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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
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Big Scary Momo Show July 23, 2014 | 11:30 pm

Cryptozoological roundup featuring Sasquatches, Burmese Monkey Men, and a “blue” Momo (Missouri Monster)—with legendary rocker Joey Skidmore, composer Michael Henry, and the voices of Rhondda Francis and Beth Enloe.
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Elvis: A Space Odyssey July 30, 2014 | 11:30 pm

"We deal with Elvis as a cultural icon, as a kind of transcendental outside-time entity with mythological and sociological ramifications," Dwight Frizzell said...The program's Elvis music will be 'altered slightly' with mixing in of Olmec chants, Peruvian instrumentation and 'musique concrete,' which Frizzell called 'tape manipulated sounds from the environment.' Get ready Elvis, wherever you are.”--Brian McTavish, The Kansas City Star
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H for Thermonuclear Device August 6, 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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Big Scary UFO Show July 16, 2014 | 11:30 pm

Curious acausal time‐links between the Children’s Crusade of 1212 AD Europe, a Killer Clown infestation in 1970’s Kansas City, and the 1897 airship flap in Aurora, Texas. Featuring Patrick Clancy, Rodney Franks, and composer Ed Herrmann.
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Elaine Lee’s TRANSMARS TANGO July 9, 2014 | 11:30 pm

The Ark presents an off-world, gender-bending sci-fi adventure by cyber-sex fashionista Elaine Lee (Starstruck, Vamps, Honey West) starring Phil Proctor (Firesign Theatre) & Robin Miles (Maya’s Soul), directed by Brian Price with music by Dwight Frizzell, Julia Thro & Patrick Conway. A National Audio Theatre Festivals production. Recommended for adults & sneaky teens.
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Seeds From The Sun May 28, 2014 | 11:30 pm

Sun Ra’s music, lyrics and poetry performed by Gamelan Sekkar Jaya, Art Hoyle, Eugene Chadbourne, The Residents, Georgio Gaslini, MC5, Elliott Sharp, Thurston Moore, and BCR.
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Thus Spake Ra May 21, 2014 | 11:30 pm

Narrated by cosmo-jazz master Sun Ra himself as assembled from rare interviews from 1979-1992. Music, songs, and space-chants are provided by Sun Ra and his Astro-Infinity Arkestra
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Truman On Energy May 14, 2014 | 11:30 pm

Harry S. Truman impersonator Raymond Starzman explores energy policy from the past with implications for our future.
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Phenomenological Telephone April 30, 2014 | 11:30 pm

From psycho-sexual contrivance to the emergent world brain–the social history of the telephone is explored with no angle unturned–featuring Sarah Montague, Don Harvey, Ellen Zweig, and special guest Tantrika Patricia Johnson.
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Electric Dialect April 23, 2014 | 11:30 pm

Electricity, that invisible, inner, sexual and mysterious fire transferred between bodies, transports us to a time when old technologies were new.
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Apocalypse Untold April 16, 2014 | 11:30 pm

The Apocalypse is revealed in an upbeat musical composed and performed by Kansas City's Black Crack Revue featuring songs such as "'Headed Toward Extinction", "Dinosaur Breakfast", and "666 Dub".
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Parker’s Planet 2: Yardbird in the Space Age April 9, 2014 | 11:30 pm

Featuring Chuck Haddix, Dick Wright, and Rodney Franks.
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Parker’s Planet 1: Yardbird in the Space Age April 2, 2014 | 11:30 pm

"A totally new, inspirational way of thinking--a fresh, freedom-loving and articulate voice, as diaphanous as mist and as hard as nails--came shimmering up the river from twilit New Orleans, threading smokily through R&B Oklahoma, and then, once energized by an onslaught of Saint-Vitus like dance rhythms, transformed violin-laced Kansas City theater orchestras into havens for madly-syncopating, blues-inflecting tone poets..."
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Star Seed March 26, 2014 | 11:30 pm

