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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

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

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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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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From Ark To Microchip: “Hidden Touch, Missing Kane & Other Orsonic Dilemmas” April 13, 2016 | 11:30 pm

The Hall of Mirrors shatters and Orson Welles diffracts and reforms in his own alternative endings to Citizen Kane, and the dark recesses in Touch of Evil.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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