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 June 8, 2016 | 11:30 pm
The cosmo-jazz story of Sun Ra from his mythical origin in Egypt through his spiritual quest with Fletcher Henderson in 1950s Chicago. Featured commentary by Chuck Haddix (author Kansas City Jazz) and Patrick Neas (Radio Bach host).
Dreamland Diaries: Space Alien Parade July 6, 2016 | 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 13, 2016 | 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 27, 2016 | 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.
Dawn of the Elvisians August 10, 2016 | 11:30 pm
Dancing on the coat tails of an esoteric stream of religious healers, Gnostic agencies and dancingsaviors, Elvis Presley is omnipresent in his voice and its intoned physicality. With original music by Gerald Trimble, singer Rhondda Francis, and reportage by Laura Spencer (Arts Reporter).
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.
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.
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.
Big Scary Momo Show With Legendary Rocker Joey Skidmore March 30, 2016 | 11:30 pm
Cryptozoological roundup of Sasquatches, and Momo (Missouri Monster).
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
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.