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From Ark to Microchip

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The provocative “From Ark to Microchip” mixes commentary, dramatic re-enactment, original music, historic voices, audio art and sound effects in a pan-historical, pan-cultural milieu. Programs in The From Ark to Microchip series have received a Golden Reel Award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, an Audio Works Special Selection, a Peabody Award (as part of Lost & Found Sounds) and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Featured Ark luminaries—

  • Charles Darwin, Philip K. Dick, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Diamanda Galas, Elvis Presley, Mary Shelley, Erik Satie, Sun Ra, Emanuel Swedenborg, Harry S. Truman, Orson Welles, among others

Featured Ark performers—

  • Thomas Aber, Tony Allard, Liz Amsbry, Cliff Baldwin, Black Crack Revue, Hafiza Capehart, Don Cherry, Patrick Clancy, William Easton, Betse Ellis, Rich Fish, Rhondda Francis, Rodney Franks, Chuck Haddix, Michael Henry, Ed Herrmann, Kristin Miltner, Charlie Morrow, newEar, Bruce Prince-Joseph, Warren Rosser, Yoshiko Sato, Joey Skidmore, Raymond Starzmann, Gerald Trimble, Jeffrey Ruckman, Ellen Zweig, among others
Upcoming episodes

Truman Thanksgiving November 26, 2014 | 11:30 pm

Truman re-enactor Raymond Starzmann returns to the future with Dwight Frizzell and Francis Ford Coppola, who introduces Truman’s 1957 speech at the ground-breaking ceremony for Truman Corners Shopping Center. Richard Nixon is resurrected in song and documents from his 1969 visit to the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri. Revealed--a secret Bess Truman hid from Harry until now.

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OUT of TIME December 3, 2014 | 11:30 pm

"...Soprano Patricia Johnson gave a stunning portrayal of Our Subject, dispatching the most disjunct vocal lines with pinpoint tuning and ringing tone...”--Scott Cantrell, The Kansas City Star

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SONIC FORCE December 10, 2014 | 11:30 pm

“Co‐composer Dwight Frizzell captured the full range of motion and two fully operational US Air Force attack planes from their flights to their subtle shutdown sounds. Orchestrator Michael Henry then wrote a score, using traditional (military band) instruments to echo the flaring motors and snorting exhaust. The (National Audio Theatre) plays the piece with stunt‐pilot daring, blurring the lines between music and machine.”—Andrew Miller, The Pitch

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H for THERMONUCLEAR DEVICE December 17, 2014 | 11:30 pm

The short and long term effects of the B62a‐mod 11 nuclear bomb (stockpiled at Whiteman Air Force Base) are mapped to the newEar contemporary chamber ensemble…shock waves, atmospheric effects, electromagnetic pulse waves, biological effects.

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CREATION UNTOLD December 24, 2014 | 11:30 pm

An alternative musical history of our own Cosmo-Genesis narrated by Jay Mandeville and orchestrated by the BCR ensemble.

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APOCALYPSE UNTOLD December 31, 2014 | 11:30 pm

The Apocalypse is revealed in an upbeat musical created by Kansas City’s Black Crack Revue featuring songs such as “Headed Toward Extinction,” and “Dinosaur Breakfast".

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Dwight Frizzell

Dwight Frizzell is an internationally recognized artist whose interdisciplinary work combines video, performance, installation, music, audio art and writing. He has been producing the “From Ark to Microchip” series with Jay Mandeville since 1984.

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Jay Mandeville | Email me

Jay Mandeville, host of "From Ark to Microchip," is a poet, essayist, editor, voice actor, and erstwhile
jazz crooner, is a native Kansas Citian, and currently resituated in
Independence, Missouri.

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