A Leap into the unknown

Your guide to the world's mysteries? Him out of Faithless

The new 1 Giant Leap project sees Jamie Catto, founding member of Faithless, and ex-Take That producer Duncan Bridgeman haring across five continents to ask deep thinkers and musicians alike about the meaning of life for a seven-part Channel 4 series.

A CD featuring diverse contributors and a feature-length film follow.

OMM: kd Lang, Bob Geldof, Stephen Fry, Noam Chomsky, Michael Stipe, Carlos Santana and everyone from Will Young to a group of Bayaka Pygmies ... It's an impressive cast list.

Jamie Catto: Well, for the CD, we went for the real royalty of world music. You stick a mic in front of them and you get something. A lot of the people we've chosen aren't necessarily cool

Duncan Bridgeman: We tracked down most people we wanted. We would have loved Bob Dylan. Can you imagine?

Catto: We thought there must be a way of making 'world music' that's not shit. Tell someone you're into world music and they're like 'see you later'.

OMM: It's Simon Fuller of Pop Idol and Spice Girls fame footing the bill, no?

Catto: He's our maverick sugar daddy!

OMM: You're hippies, really, aren't you?

Catto: Well, we thought there must be a way of discussing the big issues without talking about rainbows, dolphins and crystals and group hugs.

Bridgeman: We talked to a lot of people but it's hard to get entertaining wisdom that's not smart arse or preachy.

OMM: So what did you learn about the world today?

Bridgeman: We had to go a long way to get away from a TV set. Nothing's pure. Everything is contaminated by everything else. It's all mixing up and there's oil and water and there's eggs and flour.

OMM: And what did you learn about yourselves?

Catto: I suppose I've got a more detailed view of how fucked up I am.

· 'What About Me?', C4, from 23 April

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