20 episodes

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 The Institute for Art and Olfaction

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    • 4.8 • 16 Ratings

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.

    A Moveable Feast

    A Moveable Feast

    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 smell through language
    Miss Layla (Fum Fragrance) exploring the gourmand category
    Sean Raspet (artist) discussing his work with flavoring. 
    Episode premieres on Thu. Feb. 24, 5pm PT on Lookout FM (KGAP 96.7 FM Burbank, KFQM 101.5 FM Pacific Palisades, KLDB 99.1 FM Hollywood, and online at lookout.fm ) and at 6pm PT on a podcast provider near you.

    SONGS:
    Bosnian Swing, by Igor (PremiumBeat.com); Restaurant Sound, inestadeu49 (freesound.org); Ethiopiques by Eshi Era (PremiumBeat.com); Lazy & Drunk by RimskyMusic (PremiumBeat.com); Araguaia Samba  Brazil by Richard Canavan (PremiumBeat.com); 'Perfume on the Radio' theme song, by Emmitt James; 'Moonrise' by Darian Zahedi; Perfume on the Radio Interstitials by Maxwell Williams

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Al Kalima is the Word

    Al Kalima is the Word

    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 calligraphy.
    Perfume in the Radio is a periodic radio show and podcast produced by The Institute for Art and Olfaction for lookout.fm.  
    SONGS:
    ‘The Simple Things in life’ and Paradise Lagoon licensed through PremiumBeats; 'Perfume on the Radio' theme song, by Emmitt James; 'Moonrise' by Darian Zahedi; Perfume on the Radio Interstitials by Maxwell Williams
    This episode premiered on Thu. Nov. 25, 5pm PT on Lookout FM (KGAP 96.7 FM Burbank, KFQM 101.5 FM Pacific Palisades, KLDB 99.1 FM Hollywood, and online at lookout.fm )

    • 58 min
    I'll Find You My Precious

    I'll Find You My Precious

    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. Mason Hainey (Mizu) talks about orris root, how it's processed and what it brings to perfumery. Carlos Morera and Nina Mross (Cactus Store) talk about two very VERY sought after plants, and the impact of human desire on the environment. Matthew Teutimez (Environmental Director Kizh Nation / Gabrieleno) talks about the relationship to the land, and botany, from the Kizh Nation perspective.

    Premiered Nov. 4, 2021, 5pm PT on Lookout FM

    Songs by Emmitt James
    Hosted by Saskia Wilson-Brown

    Perfume in the Radio is produced by The Institute for Art and Olfaction for lookout.fm. Our theme music was composed by Emmitt James, Maxwell Williams and Darian Zahedi.

    SONGS:
    Back in 80s, by Denis, Licensed through premiumbeat.com; Street sounds in Montmartre, Paris, France  by Mxsmanic on freesound.org; 55 by Beatrice Dillon on openmusicarchive.org / (cc) by-sa 4.0; tvilgiat sounds-from-the-atlantic-rainforest (CC0) Courtesy of Freesound.org; Northsea.wav, by inchadney on freesound.org

    And!
    'Perfume on the Radio' theme song, by Emmitt James'Moonrise', by Darian Zahedi Interstital Music, by Maxwell Williams

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Uncharted Territories

    Uncharted Territories

    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 theme music was composed by Emmitt James, Maxwell Williams and Darian Zahedi. 
    SONGS:
    Discovery - STS-26 Liftoff 
    Courtesy of NASA, public domain 
    Discovery STS-131: Sound of Launch 
    Courtesy of NASA, public domain 
    First Audio Recording of Sounds on Mars (Feb. 2021) 
    Courtesy of NASA, public domain 
    Gystav Holst I. Mars, the Bringer of War Performed by USAF Heritage of America Band 
    Courtesy of Musopen.org 
    Gystav Holst II. Venus, the Bringer of Peace Performed by USAF Heritage of America Band  
    Courtesy of Musopen.org 
    tvilgiat sounds-from-the-atlantic-rainforest (CC0) 
    Courtesy of Freesound.org
    And!
    'Perfume on the Radio' theme song
    by Emmitt James

    'Moonrise' 
    by Darian Zahedi 

    Other music
    by Maxwell Williams

    • 54 min
    Wish You Were Here

    Wish You Were Here

    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 Minetta Rogers (the Institute for Art and Olfaction)

    CREDITS
    Perfume in the Radio is produced by The Institute for Art and Olfaction for lookout.fm. Our theme music was composed by Maxwell Williams and Darian Zahedi. 
    SONGS
    'Smell Good Mail' by Emmitt James
    'Morse Code Mail' by Emmitt James
    Both songs commissioned for this episode.

    'Moonrise' by Darian Zahedi
    Perfume on the Radio theme music by Maxwell Williams

    • 1 hr 9 min
    A Perfumer's Nature

    A Perfumer's Nature

    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 (perfumer)
    Sara Rashkin (writer)

    Host: Saskia Wilson-Brown

    ABOUT
    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 title song composed by Maxwell Williams. Additional music composed by Stephen Rimlinger and Darian Zahedi. 

    Music list:
    Moonrise by Darian Zahedi
    Mazurka in b Flat Major, by Frederic Chopin (musopen.org)
    Arabesque No. 1. Andantino con moto, by Claude Debussy (musopen.org )
    Symphony No.3 in D major - IV. Scherzo, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (musopen.org)
    Sounds From the Atlantic Rainforest by Tvilgiat (freesound.com))

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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Brass Tacks

No, that is not a perfume, but a description of what this podcast gets down to- fragrance from basic information to ingredients. There is also an artist’s attention to detail. The interview with Mandy Aftel is a must hear for anyone who loves the art of fragrance creation.

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Great Show

Love the range of topics, the breadth of hosts and interviewees, the attention paid to nearly everything.

Fantastic show!

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