There’s no way to prepare for novelty. The pandemic changed my perception in a profound way – a paradigm shift. The world felt suddenly further away and closer at the same time. News showed countries across the globe sharing our same experiences; we were united in the same fight. And yet we had to stay away from each other in order to be of most use. That’s a mindbender.
SuperSPREADER knew that we were going to need an escape from the tedium of isolation, from the mundanity, from the disconnection. It knew that time was going to stretch and warp and that we would need new reference points to anchor ourselves to any sense of normality. It knew that building something would help us cope.
But we had time on our hands, lots of it (if we weren’t medical heroes or frontline saints or shackled to dishonest managers), and so the mind gets to working. And if music is how you connect with others best, and you can’t connect in person, could you connect in another way?
SuperSPREADER proposed laying down a length of groove – an expansive meditation for losing yourself and finding yourself – and advised me to put it out for fattening in the digital pastures. It called out, inviting distant souls to connect with it. It wanted to be spread amongst us, to swim within us, to affect each new host and be born again, a new strain. It was animated and eager for new leases of life.
And so SuperSPREADER waited…