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 Other Side of Orson April 25, 2018 | 11:30 pm

Orson Welles’s lesser known 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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KCAI’s Visual Music May 2, 2018 | 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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Harry’s Shadow May 9, 2018 | 11:30 pm

“‘Harry’s Shadow’ explores, in a style that can be solemn but more often veers into the absurd, what it was like growing up as Harry Truman’s neighbor. “‐‐Aaron Barnhart, The Kansas City Star


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Truman on Energy May 16, 2018 | 11:30 pm

From plowing Grandview fields with a bull‐tongue, to crafting the Rural Electrification Act, to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki…Harry S. Truman re‐enactor Raymond Starzmann explores energy policy from the past with implications for our future.


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Thus Spake Ra May 23, 2018 | 11:30 pm

Narrated by cosmo‐jazz master Sun Ra himself from 1979‐1992 interviews. Music, songs and space‐chants are provided by Sun Ra and his Astro‐Infinity Arkestra with June Tyson, John Gilmore & Marshall Allen. Portions of this program were recorded with Sun Ra in Kansas City.
“The light of the future casts the shadows of tomorrow.”—Sun Ra


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Seeds from the Sun May 30, 2018 | 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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Recent episodes

Hidden Touch, Missing Kane and Other Orsonic Dilemmas April 18, 2018 | 11:30 pm

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


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Scrat April 11, 2018 | 11:30 pm

“A joyous celebration of the pagan roots of man, reinterpreted through the prism of modern technology…” Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector (UK)


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Contacting the Other: Amazing Psychotropic Tales April 4, 2018 | 11:30 pm

Psycho-active plants are us and we are them. Contacting the other is just a mirror, but looking within may surprise us by its strangeness with detailed ear-witness reports from: Anais Nin, Aldous Huxley, Mezz Mezzrow, Henri Michaux, and Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven.


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WorldMix Montreal March 28, 2018 | 11:30 pm

Tony Allard, Dwight Frizzell and their community of artist-collaborators abandon the borders of territory for a more democratic, less corporate space-time for collective intelligence. This global network of performances was presented at the 3rd Manifestation Electronic Arts Festival hosted by Champ Libre in Montreal, Canada.


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WorldMix Nagoya March 21, 2018 | 11:30 pm

The audio ecology of Nagoya, Japan, reaches into galactic space in this time capsule created for the International Symposium on Electronic Art in Nagoya, Japan by Tony Allard with Dwight Frizzell.


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Irish Wilderness March 14, 2018 | 11:30 pm

“Part composition, part hörspiel...The Irish Wilderness uses field recordings of the ‘wondrous springs’ of Ripley and Oregon counties, Missouri, interleaved with ‘traditional tunes known to the Irish Catholics (circa 1859)’ to document the tragic history of the Irish settlers...”--Dan Warburton, Signal to Noise.


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This Audible Earth March 7, 2018 | 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. Recipient of a Radio Works Special Selection Award.


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Star Seed February 28, 2018 | 11:30 pm

A Stella Music Box (courtesy the Marr Sound Archives) playing a star-field disk (created by Daniel Warneke), time-stretching technology, cosmo-minded newEar musicians and an Hathorian priestess make cosmic music.


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Heavenly Arcana: Swedenborg’s Tour of the Planets February 21, 2018 | 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 February 14, 2018 | 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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Programmer
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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