Martial Hauntology


Aside from serving as a leading producer and the head of the esteemed Hyperdub label, Steve Goodman (a.k.a. Kode9, pictured above) has also dedicated much of his time to audio research, having served as a lecturer at the University of East London and authored the book Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and The Ecology of Fear in 2009. Now, alongside Toby Heys (a research fellow at Manchester University), Goodman will release Martial Hauntology, an audio research box set which “investigates the properties of newly emergent super-directional speakers when coupled with infrasonic devices.”

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.