Excavate audio fossils with David Ossman’s TIME CAPSULES and mark your calendar to listen to “From Ark to Microchip” on KKFI 90.1 FM Kansas City Community Radio, April 29th at 7:00pm.

The special Thursday night show consists of Time Capsules followed by Visual Music, both of which highlight the audio explorations of KCAI sound students.

TIME CAPSULES was written by David Ossman 1972-1985 using found texts he collected under the title Pieces for Speakers. The voices were recorded at Westport Coffeehouse Theater by Tom Ptacek under the direction of Otherworld Media‘s Judith Walcutt in 2020 while David Ossman and Judith Walcutt were visiting artists at the Kansas City Art Institute. Mixed by Dwight Frizzell and Daniel D’Angelo for the From Ark to Microchip series.

Meet the Myth-Science Ensemble

Dwight Frizzell

Frizzell’s teachers included Sun Ra, clarinetist Raymond Luedeke and video artist Douglas Davis. He is Professor of Sound and Converging Media at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Thomas Aber

Aber studied bass clarinet with Harry Sparnaay at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam.


HELIOPHONIE 2020: Cell 8 ~ Myth-Science Ensemble

“We are children of the sun--each and everyone." -- Sun Ra

Our sun rings like a bell every 4 minutes 48 seconds (as initiated here on a solar gong). Overtones pulse in quadra-pole rotation (realized by the instrumentalists mixed in surround). The solar storms moving vigorously through the heliosphere are sonified here by Patrick Conway on the congas, opening gates to the sun’s harmonic streams.

A performance of Dwight Frizzell's BRIDGE at Kansas City Art Institute

Featuring singing bowl student ensemble under the direction of Steve Donofrio

Bridge: Missouri River bridge as an instrument

The singing bridge at Highway 291, northeast of Independence, is a magnificent traffic-activated instrument. Its voice can be appreciated by nestling an ear on its metal understructure or attaching a contact microphone, as done here.

BRIDGE is offered as a meditation on crossing boundaries of all kinds.