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
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…
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
H for Thermonuclear Device and Remote Ensemble August 2, 2017 | 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…shock waves, atmospheric effects, electromagnetic pulse waves, biological effects.
Laika or Not? July 19, 2017 | 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.
Dreamland Diaries: The Day After Roswell July 5, 2017 | 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.
Dreamland Diaries: Space Alien Parade June 28, 2017 | 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.
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.