Boomkat Product Review:
Declassified for standalone release for the first time, Dead Record Office is a beguiling 112-page book detailing the first three chapters of AUDiNT’s fascinating, hyperstitious history, rooted in the origins of sonic warfare and illuminating a hidden parallel chronology of 20th century experimentation which continues to inform the future.
’Dead Record Office forms a crucial part of Martial Hauntology, a groundbreaking first release on AUDiNT Records - the sonic research cell staffed by Toby Heys and Steve Goodman (Kode 9) engaged in 3rd Ear Research. The pair have both independently worked in this field - Goodman via Hyperdub, the autonomous CCRU unit and his 'Sonic Warfare' book; Heys thru his audio-visual praxis and as research fellow at Manchester Uni.
They were both recruited by AUDiNT in 2008 to investigate the properties of newly emergent super-directional speakers when coupled with infrasonic devices. Four years in the making, 'Martial Hauntology' collates that research for the first time, as well as outlining the history of AUDINT itself, offering a tortuous, hyperstitional account of frequency-based phenomenon in military and civilian spheres over the preceding 70 years. It explores the involvement of Alan Turing and The Ghost Army's pioneering use of 3 deck mixes in World War 2, thru the chopper-mounted loud-speaker terror of the US army's Wandering Soul campaign in Vietnam, to the deployment of High Frequencies as "teen repellants”, the military applications of muzak and the current use of hyper-directional LRAD speakers in Iraq.