Fringe Culture Seared Into My Brain

I’m super-busy tonight and only have a couple minutes to write. To make a long story short, I’m converting images from various formats to various other formats (could I be any more vague?) preparing for insertion into a scientific manuscript which [crosses fingers] I hope will be published soon. While working, I was listening to sky.fm‘s classical stream and a song popped on that completely knocked my mind (and productivity) off track. The song is Johann Sebastian Bach’s Air from the Suite No 3 (in D major). Even if you don’t know it by name, you’d recognize its tune. Daaaa da da da da da da da da daaa da da daaa… sorry, I’m not a good singer. Anyhow, the second I heard it my brain instantly loaded-up images of Japanese schoolchildren violently murdering eachother. Yes, I’m referring to Battle Royale. I read the book and even saw the movie back when I was a teenager. I highly recommend both, but it’s been years since I’ve read/seen either one. In the movie, I love the way they inserted incredibly peaceful music at the most disturbing of times. Below is the clip of the film that I will forever image in my head whenever I hear Bach’s famous air.