Wednesday at 11:30 pm
From Ark to Microchip
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
New Ring Around Saturn: The Legacy of Sun Ra, part 2 May 24, 2017 | 11:30 pm
The life and times of Sun Ra from his experiments with new electronic keyboards in the ‘50s to the stellar performances in 1960’s New York City.
New Ring Around Saturn: The Legacy of Sun Ra, part 3 May 31, 2017 | 11:30 pm
“The real aim of music is to coordinate the minds of the people into an intelligent reach for a better world and an intelligent approach to the living future.” – Sun Ra
Thus Spake Ra June 7, 2017 | 11:30 pm
Narrated by cosmo‐jazz master Sun Ra himself from 1979‐1992 interviews. Music, songs and space‐chants are provided by Sun Ra and his Astro‐Infinity Arkestra with June Tyson, John Gilmore & Marshall Allen. Portions of this program were recorded with Sun Ra in Kansas City.
Dreamland Diaries: Space Alien Parade June 28, 2017 | 11:30 pm
A paradoxical 1997 journey to Roswell, New Mexico for the 50th anniversary of the saucer crash—complete with Space Alien parade, in-person interview with Glenn Dennis (who saw the crash debris), and music by Star-Trek composer Michael Henry.
Dreamland Diaries: The Day After Roswell July 5, 2017 | 11:30 pm
More eruptions of the irrational, detrimental robots from the inner Earth, and Col. Philip Corso himself telling the story of how he parceled crash wreckage from Roswell to the defense-industry who back-engineered the mangled spacecraft creating integrated circuits for computers, fiber optics, and other optical-digital technologies.
Laika or Not? July 19, 2017 | 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.
New Ring Around Saturn: The Legacy of Sun Ra, part 1 May 17, 2017 | 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. Featured commentary by Chuck Haddix (author “Kansas City Jazz”) & Patrick Neas.
Harry’s Shadow May 3, 2017 | 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
“…a bittersweet goodbye by a famous man to his boyhood home.”‐‐Francis Ford Coppola, Lost & Found Sound. Received Peabody Award as part of Lost & Found Sound.
KCAI’s Visual Music April 26, 2017 | 11:30 pm
Collective grooves from visual artists at the Kansas City Art Institute—Emma Daffin, Matt Johnson, Lila Ferber, Cory Ferriera, Dwight Frizzell, Sebastian Thomas, Ian Turpin and Joey Watson. Areas represented: Painting, Filmmaking, Sculpture, Interactive Arts, Illustration, Fiber, Ceramics, Artspace and Social Practice.
Tony Brewer’s The Last Broadcast April 12, 2017 | 11:30 pm
Winner--HEAR NOW Best of Fest Award 2016.
An original drama about zombies, a community radio station, and more zombies! Written & directed by Tony Brewer for the National Audio Theater Festivals. Starring Bill Oakley & Barbara Rosenblat (Orange is the New Black).
Elaine Lee’s TransMars Tango April 5, 2017 | 11:30 pm
“TransMars Tango provides a fresh and original take on transgender issues.” --Radio Drama Starring Phil Proctor (Firesign Theatre) & Robin Miles (Maya’s Soul), directed by Brian Price with music by Patrick Conway, Julia Thro and Dwight Frizzell.
Out of Time March 29, 2017 | 11:30 pm
“...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 on a piece of paper. Soprano Patricia Johnson gave a stunning portrayal of Our Subject (as she is called), dispatching the most disjunct vocal lines with pinpoint tuning and ringing tone...In addition to the live dramatization, with lab-coated “scientists” observing, there were interactions with prerecorded audio tapes and live and recorded video projections.”
Truman on Energy March 22, 2017 | 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.
The Irish Wilderness March 15, 2017 | 11:30 pm
“Part composition, part hörspiel...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...”
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.