'The Stubborn Organic Emblem of Social and Biological Survival' tells the story of a King in Waiting (loosely based on HRH The Prince of Wales) who embarks on a sadomasochistic relationship with a sentient Aspidistra Plant. Think Fifty shades of Grey crossed with Day of the Triffids. Storyteller is a collaboration between writer & occasional filmmaker Bruce McClure and sound artist Bjørn Hatleskog. Taking the form of an Orwellian style radio drama, that is presented in cassette form in homage to their namesake (the nineteen eighties children's magazine and tape series published by Marshall Cavendish). This audiowork was originally produced for an exhibition called Liminality (Cacophany) that took place from the 17th-19th of August at Gallery 46 in Whitechapel. The illustrations were provided by Chris Wright of Turbo Island.

Bjørn Hatleskog's work explores the nature of feedback loops, noise and interference and their application via mechanical automation. These ideas are investigated through the construction of modular robotic devices which are combined to form generative sound installations. Since 2002 he has been running the Adaadat record label, as well as releasing music on other labels including Benbecula, Seed, Rolax and Invitro, under the monikers Romvelope and Kema Keur. Along with Bruce McClure, he was also a member of live art/noise performance group Le Couteau Jaune.

Bruce McClure made the lo-fi, zero-budget, indie, psychological black comedy feature film District Nurse. In 2000 he co-founded electronic music label Seed with Joshu Doherty and Richard Bevan of Posthuman. He has also collaborated with composer Wojciech Rusin on his radio play 'The Garden' which was broadcast on BBC Radio 6 The Freakier Zone and Glasgow based art radio, Radiophrenia. McClure is a regular poetry contributor to Bristol based skateboard magazine Dog Piss, and recently made an appearance on Mutant City Acid by Posthuman.

Storyteller will be performing at 2019's Supernormal festival in Oxfordshire taking place on the 2nd-4th of August.

"This was a real treat. I wonder why more stories don't have some sort of sound collage for atmosphere? Story Teller may just have stumbled across something really special."
Mr Olivetti (Freq)

"So, within these inserted events, we get into the body of the beast. The story! An affair between a plant and a man. An odd topic but interesting enough. All sorts of amusing happenings. I guess this is a preview, a brief exploration into a world most similar and most unknown."
Unknown (Yeah I know it Sucks)

"Bruce McClure & Bjorn Hatleskog host a communion with a vegetation deity. Casual observations from the foyer of the Mountain King. An ode to etheric transmissions, electro-acoustic night terrors, suggestive drones & dystopian sea shanties."
Mark Westall (Fad Magazine)


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ADA0056 - Cassette (Limited to 100 copies)

Tracklisting : (Click on the titles to play the tracks, you may have to disable your Adblocker plugin)

Side 1 :

01. the stubborn organic emblem of social & biological survival (part 1)

Side 2 :

01. the stubborn organic emblem of social & biological survival (part 2)

Credits :

Original Story Written and Read by Bruce McClure
Sound and Design by Bjørn Hatleskog
Illustration by Chris Wright

Links :
The Strangest Pet on Earth
Turbo Island

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