When sound artist Daniel Warneke played the metal disc he created by mapping the northern hemisphere’s stars to its surface, a 19th century music box twinkled out a star song. Warneke’s piece, “Stella’s Starlight”, utilizes the bell-like sonorities of the aptly-named “Stella” music box from the Marr Sound Archives. Stella’s metal reeds are plucked in sync to the disc’s star field rotation, setting the high ringing overtones in motion once the music box is wound tight and the clutch released.
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Hidden Touch March 19, 2014 | 11:30 pm

The Hall of Mirrors shatters--Orson Welles multiplies through his own alternative endings to Citizen Kane, and the dark recesses in Touch Of Evil.
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The Irish Wilderness March 12, 2014 | 11:30 pm

"Part composition, part horspiel, The Irish Wilderness uses field recordings of the 'wondrous springs' of Ripley and Oregon Counties, Missouri, interleaved with 'traditional tunes known to the Irish Catholics (circa 1859)' to document the tragic history of the Irish settlers..." --Dan Warburton, Signal to Noise.
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Other Side of Orson March 5, 2014 | 11:30 pm

Orson Welles' lesser known projects such as It's All True, Othello and The Other Side of the Wind are re-staged in radiophonic space. With Bill Dye as Orson Welles.
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Seeds From The Sun February 26, 2014 | 11:30 pm

Sun Ra's music, lyrics and poetry performed by GameIan Sekkar Jaya, Art Hoyle, Eugene Chadbourne, The Residents, Georgio Gaslini, MC5, Elliott Sharp, Thurston Moore, and BCR.
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Solar Flare: Sun Ra Riffs the Blues KC Style February 19, 2014 | 11:30 pm

If jazz is happiness, as Sun Ra contends, then the blues is a vehicle for transformation--the pathway to rise above the unenlightened savagery of the terrestrial sphere.
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Astro Blackness February 12, 2014 | 11:30 pm

"It's after the end of the world. Don't you know that yet?" Sun Ra with June Tyson and the Cosmo-Myth Arkestra visit a post-Apocalypse Earth.
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Thus Spake Ra February 5, 2014 | 11:30 pm

Narrated by cosmo-jazz master Sun Ra himself as assembled from rare interviews from 1979-1992. Music, songs, and space-chants are provided by Sun Ra and his Astro-Infinity Arkestra
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New Ring Around Saturn: The Legacy of Sun Ra, Part 3 January 29, 2014 | 11:30 pm

Sun Ra's cosmic journey takes us into the Beyond as June Tyson joins the Arkestra for performances at the Great Pyramid of Giza, and in New York City and Oakland, California.
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New Ring Around Saturn: The Legacy of Sun Ra, Part 2 January 22, 2014 | 11:30 pm

The life and times of Sun Ra continues, from his experiments with new electronic keyboards in the 1950s to the stellar performances and recording session in 1960's New York City.
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New Ring Around Saturn: The Legacy of Sun Ra, Part 1 January 15, 2014 | 11:30 pm

A musical and metaphysical history of the cosmo-jazz master Sun Ra from his mythical origins in Ancient Egypt through his childhood in Depression-era Birmingham, Alabama, to his Afro-spiritual quest with Fletcher Henderson in 1950s Chicago.
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Heavenly Arcana: Swedenborg’s Tour of the Planets January 8, 2014 | 11:30 pm

Guest host Emmanuel Swedenborg (channeled by actor Matt Wilson) is our cosmological guide.
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Circle of Love: The Soul-Journey of Emanuel Swedenborg
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January 1, 2014 | 11:30 pm

