What Does it Mean? - Skate Audio Samples in Cliche's Gypsy Life

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I've been following the Thrasher rollout for Cliche's Gypsy Life video fairly closely this past week. So closely that I may even actually buy the video on iTunes once it disappears from the Digi-Bible mainframe. Instantly, the video reads like a mixtape or an album. Consistent filming, clear theme with editing, very similar skating styles. A cohesive mixture overall. Something happened today though. Something that almost knocked me off of my seat and into a coma instantly upon witnessing it ... I'll take a step back real quick and set the scene for you so you know what's up.

Max Geronzi was awarded the last part in the video, deservedly so, and the part dropped today. This dude is insane, and can apparently do anything he wants on a skateboard. If you've already watched it, you know this. If you haven't, then hurry your ass up. Anyways, gnarly part. Bunch of bangers, yada-yada-yada. It wasn't the manual-to-back-lip that got me, though. At roughly the 1:45 mark Max performs a frontside tailslide kickflip fakie to end a line, one of the more modest clips in the part. The audio, however, undergoes an ever-so-subtle transformation once said trick is rode away from.

From the sounds of it, amidst the entrancing hum of Eric B and Rakim, the audio of PJ Ladd's backside smith up the loading dock from Really Sorry magically found its way into the final cut timeline.

Exhibit A (0:49):

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68hSZm5GFOY?t=49s&w=420&h=315]

Exhibit B (1:47):

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I'm going to rephrase this to paint a clearer picture: Max Geronzi's part sampled PJ Ladd's part from Really Sorry. For a split moment in time, it sounded like the tailslide kickflip Max did earned a nearly identical cheer of praise from his homies on the session that day. There's no debate whether or not the two sounds were just similar - they are 100% the same piece of audio. It's actually a very interesting concept, and further adapts the idea of treating skateboarding videos like works of music.

I noted this insane observation to one of my friends, and he did some investigating of his own. Turns out there's more PJ audio spliced into the part - the switch tre at Barcelona's longest standing bump-to-bar also features some PJ noise. I'll have to do some more research once I buy the whole video on iTunes, but there's got to be some more samples thrown in there.

This is an ongoing investigation, but I'll close with this for now: What does it say about the longevity of PJ Ladd's Really Sorry part that 1) I would notice the inclusion of such an obscure piece of audio, and 2) That the post-production crew at Cliche would even think to use the audio in the first place? The answer is, of course, that silence truly was golden after all.

Thank you,

-Evan