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.