@kseniaanske asked me to post this response to her post about finishing Battle Royale... on my page as a new post. I'm very happy to do it...
Like your books... when I dig into what I truly love and what I'm passionate about - music - I find all these connections make sense. Artists are influenced by other artists, by similar books, by similar movies. Each bringing a new take on the music created adding new layers and new influences and new connections - broadening the circle. (or matrix or whatever it is).
There's also the thing with truly truly great artists. Just about every musician has a Miles Davis reference somewhere. And the number of artists that worked with Miles - and influenced other bands is kind of staggering. David Bowie influenced so many artists to so in many different directions just because the guy was a chameleon who changed his sound every few albums.
If I dive into ambient music which is the niche of music I totally love (but I love all music as well) - I can get ridiculous on the connections. Brian Eno is the guy that influenced so many others. Through his music, production, and philosophy on music. Bowie's Berlin phase... Eno on all those albums. Eno popularized the term "ambient" with his Ambient 1, 2, 3, and 4 albums. He then produced some of the biggest albums... U2 - Joshua Tree... touchstone album for U2 - that's what truly 'broke' them in the US and the world to mass success.
I'm personally a fan of more of all the people that took Eno's ideas and ran with them. Public Enemy reference Brian Eno and David Byrne's - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts as an influence.
I'm also a big believer in the "studio as an instrument" which may not be originated with Eno - but he certainly talked about it a lot. (I'm not sure who the originator is... always something new to learn).
I've digressed enough.