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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

Counterclock Worlds of Philip K. Dick, Part 1 December 2, 2015 | 11:30 pm

The seminal sci‐fi author (“Bladerunner”) and pataphysician Philip K. Dick’s explorations of alternative worlds and techno‐dilemmas.

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Counterclock Worlds of Philip K. Dick, Part 2 December 9, 2015 | 11:30 pm

With Arnold Young as Philip K. Dick.

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Divine Sparks: Gnostic Voices from Nag Hammadi to Berkeley December 16, 2015 | 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.

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Creation Untold December 23, 2015 | 11:30 pm

Which earth are we on? This alternative earth history of our own Cosmo-Genesis narrated by Jay Mandeville and orchestrated by the BCR Ensemble.

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Elaine Lee’s TRANSMARS TANGO December 30, 2015 | 11:30 pm

The Ark presents an off-world, gender-bending sci-fi adventure by cyber-sex fashionista Elaine Lee (Starstruck, Vamps, Honey West)

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Recent episodes

Truman Thanksgiving November 25, 2015 | 11:30 pm

Truman re-enactor Raymond Starzmann returns to the future with Dwight Frizzell and Francis Ford Coppola, who introduces Truman’s 1957 speech at the ground-breaking ceremony for Truman Corners Shopping Center.

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Phenomenological Telephone November 18, 2015 | 11:30 pm

The tantalizing social history of the telephone with special guest Tantrika Patricia Johnson.

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Inaudible Postscript November 11, 2015 | 11:30 pm

A coda on radio’s disembodied voices and the subsequent unwriting of history. Official Listening Selection at Hear Now Festival 2015!

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Laika or Not? November 4, 2015 | 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.

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Apocalypse Untold October 28, 2015 | 11:30 pm

The Apocalypse is revealed—upbeat and tunefully danceable in songs such as “Headed Toward Extinction,” and “Dinosaur Breakfast".

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Postmodern Prometheus October 21, 2015 | 11:30 pm

"…disembodied voices intoned excerpts from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein …a whole crew of assistants produced sound effects‐‐ the effect was perfect...a real ear‐cleanser.." ‐‐ KC Star

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Electric Dialect October 7, 2015 | 11:30 pm

Electricity, that invisible, inner, sexual and mysterious fire transferred between bodies, transports us to a time when old technologies were new.

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Out of Time September 30, 2015 | 11:30 pm

Performed by newEar featuring soprano Patricia Johnson as Our Subject and Bruce Prince-Joseph in a dual role as the voice of Cocteau’s Shadow and organ.

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Building the Earth September 23, 2015 | 11:30 pm

Featuring Bruce Prince-Joseph as Pierre Teilhard (and on organ) with the newEar chamber ensemble.

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Three Ghosts: Erik, Marcel and John September 16, 2015 | 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.

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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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