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  1. Who or What  is 1 Giant Leap?

  2. How did Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman meet?

  3. Who is Jamie Catto?

  4. Who is Duncan Bridgeman?

  5. Why did you travel around with the whole equipment and how did you do that?

  6. What is the main concept of the project, unity or diversity? 

  7. Does the film has a documentary purpose or is it quite different to the album?

  8. Are you trying to find a new contemporary point of view for the world music concept?  

  9. How long did it all take?

  10. How many hours did you shoot?

  11. How did you choose the countries in which you’d like to stop for shooting? 

  12. How did you choose the participants that appear on 1GL?

  13. Where can I get more information about the participants?

  14. How did the wonderful collaborations emerge?

  15. How did these artists react, specially the less famous and less close to non-commercial projects?

  16. Where can I find more lyrics?

  17. Where can I order the Album/ the DVD?

  18. Who are the boardies?

  19. Who's the webmaster?

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Who or What  is 1Giant Leap?

1 Giant Leap is a title, a philosophy, a leap of faith that sprung from the minds of creative visionaries Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman,

and was supported by music industry legend Chris Blackwell. It is a melding of 21st Century technology and age-old

beliefs; of careful planning and spontaneity; of East and West; rich and poor; the embodiment of the unity in human diversity.

 

1 Giant Leap is a collaborative DVD/CD/Cinema project for the 21st Century,

fusing music, words, sounds, rhythms and images from around the globe

to celebrate the creative diversity of musicians, storytellers, authors, filmmakers, artists and thinkers from many different cultures.

   

 

 

 

 

 

How did Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman meet?

They first met at a mutual friend’s flat in Brighton and found that they shared a deep love for two universally influential albums: 

David Byrne and Brian Eno’s “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts” and Peter Gabriel’s “The Passion”, music for Scorcese’s film ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’. 

They talked music, technology, travel, the universe

and everything and about their mutual dream of travelling the world,

recording and filming as many of their heroes from Music, Art, Science, Literature and Philosophy

as they could find, seeking out the unity in the diversity. 

Luckily, Palm Pictures’ boss Chris Blackwell shared their vision and offered them a contract.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is Jamie Catto?

musician, film director, editor, photographer, creative catalyst

As founding member and art director of the hugely successful band Faithless, Catto has

enjoyed no fewer than five Top Ten singles (“Salva Mea”, “Insomnia”, “Reverence”),

seen two albums go gold in the UK alone, playing to crowds of up to 80,000. As art director

for Faithless’ Cheeky label, Catto has directed critically acclaimed videos for their artists,

including Faithless’ stunning sign language film for “God Is A DJ.” His photos and designs

have adorned the covers of Skinny’s Failure And Faithless’ Sunday 8pm albums.

 

    

 

 

Who is Duncan Bridgeman?

artist, producer, multi-instrumentalist

Bridgeman’s music career started in the early 80’s when he scored a Number One dance hit

(“Give Me”) with the groundbreaking soul band I Level. After leaving the band, he spent ten

years as a successful producer and remixer, working with Duran Duran, Eurythmics,

Shakespeare’s Sister and Paul McCartney. He enjoyed tremendous commercial success producing

Transvision Vamp and, later, Take That’s first album Take That And Party. When Bridgeman tired

of making other people’s music, he packed his bags, grew his hair long, and joined a band

called Tribal Drift. He spent the next few years creating music and playing festivals throughout

Europe and the UK, ultimately forming 1 Giant Leap with Jamie Catto.

 

 

 

 

Why did you travel around with the whole equipment and how did you do that?

We took our laptop studio with us and a mixing desk which Duncan built to run off 12 Volts

so we could run it from battery belts and could set up our 32-track digital recording studio literally anywhere from the desert in India to a jungle in Africa.

We had already composed 12 backing tracks with rhythms and melodies,

some of them were more developed than others,

and when we put the headphones on someone in their town or village,

they could hear our music  and so a true collaboration could take place.

In the past musicians have recorded these artists with a D.A.T. or tape recorder

and then chopped up the performance with drums etc. when they got home.

That is not true collaboration to us because the artist never hears what track he is playing with

and secondly, he will only play the same thing he always plays as he has no accompanyment.

This way we get a unique response from the artists and they play something they might never have played before

because firstly, they can hear our sound and vibe with us

and secondly, they can hear the other musicians who have already laid down music last week in Africa or the week before in Nepal mixed in.

This way, the truest and most diverse collaboration can happen!

(detailed tech info here)  

 

 

 

 

 

What is the main concept of the project, unity or diversity?

Both. We have so many ways to express ourselves now.

There are famous people together with not famous, rich and poor.

Everyone showing their souls together,

talking about God, Sex, Money, Death, and the more diversity we show, the more unity is expressed.

   

 

 

 

 

Does the film has a documentary purpose or is it quite different to the album?

It’s like a mixture between documentary and pop video weaving music, words and images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you trying to find a new contemporary point of view for the world music concept?

Many people who listen to pop music might not immediately love some albums of world music,

but in the 1GL style you cannot miss what is so wonderful about these artists.

   

 

   

 

How long did it all take?

3 months pre-production

6 months shooting around the world

12 months editing/mixing

How many hours did you shoot?

400

   

 

 

 

 

How did you choose the countries in which you’d like to stop for shooting?

There was usually one person or style we were looking for in each place but when we arrived to work with Baaba Maal for example, 25 other musicians would appear.

   

 

 

 

 

How did you choose the guests that appear on it?

As long as they had soul, as long as they had a powerful opinion.

 

 

   

 

 

How did the wonderful collaborations emerge: Robbie Williams with Maxi Jazz, Michael Stipe with Asha Bhosle, Speech with Neneh Cherry, etc…was it  destiny?

I think so. We just allowed each artist to respond to and choose each track they liked best.

 

 

 

   

 

 

How did these artists react, specially the less famous and less close to non-commercial projects?

Sometimes they had never seen a microphone and were amazed at the laptop studio. Other times they were relieved to be recording in their homes without the red light of the studio.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where can I find more lyrics?

All the lyrics that are available at the moment are here on this site (see lyrics). 

Unfortunately some of the lyrics were never written down or no one has been found to translate them yet.

If you want to add, correct or translate lyrics, please email me. Thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where can i order the Album/ the DVD?

you can order it online at Amazon.

amazon.co.uk

amazon.com

amazon.de

   

and also at : enveda.de

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who are the boardies?

... the people who are more or less regularly on the bulletin board at 1giantleap.tv.

It all started when we wanted to share our photos and birthday dates. 

Newbies are very welcome! :-) 

If you want to be listed as well, just send me an email. You can also attach your photo, if you like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who's the webmaster? 

That's me, Susan.

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