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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

Phenomenological Telephone: Guest Vocalist Patricia Johnson February 10, 2016 | 11:30 pm

The anonymous quality of the phone operator profession encouraged the subversive instincts the earliest generation of hacks, or as they came to be called, hackers. Using the system against itself was a primary ingredient of the communication revolution from its very advent…

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“Inaudible Postscript”: Special Selection Award, Hear Now Festival February 24, 2016 | 11:30 pm

A mental sphere is exponentially thickening...complexifying, expanding in space, increasing in conversant depth, more compact within, absorbing energy in its syntheses from without, and joining the cephalic thrust of human energy itself.

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Contacting the Other: Amazing Psychotropic Tales March 2, 2016 | 11:30 pm

In a very real ‘you are what you eat’ sense, psycho-active plants are us and we are them.

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Scrat: Special Guest Violinist Betse Ellis March 9, 2016 | 11:30 pm

“A joyous celebration of the pagan roots of humanity…”

--Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector (UK)

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Irish Wilderness: Winner, Golden Reel Award March 16, 2016 | 11:30 pm

“Part composition, part hörspiel...the tragic history of the Irish settlers...”

--Dan Warburton, Signal to Noise

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Sonic Force: Performed By newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble March 23, 2016 | 11:30 pm

“Flaring motors and snorting exhaust…blurring the lines between music and machine.” --Andrew Miller, The Pitch

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Big Scary Momo Show With Legendary Rocker Joey Skidmore March 30, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Cryptozoological roundup of Sasquatches, and Momo (Missouri Monster).

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This Audible Earth: Featuring Kansas City Art Institute Students April 6, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Making the inaudible audible—with sound artists Kristin Miltner, Lisa Ramsey, Kristian Ball, Beniah Leuske, Jennie Pakradooni, Kristie Drew and Leja Goodman.

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Sonic Séance for Thomas Hart Benton April 13, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Recorded in Benton’s own studio on his 125th anniversary—with Rev. William Bradley (saw), Joseph Watson (didgeridoo), Molly Dillon (trombone), Colin Ziha (jembe), Zak Voss (percussion), & Dwight Frizzell (harmonica, flute, WX5).

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Visual Music April 20, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Young artists from the Kansas City Art Institute make synaesthetic music-- with Sebastion Thomas, Cory Ferriera, Matt Johnson, Joey Watson, Frances Maley and Ernesto Flores.

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Other Side of Orson April 27, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Orson Welles’s visually precocious 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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Harry’s Shadow: Peabody Awarded May 4, 2016 | 11:30 pm

“…a bittersweet goodbye by a famous man to his boyhood home.”

‐‐Francis Ford Coppola, Lost & Found Sound

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Truman on Energy featuring Raymond Starzmann May 11, 2016 | 11:30 pm

From plowing Grandview fields with a bull‐tongue, to crafting the Rural Electrification Act, to Hiroshima and Nagasaki…

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Thus Spake Ra: Featuring Sun Ra May 18, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Cosmo‐jazz master Sun Ra from rare interviews 1979‐1992. Music and space‐chants provided by Sun Ra and his Astro‐Infinity Arkestra with June Tyson, John Gilmore & Marshall Allen.

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Solar Flare: Sun Ra Riffs The KC Blues May 25, 2016 | 11:30 pm

If jazz is happiness, as Sun Ra says, then the blues is a vehicle for transformation—the pathway to rise above the unenlightened savagery of the terrestrial sphere. Sun Ra & the Cosmo-Myth Arkestra re-energize the KC jump-blues in their Midwest gigs at rib joints, lofts, dance halls and theaters in the 1980s. With Chuck Haddix, author of Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop.

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Recent episodes

Electric Dialect: Featuring Electronic Composer Ed Herrmann February 3, 2016 | 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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Circle of Love: The Soul‐Journey of Emanuel Swedenborg January 27, 2016 | 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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Heavenly Arcana: Swedenborg’s Tour of the Planets January 20, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Guest host Emmanuel Swedenborg is our spirit-guide to other worlds, other flesh. Emanuel Swedenborg (b. Jan. 29th, 1688) Birthday Special.

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WorldMix Nagoya: From the Intl’ Symposium on Electronic Art in Japan January 13, 2016 | 11:30 pm

The audio ecology of Nagoya, Japan, reaches galactic space..a time-capsule…a magnetic fossil.

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WorldMix Montreal: From Champ Libre’s 3rd Manifestation in Canada January 6, 2016 | 11:30 pm

International gene-splicer Tony Allard and a community of young artists abandon the borders of territory for a more democratic, less corporate space-time. The soundscapes of Montreal, Kansas City, and the world mingle in this collective-intelligence net.

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Elaine Lee’s TRANSMARS TANGO December 30, 2015 | 11:30 pm

The Ark presents an off-world, gender-bending sci-fi adventure by cyber-sex fashionista Elaine Lee (Starstruck, Vamps, Honey West)

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Creation Untold December 23, 2015 | 11:30 pm

Which earth are we on? This alternative earth history of our own Cosmo-Genesis narrated by Jay Mandeville and orchestrated by the BCR Ensemble.

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Divine Sparks: Gnostic Voices from Nag Hammadi to Berkeley December 16, 2015 | 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 December 9, 2015 | 11:30 pm

With Arnold Young as Philip K. Dick.

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Counterclock Worlds of Philip K. Dick, Part 1 December 2, 2015 | 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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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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