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

The Last Broadcast October 25, 2017 | 11:30 pm

Written & directed by Tony Brewer for the National Audio Theater Festivals. An original tale of zombies, radio, zombies and more! Winner HEAR NOW Best of Fest Award 2016.

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Postmodern Prometheus November 1, 2017 | 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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Electric Dialect November 8, 2017 | 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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Phenomenological Telephone November 15, 2017 | 11:30 pm

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

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Truman Thanksgiving November 22, 2017 | 11:30 pm

Truman re-enactor Raymond Starzmann returns to the future with Dwight Frizzell and Francis Ford Coppola. Richard Nixon is resurrected and plays a cruel joke on Harry Truman just like he did in 1969 at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri.

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Visual Music November 29, 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.

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Counterclock Worlds of Philip K. Dick, Part 1 December 6, 2017 | 11:30 pm

Always behind his plot smokescreen of extraterrestrials, future societies, machine paradigms, and counterclock worlds is a full-blown religio-mystic outlook, a theory of reality as we experience it outside fiction—in day-to-day encounters that posit a just-around-the-corner arcanum of phantasmal migrations into the no-longer-future and the unbecoming past.

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Counterclock Worlds, Part 2 December 13, 2017 | 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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Divine Sparks: Gnostic Voices from Nag Hammadi to Berkeley December 20, 2017 | 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 Gnostic guide Philip K. Dick, Bill Dye as the voice of the Plasmate, and Gerald Trimble’s cittern.

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Creation Untold December 27, 2017 | 11:30 pm

Which earth are we on? This alternative world musical Cosmo-Genesis is narrated by Jay Mandeville and orchestrated by the BCR ensemble.

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Recent episodes

Elaine Lee’s TransMars Tango October 18, 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.

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Heavenly Arcana: Swedenborg’s Tour of the Planets October 11, 2017 | 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 October 4, 2017 | 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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Three Ghosts: Erik, Marcel and John September 27, 2017 | 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 20, 2017 | 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. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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John Cage, 2nd Century September 13, 2017 | 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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Parker’s Planet, Part 3 September 6, 2017 | 11:30 pm

Featuring Chuck Haddix (author of Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker) and Dick Wright.

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Parker’s Planet, Part 2 August 30, 2017 | 11:30 pm

Featuring the voices of Joey Skidmore, Margaret LaPique and Rodney Franks.

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Parker’s Planet 1: Yardbird in the Space Age, Part 1 August 23, 2017 | 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…

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Dawn of the Elvisians August 16, 2017 | 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 Henr

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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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