie (Persephenie Botanical Perfume) Avery Gilbert (Headspace Sensory) Chris Gordon (Maison Anonyme) Etienne de Swardt (Etat Libre d'Orange) Lakenda Wallace (Modern Peasant Beauty) Christophe Laudamiel (DreamAir) Elizabeth Powell ('Atomizer') Host: Saskia...

Duration:01:01:45

Embodied Aromatics

2/25/2021
In the second part of a two part series about scent and class, Artist Anicka Yi, academics Hsuan L. Hsu and Nuri McBride, and entrepreneur Mary Richardson-Lowry join us to discuss our aromatic bodies, our aromatic environment, and how scent plays into the concept of “the other”. Airing on Los Angeles' Lookout FM on the second and fourth Thursday of every month and as a podcast thereafter, Perfume on the Radio is a radio show about scent culture, perfumery and olfactory art produced by the...

Duration:00:57:46

The Olfactory Underground

2/11/2021
Guest host Maxwell Williams of UFO Parfums leads an aromatic excursion into the techno scene, with Oval, DJ Python, Isabel Lewis and Maria Golovina from Holynose Parfums. Airing on Los Angeles' Lookout FM on the second and fourth Thursday of every month and as a podcast thereafter, Perfume on the Radio is a radio show about scent culture, perfumery and olfactory art produced by the Institute for Art and Olfaction. Learn more at perfumeontheradio.com With: Markus Popp aka Oval...

Duration:00:58:15

Questions of Class

1/28/2021
So you want to live like the common people? In the first part of a two part series about scent and class, we explore social structures through perfumery. Host Saskia Wilson-Brown is joined by fashion designer Jake Treddenick, perfume historian and museum professional Jessica Murphy (Perfume Professor), fragrance reviewer Miya Porubcan (Fab Smells by Miya), academic Nuri McBride (Death and Scent), PhD candidate Robyn Price (UCLA Cotson Institute), and perfumer/artist Sarah Baker (Sarah Baker...

Duration:00:59:58

Location, Location, Location

1/21/2021
Ahhh... the sweet smell of home. Our inaugural episode explores how location relates to scent as host Saskia Wilson-Brown speaks to several perfumers and artists that work with real or imagined geographies in their practice. First, perfumers Spyros Drosopoulos (Baruti Perfumes), Dana El Masri (Jazmin Saraï) and Frank Bloem (The Snifferoo) talk about scent in relation to culture and location. Dr. Kate McLean then joins us to discuss her pioneering work mapping smells in cities, followed by...

Duration:01:06:32