"...He would see that which earthly eyes do not see: the fierce geometry, the crystal labyrinth of God and the sordid milling of infernal delights."--JL Borges
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Divine Sparks: Gnostic Voices from Nag Hammadi to Berkeley December 18, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Voices released from ancient hidden texts…Voices of living information that slumbered in the buried codices at Nag Hammadi for centuries…Ancient voices of a plasmate living through us as information. With Arnold Young as Philip K. Dick, Bill Dye as the voice of the Plasmate, and Gerald Trimble’s cittern.
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Counterclock Worlds of Philip K. Dick, Part 2 December 11, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Sci-fi visionary Phil Dick's work is illuminated along with the vastly-active future implications.
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Counterclock Worlds of Philip K. Dick, Part 1 December 4, 2013 | 11:30 pm

The seminal sci-fi author ("Blade Runner") and pataphysician Philip K. Dick's explorations of alternative worlds and techno-dilemmas. With Arnold Young as Philip K. Dick.
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Truman Thanksgiving Fireside Chat November 27, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Harry Truman returns to the future to be with you for a special Thanksgiving Fireside Chat.
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Hidden Touch, Missing Kane and Other Orsonic Dilemmas November 20, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Today on From Ark To Microchip, the Hall of Mirrors shatters and Orson Welles multiplies through his own alternative endings to Citizen Kane, and the dark recesses in Touch of Evil.
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Phenomenological Telephone November 13, 2013 | 11:30 pm

The tantalizing social history of the telephone with special guest Tantrika Patricia Johnson.
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Electric Dialect November 6, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Electricity, that invisible, inner, sexual and mysterious fire transferred between bodies, transports us to a time when old technologies were new.
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Postmodern Prometheus October 30, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Featuring Susie Ersahin and newEar "…disembodied voices intoned excerpts from Mary Shelley's rankenstein …a whole crew of assistants produced sound effects‐‐a creaking gate (real), boots on gravel (ditto), thunder (gravel in a big balloon) and rain (a garden sprinkler emptied into a tub of water)…the effect was perfect...a real ear‐cleanser.." ‐‐ Kansas City Star
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Building the Earth October 23, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Featuring Bruce Prince-Joseph as Pierre Teilhard with the newEar chamber ensemble.

"...pitches a reading of Jesuit theological philosophy into a simmering stew of prepared sounds and live instruments, and suggests Birtwistle trying to score ET." --The London Sunday Times

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This Audible Earth October 16, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Cage's concept of pan-aurality is engaged by young audio artists seeking to make the inaudible audible. With KCAI students Kristin Miltner, Lisa Ramsey, Kristian Ball, Beniah Leuske, Jennie Pakradooni, Kristie Drew and Leja Goodman with instructor Dwight Frizzell. This program was a recipient of a Radio Works Special Selection Award.
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Laika or Not? October 9, 2013 | 11:30 pm

The space dog, Laika, of humble origin, blessed with only a Christian name, bred and housebroken on the amber steppes of Mother Russia, was a simple, unpretentious canine that would soon be world-famous for her daring exploits and globe-spanning heartbeat telecasts.
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Slippages October 2, 2013 | 11:30 pm

"A musical interpretation of Kansas City Art Institute faculty member Warren Rosser's large-scale paintings....orchestrated for clarinet, bass clarinet, and a pair of 'zwooms', physically imposing instruments that resemble wide-mouthed hoses with woodwind mouthpieces attached at one end."

--Robert Eisele, The Kansas City Star

Featuring interviews with Warren Rosser and the woodwinds of Thomas Aber and Dwight Frizzell.

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Star Seed September 25, 2013 | 11:30 pm

"I am the voice of awakening in the eternal night." --Gnostic hymn

A Stella Music Box (courtesy of the Marr Sound Archives) playing a star-field disk (created by Daniel Warneke), time-stretching technology, cosmo-minded newEar musicians and a Hathorian priestess make cosmic music. With Jay Mandeville, Daniel Warneke, Rhondda Francis, Chuck Haddix, and Dwight Frizzell.

