Thanks, Charlie.

The IP is no maven when it comes to turntabalist DJs and mash-up artists. He’s always approached and listened to their remixes with a bit of skepticism, questioning their appropriation of already recorded songs and manipulation of other musicians’ art. Well, The IP found himself giving one particular turntabilist/sampler, Cut Chemist, a lot of leeway, mostly because he came recommended by the late Charlie Gillett of BBC fame.
It was just another re-broadcast of Gillett’s World Music (always hated that term, “World Music” WTF?) show, but the fact that he actually played Cut Chemist speaks to Charlie’s amazingly open mind when it comes to listening to music. Who else but Charlie would play an unknown-to-most Nigerian guitarist and then play a Bert Kaempfert song right after it? And his voice and easy-going music commentary is mesmerizing. Or should The IP say, was. : (  VISIT CHARLIE’S WORLD MUSIC SITE

Oh yeah, about that leeway. You see, Charlie played the track “The Garden” by Cut Chemist. It’s a sampled remix of a 1960s Astrud Gilberto version of Baden Powell’s Berimbau on the Verve label. Cut Chemist deleted some of the original background and added some major percussion, as well as some cool new berimbau, cuica, and cavaquinho. The original Astrud vocals are used throughout. The IP will argue that it sounds better than the original. But that’s not all.
So, The IP goes to the YouTubes and finds a version of the song that has an anime movie that goes with the music. The IP has always been intrigued by anime, but never really got “in” to it, if you know what he means. This one was different:



So The IP has to offer a posthumous “Thank you!” To Charlie Gillett. He again worked his magic in getting him to listen to something he might not have listened to unless he listened to his show. That’s a lot of listening.


2 Responses to “Thanks, Charlie.”

  1. Kenneth Buttercup Says:


  2. The funny thing about that particular anime is that it is very evocative of some of the lucid dreams I have, especially that whole foating [sic] thing. In fact, it feels a LOT like one of my dreams.

    The Japanese are really, really good at that stuff.

    And to think we used to watch Speed Racer.

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