Boomkat Product Review:
Vital speculative fiction from the Audint research cell; an utterly immersive and gorgeous graphic novel set in 2056 against a post-human backdrop of holographic/holosonic warfare, renegade AI, and corporate nation states - a must for CCRU acolytes, product design fanatics, and sci-fi fiends
Rooted in a flux of historic and contemporary reality and apocrypha, and projecting an all too possible future, ‘Ghostcode’ is the masterfully innovative next chapter in the Audint saga detailed by its designated caretakers, Toby Heys and Steve Goodman (Kode 9). Following Audint’s disclosure of a tranche of classified data in the project’s ‘Martial Hauntology’ (2014) LP + book, and subsequent dispatch of archival material by its members Nguyễn Văn Phong, Magdelena Parker, and Marshall Spector by Reel Torque between 2015-17; the project now manifests as an integrated codex of text, illustrations, comic-style panels, infographics, and even its own periodic table, to ideally elucidate and complicate Audint’s fascinating perspective on the intersection of geopolitics, technology, and the military-industrial complex, and where it’s going to lead. Fair to say we didn’t expect the onset of WWIII in 2022, so we highly recommend steeling oneself for unknown futures with this incredible graphic novel.
“The theory fiction is set in 2056 when Corporations and Nation states have fused into single economic and political entities. This is an era in which human flesh has been removed from the messy equations of political turbulence, resulting in conflicts being conducted by holographic and holosonic forces. The book traces the exploits of Irex2, a rogue Artifical Intelligence on the run from its undead creators as it competes against a Columbian Black Hat named Sureshot to develop A.I. Holographic fighters named AIHolos. Fuelled by the sound of human pain, the AIHolo’s weapons require massive injections of recorded suffering. As torment becomes an economy in its own right, Pain ©Amps are constructed to generate the sonic power source. By amping up the rationale of the music industry’s most successful formula of the C20th – recording and selling the sound of poverty stricken urban areas – the functionality of suffering has been pushed to the limit. The needle is in the red, but it is pain that is wanted, not blood.”