Wednesday at 11:30 pm

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

H for Thermonuclear Device and Remote Ensemble August 5, 2015 | 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.

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Elvis: A Space Odyssey August 12, 2015 | 11:30 pm

"… Elvis as a cultural icon, a transcendental outside-time entity with mythological and sociological ramifications…'altered slightly' with mixing in of Olmec chants.”

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Dawn of the Elvisians August 19, 2015 | 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.

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Parker’s Planet: Yardbird in the Space Age, Part 3 August 26, 2015 | 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..."

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Indeterminate Moments with John Cage September 2, 2015 | 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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John Cage 2nd Century September 9, 2015 | 11:30 pm

From Ark To Microchip playfully eavesdrops on the chance-taking sonic excursions of six present-day dream-questers in the Cagean tradition of the unexpected and the indeterminate—Pat Clancy, Ellen Zweig, Cliff Baldwin, Jeffrey Ruckman, Ed Herrmann & Dwight Frizzell.

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Electric Dialect October 7, 2015 | 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 21, 2015 | 11:30 pm

"…disembodied voices intoned excerpts from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein …a whole crew of assistants produced sound effects‐‐ the effect was perfect...a real ear‐cleanser.." ‐‐ KC Star

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Apocalypse Untold October 28, 2015 | 11:30 pm

The Apocalypse is revealed—upbeat and tunefully danceable in songs such as “Headed Toward Extinction,” and “Dinosaur Breakfast".

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Laika or Not? November 4, 2015 | 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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Inaudible Postscript November 11, 2015 | 11:30 pm

A coda on radio’s disembodied voices and the subsequent unwriting of history. Official Listening Selection at Hear Now Festival 2015!

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Phenomenological Telephone November 18, 2015 | 11:30 pm

The tantalizing social history of the telephone with special guest Tantrika Patricia Johnson.

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Truman Thanksgiving November 25, 2015 | 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.

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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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