Discovering CodeBurst With Ben, Reed and Mat #53

Discovering CodeBurst With Ben, Reed and Mat

Codeburst is fundamentally a story about confronting evil—even if it’s inside you. Set in a dystopian future-world where nations have dissolved and given way to massive corporations (unaffectionately referred to as “corp-states”), this cyberpunk tale follows the adventures of Jamie, a young man trapped in an involuntary life of violence and espionage by code downloaded directly into his brain. On the hunt for who is controlling him and what they want, he maintains some control over his everyday life and decisions, but on the rare occasion he tries to escape, the mysterious A.I. that has suppressed his emotions and taken root in his mind exerts its control and forces him to complete his missions—sometimes with tragic results.

Our story begins in the midst of a fairly routine assassination, after which Jamie seeks respite at his favorite hole in the wall: The Lucky Star. While he waits for the next codeburst, he drowns his sorrow in cinnamon vodka, the antics of his clumsy robot pal Charlie, and the laughter of his closest friend and mentor, Merrill. Merrill, who is aware of Jamie’s secret life, has taken it upon himself to keep Jamie’s hope alive, despite Jamie’s efforts to the contrary. But before he can cheer Jamie up, Jamie receives a shocking new codeburst. He and Charlie set out together to find the source of the cryptic new code and hopefully confront the shadowy figure behind the A.I. in Jamie’s head.

How it all came together

We wrote Codeburst because we wanted to write the kind of story we wish we could read. We’re both avid fans of great storytelling, whether those stories come to us from books, plays, movies, video games, or TV, and we’re ALSO both avid fans of great music, regardless of its genre. Our whole lives we’ve dreamt about telling stories with music—we even wrote an opera about zombies when we were in college. Most of Ben’s work tends to appear on the stage, and most of Reed’s tends to appear on the screen, but both of us have a pretty insatiable desire to try new things, so we’re constantly abandoning familiar territory for unexplored genres, media, and ideas.

As we were developing the story of Codeburst and searching for the best way to tell it, we considered a lot of different media: electronic vocoder opera, concept album, novel nothing fit quite right. Then Reed and Mat Kaminski met on Twitter, and everything changed.

A new addition to the team

Mat brought his visual sensibilities and musical taste into the equation, instantly transforming the team and the project. After that, it quickly took shape: part short story, part illustrated graphic novel, and part concept album, Codeburst deliberately defies definition and genre, inviting the reader into a far more immersive experience than the average short story.

Ben and Reed have been creating together for over a decade. From alternative operas to Hollywood film trailers, from theatrical productions to short films, they never tire of bending genres, telling stories, or composing music. Reed is primarily a composer for film, short film, gaming, and commercial media, and Ben is primarily a composer for opera, theater, and musical theater. Their opera Maelstrom – The Zombie Opera was nominated for three 2010 Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards and has been produced three times in two states. Their short films have been viewed over 200,000 times on YouTube. They’re proud residents of the beautiful Twin Cities in Minnesota.

Reed Reimer – Twitter: @reimerpdx, FaceBook: @reimerandlarson, Website

Ben Larson – Instagram: @benemorylarson, Website

Mat Kaminski – Twitter: @ink_bleed, Website


53 thoughts on “Discovering CodeBurst With Ben, Reed and Mat #53

    1. Hey @ Joyous living… Maelstrom streams everywhere, and i think you can find some old videos on Youtube 😀

  1. That would be the most scary reality imaginable! I’m glad it is fiction. It does sound like a very intriguing book and I am wondering how it ends!

  2. It’s super cool how y’all came up with this story together, telling the kind of story you wished you could see. I love dystopian-type movies, books, etc.

    1. Hi, Isabelle.
      Yeah, we have prompts throughout the book so you know which track to listen to, and then when to change songs. It’s kinda like the old Disney books where you follow along to the tape, lol

    1. It may be social media’s best redeeming quality. But seriously, it is a little uncanny how it happened.

  3. This is pretty awesome story. I like how you came up all the character in perfect timing. Gonna check this out.

  4. this looks awesome. i’ll have to share with my boyfriends son as he will love it.

  5. This sounds like an interesting and a good story for me to read. Congratulations to you and to your team.

  6. oh wow ! thanks so much for showing us alll such an amazingly talented people ! thanks to you i discovered them too x kind regards Pati Robins at style squeeze blog

  7. Sounds like an interesting read and plot! I love sci fi and I’m always looking for a unique story line. 🙂

  8. This really looks cool. I love dystopian cyberpunk stories. His it available on Amazon?

  9. Wow imagine when AI will be implanted straight in our brains. It kind of remind me of the Nerolinks that Elon Musk is developing to enhance our intelligence with AI.

  10. I want to know more about this storyline and Code Burst! This would actually make a great action packed movie and share interesting views about the future of AI

  11. Holy wow! I think this might be the most unique story I’ve ever heard of. I really love your creativity and the way you’ve approached this. It sounds amazing.

  12. Wow, but this looks great. the mix of the short story and the graphic novel is really appealing to me.

  13. Wow, this sounds really interesting and super creative! I think your audience will love it!

  14. The concept behind the story of Codeburst is really very impressive. It reminded me a little bit of the Matrix with the mind control element. These three great creative talents all working together to produce this story is bound to do well.

  15. Now this sounds like a pretty cool story!! Anything with zombies and you can count me in!

  16. This is such an interesting concept. I love the idea that his life is his until it’s not. It’s very mysterious. I need to check this out.

  17. The story sounds pretty interesting, but the multitalented team behind it and the multimedia delivery model makes it seem even more potentially unique. I think I’m gonna have to check this out!

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