Wednesday, 4 February 2009

1 Giant Leap? - Well worth a listen.

Like many complex achievements, 1 Giant Leap began as a simple idea — in this case a straight musical collaboration. The producers, Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto, got talking about how the modern record business was obsessed with dividing music into categories, and began considering what they could do to blur the boundaries. They held a shared admiration for such '80s cross-cultural works as Peter Gabriel's world-music project Passion and Brian Eno and David Byrne's My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, and decided to undertake something similar, but with a twist made possible by recent technological developments. These albums had introduced world music performers like Baaba Maal and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to the West, but why, in this age of ostensibly portable recording equipment, could Duncan and Jamie not go to record their favourite performers in their home environment? They could, of course — but they were determined to make a properly collaborative, interactive project, and that meant taking a multitrack recording environment with them. They did and they have done it again with a new album "What about me" to be released early this year.

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