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

This Audible Earth September 28, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Making the inaudible audible—with artists from the Kansas City Arty Institute--Kristin Miltner, Lisa Ramsey, Kristian Ball, Beniah Leuske, Jennie Pakradooni, Kristie Drew and Leja Goodman.


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Big Scary Momo October 5, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Cryptozoological roundup featuring Sasquatches, Burmese Monkey Men, and a “blue” Momo (Missouri Monster)—with legendary rocker Joey Skidmore, & Star Trek composer Michael Henry.


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Elaine Lee’s TransMars Tango October 12, 2016 | 11:30 pm

“TransMars Tango provides a fresh and original take on transgender issues.” --radio drama starring Phil Proctor (Firesign Theatre) & Robin Miles (Maya’s Soul), directed by Brian Price.


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Postmodern Prometheus October 19, 2016 | 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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The Last Broadcast – Premiere October 26, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Written & directed by Tony Brewer for the National Audio Theater Festivals. An original tale of zombies, radio, zombies and more! Winner HEAR NOW Best of Fest Award 2016.


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Electric Dialect November 2, 2016 | 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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Phenomenological Telephone November 9, 2016 | 11:30 pm

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


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Inaudible Postscript November 16, 2016 | 11:30 pm

A coda on radio’s disembodied voices and the subsequent unwriting of history.


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Truman Thanksgiving November 23, 2016 | 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.


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Visual Music November 30, 2016 | 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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Counterclock Worlds of Philip K. Dick, Part 1 December 7, 2016 | 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.


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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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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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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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Recent episodes

Three Ghosts: Erik, Marcel and John September 21, 2016 | 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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John Cage 2nd Century September 14, 2016 | 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.


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Indeterminate Moments with John Cage September 7, 2016 | 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.


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Parker’s Planet 3 August 31, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Featuring the voices of Joey Skidmore (director, "Kiki Meets The Vampires"), Margaret LaPique (LA’s KJLH-FM), Jay Mandeville, and Rodney Franks (Denver jazz radio host).


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Parker’s Planet 2 August 24, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Featuring Chuck Haddix (author of "Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker") and Dick Wright.


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Parker’s Planet 1: Yardbird in the Space Age August 17, 2016 | 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.


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Dawn of the Elvisians August 10, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Dancing on the coat tails of an esoteric stream of religious healers, Gnostic agencies and dancingsaviors, Elvis Presley is omnipresent in his voice and its intoned physicality. With original music by Gerald Trimble, singer Rhondda Francis, and reportage by Laura Spencer (Arts Reporter).


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Elvis: A Space Odyssey August 3, 2016 | 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.” --Brian McTavish, The Kansas City Star


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Laika or Not? July 27, 2016 | 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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Big Scary UFO Show July 20, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Curious acausal time-links connect the Children’s Crusade of 1212 AD Europe, a Killer Clown infestation in 1970s Kansas City, and the 1897 airship flap in Aurora, Texas.


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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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