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Mixing Up Music 2008/05/15

Posted by Daddy Dave in Musings, Reviews.
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People are amazing. I just saw a really good TV program tonight about music, and it restored my faith in human nature — and believe me, I needed that!

As I watched and listened, it struck me that people are amazing — amazingly similar, yet amazingly different due to developing cultures.

Yes, I know that the collective fear is that technology (such as mobile cell phones, the internet and TV) will make the world’s peoples converge and become uniformly bland — and possibly also able to be manipulated easier. But I don’t subscribe to that fear; people are always coming up with new stuff. I couldn’t believe skateboarding, body-popping, moon-walking or BMX tricks — or, more recently, Sébastien Foucan & co with their ‘parkour‘ (free running).

When you think about it, it’s probably down to economics, because economics has changed everything; it has turned the “arts” into an investment and pop entertainment business.

It follows that the “real” value and worth has to be “culture” (rather than “art”) — in other words the inventive product of groups over that of individuals.

And I am perfectly happy with that.

Good old economics has also made world travel, tourism, and technology available to more and more people. This means that more people can experience other cultures and appreciate the sheer diversity in humanity.

We can take snapshots and video clips and post them on YouTube, or blog our trips directly to WordPress, or through Facebook, Bebo or MySpace. But I liked what I saw on Channel Four’s What About Me? This is an highly original project dreamt up and carried out by Jamie Catto of ‘Faithless’ and Duncan Bridgeman, the producer of ‘Take That’. I had caught the tail end of last week’s program, and was intrigued — leading to my waiting until midnight to see tonight’s ‘Episode 4 – Love and Need’.

This is what the MySpace website states:

When Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman joined forces to create the project 1 Giant Leap, they embarked upon a global journey that included Senegal, Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, India, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, America and Europe, equipped solely with a digital video camera, a laptop and a vision — to capture and weave together a unique fusion of sound, image and spoken word from some of the world’s most happening musicians, authors, scientists and thinkers and to explore ‘The Unity in the Diversity’.

Their treasure hunt brought many unexpected collaborations with such inspirations as Michael Stipe, Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Robbins, Dennis Hopper, Brian Eno, Asha Bhosle, and Baaba Maal. The resulting double-Grammy nominated DVD consists of 11 short films – INSPIRATION, MONEY, FAITH, SEX, DEATH, CONFRONTATION, TIME, BLASPHEMY, UNITY, MASKS, HAPPY, and 30 behind the scenes movies. You might have seen ‘The Making Of 1 Giant Leap’ which has been broadcast globally by National Geographic Channel. Or perhaps you’ve seen them playing live with their 10 piece band and cinema screens.

[ from: http://www.myspace.com/1giantleap]

It’s a crazy idea to mix up music in this way. It is possible because of TV, because of the music software, because of the laptop, the internet, and because of cheap flights around the world!

Sound on Sound’s Matt Bell wrote a really good article back in 2003, about the methods and equipment they used.

1 Giant Leap –Duncan Bridgeman — Travels With A Laptop Studio
Many people love the idea of laptop recording, but few have put it into practice like 1 Giant Leap. Their acclaimed album and DVD project was recorded on an Apple Powerbook during a six-month journey round the world — with a little help from some friends…

[From soundonsound.com]

They have various websites…

But www.myspace.com/1giantleap has a player, so you can listen to the music. However, I think that seeing the people in their local settings and natural habitat is what makes this, so try to catch the TV show if you can. If you cannot, then check out the various clips posted to YouTube.

This is what Channel Four ought to be doing, this is the antidote to rolling news, reality TV, sport, game shows, 100 best lists, and celebrities! They have a shop for buying the DVD, but it has a videoplayer embed, so might be worth a wee visit! [Play.com].


1. graycassettetape - 2008/05/15

By the appointment of important visions, I summon you to your senses, as previously graced by Eno.

enter inside your mind

2. sameh - 2008/05/15

wow its amazing site i like it realy … thanks alot my friend

3. am - 2008/05/15

Hey….Just to let you know about the Scottish Premiere of the new 1 Giant Leap movie and the after show party featuring Berry Tweed and The Chasers, the best Northern Soul Band in the UK at http://www.liveattheroyal.co.uk in Coatbridge on the 6th June 2008. Tickets are £5 and will get you into both movie screening and after show party.

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