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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

Dreamland Diaries (PREMIERE) July 8, 2015 | 11:30 pm

The purported saucer crash in 1947 Roswell is investigated in this mind-bending documentary by Rhondda Francis and Dwight Frizzell, complete with Space Alien parade and in-person interview with the late Glenn Dennis who saw the crash debris.

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Seeds from the Sun July 15, 2015 | 11:30 pm

Sun Ra’s music, lyrics and poetry performed by Gamelan Sekkar Jaya, Art Hoyle, Eugene Chadbourne, The Residents, Georgio Gaslini, MC5, Elliott Sharp, Thurston Moore, & BCR.

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In Praise of the Midland Sun July 22, 2015 | 11:30 pm

We are the children of the Midwest Sun; its light has weight, measured musical tones. Composer Ed Herrmann transforms solar energy into waves of radiant sound for the BCR ensemble featuring Thomas Aber and Allaudin Ottinger.

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Solar Flare: Sun Ra Riffs The Blues Kansas City Style July 29, 2015 | 11:30 pm

If jazz is happiness, as Sun Ra contends, then the blues is a vehicle for transformation—the pathway to rise above the unenlightened savagery of the terrestrial sphere.

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H for Thermonuclear Device and Remote Ensemble August 5, 2015 | 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.

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Elvis: A Space Odyssey August 12, 2015 | 11:30 pm

"… Elvis as a cultural icon, a transcendental outside-time entity with mythological and sociological ramifications…'altered slightly' with mixing in of Olmec chants.”

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Dawn of the Elvisians August 19, 2015 | 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.

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Parker’s Planet: Yardbird in the Space Age, Part 3 August 26, 2015 | 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..."

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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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