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Three Ghosts: Erik, Marcel, and John September 18, 2013 | 11:30 pm

A 1980 stand-up performance by John Cage is reimagined and revisited.
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Indeterminate Moments with John Cage September 11, 2013 | 11:30 pm

The second in a series celebrating the life of John Cage.
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John Cage 2nd Century September 4, 2013 | 11:30 pm

John Cage 2nd Century features new works celebrating the second hundred years of artist/composer/philosopher John Cage's music and influence.
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Postmodern Prometheus August 28, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' is enhanced by sound.
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Dawn of the Elvisians August 21, 2013 | 11:30 pm

A reinterpretation of Elvis Presley's music is featured today.
Tune in for a chance to win an Elvis at Stax CD, Courtesy of Legacy Recordings
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Elvis: A Space Odyssey August 14, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Elvis' music undergoes a sound reconstruction on today's episode. Tune in to win an Elvis at Stax CD courtesy of Legacy Recordings
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Truman on Energy August 7, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Truman tribute artist Raymond Starzmann is featured this afternoon.
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Electric Dialect July 31, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Old technologies are new again on this week's edition!
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Laika or Not? July 24, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Laika, the Russian space dog, is featured on today's installment.
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Big, Scary Momo July 17, 2013 | 11:30 pm

On today's edition of From Ark to Microchip, it's a cryptozoological roundup.
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Big, Scary UFO July 10, 2013 | 11:30 pm

This week on From Ark to Microchip, we discuss curious acausal time links
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H for Thermonuclear July 3, 2013 | 11:30 pm

On today's From Ark to Microchip, it's a fascinating half-hour of experimental music, as 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--atmospheric effects, shock waves, electromagnetic pulse waves, and biological effects.
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In Praise of the Midland Sun June 26, 2013 | 11:30 pm

This week's From Ark to Microchip features performers channeling solar energy into beautiful music.
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International Radio Solstice June 19, 2013 | 11:30 pm

The first time the world satellite network was used connecting musicians on several continents.
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Scrat June 12, 2013 | 11:30 pm

“A joyous celebration of the pagan roots of man, reinterpreted through the prism of modern technology…linking the folklore of Scrat Rut (an old German hobgoblin figure) to the work of the
18th century inventor Volta, via the traditional Maypole dance; en route, making observations
about the human 'electricity' that is generated by human energy (particularly sexual energy).”
‐‐Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector (UK)
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Contacting the Other June 5, 2013 | 11:30 pm

In a very real ‘you are what you eat’ sense of the word, psycho-active plants are us and we are them. Contacting the other is just a mirror, but looking within may surprise us by its strangeness.
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Heavenly Arcana: Swedenborg’s Tour of the Planets May 29, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Guest host Emmanuel Swedenborg (channeled by actor Matt Wilson) is our cosmological guide through the solar system.
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Circle of Love: The Soul‐Journey of Emanuel Swedenborg May 22, 2013 | 11:30 pm

“Taller than the others this man walked among them, at a distance, now and then calling the angels by their secret names. He would see that which earthly eyes do not see: The fierce geometry, the crystal labyrinth of God and the sordid milling of infernal delights.” ‐‐JL Borges
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Truman on Energy May 15, 2013 | 11:30 pm

From plowing Grandview fields with a bull‐tongue, to crafting the Rural Electrification Act, to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki…Harry S. Truman re‐enactor Raymond Starzmann explores energy policy from the past with implications for our future.
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Harry’s Shadow May 8, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Harry’s Shadow’ explores, in a style that can be solemn but more often veers into the absurd, what it was like growing up as Harry Truman’s neighbor. “‐‐Aaron Barnhart, The Kansas City Star
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Hidden Touch May 1, 2013 | 11:30 pm

