What About Me?
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Collectively known as One Giant Leap, the duo of Jamie Catto (Faithless founding member) and Duncan Bridgeman have created a unique music, TV and film project. Taking along pre-recorded backing tracks on their laptop, they visit 50 global locations, adding successive layers of music by a diverse range of artists. In addition, they manage to capture a unique take on the collective human condition, helped along by contributions from, among others, Noam Chomsky, Will Young, Maxi Jazz, Tim Robbins, Billy Connolly and Michael Stipe. Musical contributors include: Alanis Morissette, kd Lang, Bedouin musicians, Chinese rappers, Gabonese Pygmies, Tuvan throat singers, Egyptian folk musicians and Japanese Taiko drummers.
1 Giant Leap has created a unique music, TV and film project. Featuring an incredibly diverse collection of collaborators from Noam Chomsky to Will Young, Maxi Jazz to Tim Robbins, Billy Connolly to Michael Stipe. What About Me? is the culmination of 4 years' work by Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto. They visited 50 global locations collecting wisdom and musical jewels. Then they lovingly pieced them together into the TV and film mosaic that is What About Me?. It's an inspiring and alarming look at our collective insanity: how we are ego-driven, needy in relationships, insatiable in desire, addicted to status, wounded by childhood and unable to stop thinking, but how we still manage to be inspired and creative...
While Duncan and Jamie sought out wisdom from the likes of Noam Chomsky, Eckhart Tolle and Stephen Fry and the cream of the worlds thinkers, writers, and entertainers they also met many people just getting on with their lives - gravediggers, taxi drivers, brain surgeons, street kids... Unscripted, with no storyboard, these conversations all reveal how we are connected not only through our creativity and our beliefs but most of all through our madness!
Starting with pre-composed backing tracks in a laptop studio, the music grows as each layer is added, seamlessly mixing international stars like Alanis Morissette, KD Lang and Michael Franti with Bedouin Musicians, Chinese rappers, Gabonese Pygmies, Tuvan throat singers, Egyptian folk musicians, Japanese taiko drummers, and also the royalty of today's world music scene including Baaba Maal, Lila Downs, Rokia Traore, Oumou Sangare, Zap Mama.
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I don't often contribute a review unless I've got something constructive to say, and here I am and I'm left speechless!
I bought the 1GL CD as I only had three of the tracks which I adore and I wanted the rest and I came across this as a result not really knowing what to expect. As someone who never watches television and is strongly inclined towards radio and aural sources I felt somewhat unsure about my purchase. From the first playing I was absolutely mesmerised! It continues to get better on repeat playing, I simply cannot recommend it highly enough.
The only problem I initially had with it was that there were several occasions where I couldn't clearly determine the speech from the music but this is not really a problem as the second disc goes into the recordings more individually and in more detail. It also has a PDF that has a diary element from Duncan and Jamie and the various aspects associated with the project – a fascinating insight in its own right.
The recording has some interesting opinions from a few well known names but also some people I had never heard of, for example, Eckhart Tolle for one, I know I've led a sheltered life, but I found his viewpoint so interesting I've borrowed a couple of his books from the library.
If you are looking for something original and stimulating that will continue to provide hours of pleasure then this wonderful collaboration, all 100 of them, will completely fill the bill.
We hear and see musicians on their home turf, so we get wonderful visuals.
The songs are haunting and uplifting. The sound is excellent. The editing is superb.
The whole effect is so powerful, when you leave, you are struck with wonder connected to the universal themes of all humanity and we wonder what just hit us ... which philosophical gem rings true or what piece of music stays with us.
I have shown this movie 6 times on the big screen in my small community, and raised money for our local food depot in doing so. It is best on the big screen in a community setting. Then we are all learning about ourselves together.