The General Interconnectedness Of Things

As noted elsewhere (more than once, at that), I stumbled across the KLF in college. The lyrics were a bit nonsensical, but the beats were good, and I liked it all.

Some time after that, I was staying with relatives in Cork, and discovered a book called The Illuminatus! Trilogy, and with it found out what all that KLF nonsense actually referred to. And so, as you'd expect, I read up on Discordianism and got a bit into the history of the Illuminati and secret societies in general, because there's a lot of real-world references in the Illuminatus! book.

Eventually, through the magic of the Internet, I stumbled across the KLF's own writing, and the history of the band, and found out that it was on some level a big attempt - and a successful one, at that - to game the British music industry; it was at some level performance art, too. And the perpetrators were curiously connected to other things I was interested in: Jimmy Cauty had drawn that Lord of the Rings poster that everyone had hanging on their wall in college, and Bill Drummond had managed a bunch of bands that I'd heard of like Echo and the Bunnymen, and both had been the Timelords in a previous incarnation where they created the number one hit Doctorin' The Tardis which I really liked. So I was fanatically interested for a while, and then got distracted by something else and forgot about them for a bit.

I kept coming back to the music, though. What I maintain, to anyone who'll listen, is that they achieved perfection in the assembly of music from samples - every single sample was in exactly the right place. But I digress; that's been and will be the topic of other writings.

I stumbled across 45 in a bookstore somewhere, not having heard about it, and read about Bill Drummond's life after the KLF. My curiosity piqued, I began seeking out the music he and Jimmy had created in that period. And in the middle of all of it, as described in the book, they recorded a DJ named Sasa who ran a radio station called Radio B92 in what was rapidly becoming the war-torn Balkans. His voice, recorded over a phoneline, was added to a cover of the theme from The Magnificent Seven, which was released as part of a charity album. I kept the MP3 I found for a while, then deleted it and got distracted by something else again.

My latest source of distraction (May 2008) is the TED talks, and what do I find in there? Sasa Vucinic - Sasa from Radio B92 - talking about how he went from an underfunded independant radio station to a media investment company who finance independant news coverage worldwide.

Some days, it really does seem like there's only 500 people in the world.

2021 update: someone on twitter quoted a journalist. There was a grammatical error in the quote. I made a joke about the editor needing to fix that, assuming the journalist had made the error. The person who quoted apologised, noted that it was her error, not the journalist's, and also noted that she wasn't a native english speaker. I apologised: she wasn't the target of my alleged humour. Then I checked her twitter bio out of curiosity and, uh, thanks, Universe. She's ex-Radio B92.


Waider