The Hall of Mirrors shatters--Orson Welles multiplies through his own alternative endings to Citizen Kane, and the dark recesses in Touch of Evil.
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Out of Time April 24, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Featuring newEar and soprano Patrician Johnson “...a 30-minute dramatization of a woman isolated in a damp, echoing cave. Removed from all time cues, she becomes obsessive-compulsive, brushing her teeth, free-associating words...”--Scott Cantrell, The Kansas City Star
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Sonic Force April 17, 2013 | 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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The Other Side of Orson April 10, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Orson Welles’s lesser known projects such as It’s All True, Othello and The Other Side of the Wind are re-staged in radiophonic space. With Bill Dye as Orson Welles.
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Divine Sparks: Gnostic Voices from Nag Hammadi to Berkeley April 3, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Voices released from ancient hidden texts…Voices of living information that slumbered in the buried codices at Nag Hammadi for centuries..Ancient voices of a plasmate living through us as information.
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Counterclock Worlds of Philip K. Dick, Part 2 March 27, 2013 | 11:30 pm

The seminal sci‐fi author (“Bladerunner”) and pataphysician Philip K. Dick’s explorations of alternative worlds and techno‐dilemmas. With Arnold Young as Philip K. Dick.
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Counterclock Worlds of Philip K. Dick, Part 1 March 20, 2013 | 11:30 pm

The seminal sci‐fi author (“Bladerunner”) and pataphysician Philip K. Dick’s explorations of alternative worlds and techno‐dilemmas. With Arnold Young as Philip K. Dick.
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The Irish Wilderness: A Phantasmic Meditation March 13, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Winner of the Golden Reel Award for Audio Theater. Performed by the National Audio Theatre Festivals. “Part composition, part hoÅNrspiel...The Irish Wilderness uses field recordings of the ‘wondrous springs’ of Ripley and Oregon counties, Missouri, interleaved with ‘traditional tunes known to the Irish Catholics (circa 1859)’ to document the tragic history of the Irish settlers...”‐‐Dan Warburton, Signal to Noise.
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Star Seed March 6, 2013 | 11:30 pm

A Stella Music Box (courtesy the Marr Sound Archives) playing a star‐field disk (created by Daniel Warneke), time‐stretching technology, cosmo‐minded newEar musicians and an Hathorian priestess make cosmic music.
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Contacting the Other: Amazing Psychotropic Tales February 27, 2013 | 11:30 pm

“In a very real ‘you are what you eat’ sense of the word, psycho‐active plants are us and we are them. Contacting the other is just a mirror, but looking within may surprise us by its strangeness‐‐yet concomitantly reassure us with its primeval been‐there‐done‐that familiarity and amplitude. For nature’s pharmacy reaffirms the ecstatic core that is at the fruitful heart of every compassionate religion and every human impulse leading outward, feet planted and hands extended, to greet our celestial siblings on some future shore.” ‐‐Jay Mandeville.
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DARWIN, the musical drama, part 2 February 20, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Part two of the musical drama as performed by the National Audio Theatre Festival starring Richard Fish.
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DARWIN, the musical drama, part 1 February 13, 2013 | 11:30 pm

The adventurous life of Charles Darwin with period music and nature soundscapes, told through his own words as well as the voices of those who knew him – both his attackers and defenders.
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Seeds from the Sun February 6, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Sun Ra’s music, lyrics and poetry performed by Gamelan Sekkar Jaya, Art Hoyle, Eugene Chadbourne, The Residents, Georgio Gaslini, MC5, Elliott Sharp, Thurston Moore, and BCR
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Solar Flare: Sun Ra riffs the blues Kansas City Style January 30, 2013 | 11:30 pm

If jazz is happiness, as Sun Ra contends, then the blues is a vehicle for transformation—the pathway to rise above the unenlightened savagery of the terrestrial sphere. Sun Ra jumps the blues Kansas City style as influenced by their many gigs at rib joints, lofts, dance halls and theaters in the Midwest in the 1980s. With commentary by Chuck Haddix, author of “Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop.”
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Thus Spake Ra January 23, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Narrated by Sun Ra from rare interviews 1979‐1992. Music, songs and space‐chants Sun Ra and his Astro‐Infinity Arkestra featuring June Tyson, John Gilmore and Marshall Allen
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New Ring Around Saturn: The Legacy of Sun Ra, part 3 January 16, 2013 | 11:30 pm

