Broken Britain Cassettes present Tape 313, two new works by musician, broadcaster and sound artist Orlando Harrison. Reworkings of long thought lost audio tapes obtained on the premises of Senate House*, Tape 313 interrogates two dissident voices, uncovering hidden meaning and deciphering coded messages.
Stammheim Prison, 1975 — Gudrun Ensslin outlines the political position of the Red Army Faction, eighteen months before her alleged suicide, her voice a ghost in the machinery of the german state. The perpetual revolution of helicopter rotors over the prison house echo the grinding of the wheels of justice below, and the relentless rotation of the swastika at its heart.
Trafalgar Square, 1956 — Nye Bevan delivers a speech attacking Sir Antony Eden’s Conservative government following the seizure of the Suez Canal. Twenty thousand people hear Bevan speak, after which a crowd marches on Downing street. Harrison’s deconstructions transform Bevan’s words into air-borne weapons, soaring over the equestrian bronzes of Nelson’s Column, drowning out the death rattle of the British Empire.
Thought criminal Orlando Harrison is currently serving a life sentence with the Alabama 3. His past collaborators include Stephen Thrower of Coil, Red Crayola, the Amal Gamal Ensemble, Dr Miasma and the Carousel of Headless Horses, Guapo, and The Daughters of God. He produces and presents the The Wrong Show on Resonance 104.4 FM, and once starred in an advert for Fruit Pastilles.
*Senate House, London — former headquarters of the Ministry of Information, wellspring of British wartime propaganda, model for Orwell’s Ministry of Truth and Greene’s Ministry of Fear, earmarked by Hitler to become Nazi Headquarters after WWII.