March 03

Deadmau5 & Eldritch Coincidences

As someone that enjoys this kind of thing I’m not entirely sure why Deadmau5 has passed me by until this point. I’ll put it down to the onset of middle age.

Anyway, having listened so some this week, I quite liked it at first and then found myself becoming increasingly irate that it seems to be a little to close to the livelier tracks by Basement Jaxx and Groove Armada, by way of an attempt at Daft Punk, with a little Richie Hawtin (Plastikman) thrown in.

I still can’t make up my mind as to whether this is a coincidence, bad temper on my part or just a bit too close to direct plagiarism to be acceptable. The jury is out – and a bit grumpy.

That aside I had to mention a weird set of coincidences that have happened in the last couple of days.

I have just bought and read The Courtyard, a short but nonetheless terrific comic by Alan Moore (of Watchmen, From Hell etc etc). He’s a bit obsessed by Lovecraft generally and the cult of Cthulhu specifically. Having read comics for a while (ie, since I could read) I know a little about this second hand but realised that I’d never read any actual H.P.Lovecraft, so I picked up and swiftly read the short story ‘The Call of the Cthulhu‘ – which was, as anticipated, weird, bleak and a bit nasty, but in a good way.

So, when being given my lesson in Deadmau5 by the young folk a few days ago I was to find that ‘Cthulhu Sleeps’ is one of his better known tracks (and was the first one I heard).

Is that kind of thing normal?