June Tyson joins Sun Ra’s cosmo-journey for Arkestra performances at the Great Pyramid of Giza, and in New York City and Oakland, California.
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New Ring Around Saturn: The Legacy of Sun Ra, part 2 January 9, 2013 | 11:30 pm

The life and times of Sun Ra from his experiments with new electronic keyboards in the 1950s to the stellar performances and recording sessions in 1960’s New York City.
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New Ring Around Saturn: The Legacy of Sun Ra, part 1 January 2, 2013 | 11:30 pm

Jazz master Sun Ra’s musical/metaphysical journey from his origins in Ancient Egypt, to his childhood in depression‐era Birmingham, and Afro-spiritual quest with Fletcher Henderson in 1950s Chicago. Featuring Chuck Haddix (author “Kansas City Jazz”) and Patrick Neas.
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DIVINE SPARKS: GNOSTIC VOICES from NAG HAMMADI to BERKELEY December 26, 2012 | 11:30 pm

Voices released from ancient hidden texts…Voices of living information that slumbered in the buried codices at Nag Hammadi for centuries..Ancient voices of a plasmate living through us as information. With Arnold Young as Philip K. Dick, Bill Dye as the voice of the Plasmate, and Gerald Trimble’s cittern.
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APOCALYPSE UNTOLD December 19, 2012 | 11:30 pm

The Apocalypse revealed in an upbeat musical performed by Kansas City’s Black Crack Revue featuring songs “Headed Toward Extinction” and “Dinosaur Breakfast.”
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COUNTERCLOCK WORLDS OF PHILIP K. DICK, Part 2 December 12, 2012 | 11:30 pm

The seminal sci‐fi author (“Bladerunner”) and pataphysician Philip K. Dick’s explorations of alternative worlds and techno‐dilemmas. With Arnold Young as Philip K. Dick.
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COUNTERCLOCK WORLDS OF PHILIP K. DICK December 5, 2012 | 11:30 pm

The seminal sci‐fi author (“Bladerunner”) and pataphysician Philip K. Dick’s explorations of alternative worlds and techno‐dilemmas. With Arnold Young as Philip K. Dick.
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PHENOMENOLOGICAL TELEPHONE November 28, 2012 | 11:30 pm

From psycho-sexual contrivance to the emergent world brain--the social history of the telephone is explored with no angle unturned
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TRUMAN THANKSGIVING FIRESIDE CHAT November 21, 2012 | 11:30 pm

Harry S. Truman returns to the future for a Thanksgiving Fireside Chat—with Truman re-enactor Raymond Starzman, Richard Nixon (as himself) and host Dwight Frizzell.
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The Other Side of Orson November 14, 2012 | 11:30 pm

Orson Welles’s lesser known projects such as It’s All True, Othello and The Other Side of the Wind are re-staged in radiophonic space.
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Orson Welles: Hidden Touch November 7, 2012 | 11:30 pm

The Hall of Mirrors shatters--Orson Welles multiplies through his own alternative endings to Citizen Kane, and the dark recesses in Touch of Evil.
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Postmodern Prometheus October 31, 2012 | 11:30 pm

Featuring Susie Ersahin and newEar "…disembodied voices intoned excerpts from Mary Shelley's

Frankenstein …a whole crew of assistants produced sound effects‐‐a creaking gate (real), boots on gravel (ditto), thunder (gravel in a big balloon) and rain (a garden sprinkler emptied into a tub of water)…the effect was perfect...a real ear‐cleanser.." ‐‐ Kansas City Star

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Harry’s Shadow October 10, 2012 | 11:30 pm

From Ark to Microchip co-producer grew up in Harry's Shadow in Independence, MO. What was that like?
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Truman: Buck Stops October 3, 2012 | 11:30 pm

