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

Solar Flare: Sun Ra Riffs The Blues Kansas City Style February 22, 2017 | 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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Sonic Force March 1, 2017 | 11:30 pm

“Co‐composer Dwight Frizzell captured the full range of motion and two fully operational US Air Force attack planes from their flights to their subtle shutdown sounds. Orchestrator Michael Henry then wrote a score, using traditional (military band) instruments to echo the flaring motors and snorting exhaust. The (National Audio Theatre) plays the piece with stunt‐pilot daring, blurring the lines between music and machine.”


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H for Thermonuclear Device and Remote Ensemble March 8, 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.


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The Irish Wilderness March 15, 2017 | 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...”


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Truman on Energy March 22, 2017 | 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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Out of Time March 29, 2017 | 11:30 pm

“...a 30-minute dramatization of a woman isolated in a damp, echoing cave. Removed from all time cues, she becomes obsessive-compulsive, brushing her teeth, free-associating words on a piece of paper. Soprano Patricia Johnson gave a stunning portrayal of Our Subject (as she is called), dispatching the most disjunct vocal lines with pinpoint tuning and ringing tone...In addition to the live dramatization, with lab-coated “scientists” observing, there were interactions with prerecorded audio tapes and live and recorded video projections.”


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Recent episodes

Astro_Blackness: Sun Ra’s Message from Space February 15, 2017 | 11:30 pm

“It’s after the end of the world. Don’t you know that yet?” Sun Ra with June Tyson and the Cosmo‐Myth Arkestra visit a post‐Apocalypse Earth.


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Star Seed February 8, 2017 | 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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Slippages February 1, 2017 | 11:30 pm

“A musical interpretation of Kansas City Art Institute faculty member Warren Rosser’s large-scale paintings…orchestrated for clarinet, bass clarinet and a pair of ‘zwooms,’ physically imposing instruments that resemble wide-mouthed hoses with woodwind mouthpieces attached at one end.”


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Building the Earth January 25, 2017 | 11:30 pm

Featuring Bruce Prince-Joseph as Pierre Teilhard with the newEar chamber ensemble.

“Dwight Frizzell...pitches a reading of Jesuit theological philosophy into a simmering stew of prepared sounds and live instruments, and suggests Birtwistle trying to score ET.” --The London Sunday Times


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WorldMix Nagoya January 18, 2017 | 11:30 pm

The sonic ecology of Nagoya, Japan, reaches into galactic space in this time capsule created for the International Symposium on Electronic Art in Nagoya, Japan.


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World Mix Montreal January 11, 2017 | 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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Contacting the Other: Amazing Psychotropic Tales January 4, 2017 | 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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Creation Untold December 28, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Which earth are we on? This alternative world musical Cosmo-Genesis is narrated by Jay Mandeville and orchestrated by the BCR ensemble.


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Divine Sparks: Gnostic Voices from Nag Hammadi to Berkeley December 21, 2016 | 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.


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Counterclock Worlds of Philip K. Dick part 2 December 14, 2016 | 11:30 pm

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


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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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