Harry Truman re-enactor Raymond Starzman will be a guest in a live episode of From Ark to Microchip. You can call in your questions during the broadcast at 816 931 5534 or leave your question here in the comment section.
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This Audible Earth September 26, 2012 | 11:30 pm

Cage’s concept of pan-aurality is engaged by young audio artists seeking to make the inaudible audible. With Kristin Miltner, Lisa Ramsey, Kristian Ball, Beniah Leuske, Jennie Pakradooni, Kristie Drew and Leja Goodman. Recipient of a Radio Works Special Selection Award.
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Three Ghosts: Erik, Marcel and John September 19, 2012 | 11:30 pm

John Cage, in his own stand‐up comic performance recorded in Lawrence, Kansas in 1980, conjures the ghosts of Erik Satie, Marcel Duchamp and himself. Dr. Andrew Granade tightens the screws inside a prepared piano. Erik Satie provides the furniture music, as arranged by Jeffrey Ruckman and played by newEar.
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Indeterminate Moments with John Cage September 12, 2012 | 11:30 pm

The life of John Cage produced in the style of his radio work, complete with bifurcating timeline. With performance artists Ellen Zweig and Tony Allard. Written by Dwight Frizzell and Jay Mandeville.
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Cage – Second Century September 5, 2012 | 11:30 pm

The 2nd century of John Milton Cage, composer, philosopher, humorist, and passionate mushroom enthusiast, is here, now, everywhere-at-once, and dwelling unshakably within the moving spirit of our own era. With the wit and intensity of John Cage's inspired attempts to open the Ears of Perception, are six present-day dreamquesters -- Patrick Clancy, Ellen Zweig, Cliff Baldwin, Jeffrey Ruckman, Ed Herrmann, and Dwight Frizzell.
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Dawn of the Elvisians August 22, 2012 | 11:30 pm

Dancing on the coat tails of an esoteric stream of religious healers, Gnostic agencies and dancing saviors, Elvis Presley is omnipresent in his voice and its intoned physicality. With the cittern of Gerald Trimble, voice of Rhondda Francis, love offering of Liz Amsbry, reportage of Laura Spencer, and original music by Ed Herrmann and Michael Henry.
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Elvis: A Space Odyssey August 15, 2012 | 11:30 pm

We deal with Elvis as a cultural icon, as a kind of transcendental outside‐time entity withmythological and sociological ramifications," Dwight Frizzell said...The program's Elvis music will be 'altered slightly' with mixing in of Olmec chants, Peruvian instrumentation and 'musique concrete,' which Frizzell called 'tape manipulated sounds from the environment.' "We're floating in post‐Elvisian free space, right now..’.”‐‐Brian McTavish,The Kansas City Star
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Laika or Not? August 8, 2012 | 11:30 pm

Laika, the first dog in space.
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CONTACTING THE OTHER: Amazing Psychotropic Tales August 1, 2012 | 11:30 pm

In a very real ‘you are what you eat’ sense of the word, psycho‐active plants are us and we are them. Contacting the Other is just a mirror, but looking within may surprise us by its strangeness‐‐yet concomitantly reassure us with its primeval been‐there‐done‐that familiarity and amplitude.
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COUNTERCLOCK WORLDS of PHILIP K. DICK July 18, 2012 | 11:30 pm

The seminal sci‐fi author (“Bladerunner”) and pataphysician Philip K. Dick’s explorations of alternative worlds and techno‐dilemmas.
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Big Scary UFO Show July 11, 2012 | 11:30 pm

Curious acausal time‐links between the Children’s Crusade of 1212 AD Europe, a Killer Clown infestation in 1970’s Kansas City, and the 1897 airship flap in Aurora, Texas. Featuring Patrick Clancy, Rodney Franks, and composer Ed Herrmann.
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Harry’s Shadow | 11:30 pm

" 'Harry's Shadow' explores, in a style that can be solemn, but more often veers into the absurd, what it was like growing up as Harry Truman's neighbor..." --Aaron Barnhart, The Kansas City Star
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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, 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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