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HUDAK, JOHN - Miss Dove, Mr. Dove

Format: CD-R
Label & Cat.Number: AFE RECORDS afe102lcd
Release Year: 2009
Note: new work by the father of conceptual microtonals from obscure origins, this is a treated field recording of doves; lim. 100
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Zu den innovativsten, aber sicherlich auch am schwierigsten zugänglichen Neutönern gehört seit längerem JOHN HUDAK, der v.a. in den 80/90er Jahren mit ober-obskuren Tapes eine kleine Anzahl von Fans glücklich machen konnte. Seine stark konzeptlastige Musik basiert oft auf einem bestimmten Objekt-Sound oder einer Idee, die neue Zugangsmöglichkeiten für das Hören an sich erschliesst. Auf dieser (wie immer im exquisiten Cover ausgestatteter) AFE-CD sind Klänge von TAUBEN & dazugehörige Aussenaufnahmen verfremdet worden, das Ergebnis ist an seltsamem Klang & eigenartiger quasi-Rhythmik kaum zu überbieten..

"John Hudak has been interested in sound and music from the age of four when he began to play a variety of instruments. At the University of Delaware (BA, English 1981) and Naropa Institute for the Arts (1979), he studied video, photography, creative writing and dance. He then began to create taped soundtracks for his solo performance-art/dance pieces that later developed into sound-only pieces. In recent years, he has concentrated solely on sound, particularly natural sounds. Hudak’s current work focuses on the rhythms and melodies that exist in our daily aural environments. These sounds usually remain hidden, as we tend to overlook their musical qualities, or their musical qualities are obscured through mixture with other sounds. In simplified terms, what he is doing could be considered "re-framing what is already there so that it can be admired." His work has been published by labels such as Alluvial Recordings, and/OAR, Korm Plastics, Aesova, Intransitive Recordings, Digital Narcis, Presto!? and many others.
"Miss Dove, Mr. Dove" was especially created by John Hudak for a release on Afe. Here's a description of the album inception in his own words: "During the late spring of 2007, my family spent some time visiting relatives in the Czech Republic, in a small village outside of Prague called Pelhřimov. One morning there, I woke to the sound of many doves. The building we stayed in was directly across from another similar building, and the space between the two created a wide echo. The birds sat on the adjacent building, making their plaintive sounds, at the crack of dawn; their sound mixing with the sounds of people talking as they left for work, and the sounds of trucks idling while making their morning deliveries." The original field-recordings were manipulated via software treatments to create a one hour long composition which is intended to be played as background sound/music." [label notes]

"Since many years I closely follow the work of John Hudak. In the early days it came on cassette and then on CD and CDR. One thing has remained a constant factor in his music and that his interest to explore one theme per project. On cassette always two actually, one per side, but these days its one piece per CD/CDR release. On 'Miss Dove, Mr. Dove' he uses field recordings made in the Czech Republic, recording doves at dawn, while traffic and people on the street increases. These sounds are treated with some kind of unnamed software and the entire piece lasts an hour. 'It is intended to be played as background sound/music', it says on the press release, and that's quite right. The music has changes, but throughout they are quite minimal, with envelopes on specific sounds being opened with great care. Music to be played while doing something - reading being my preferred kind of activity. Non-intentional music, the perfect back-drop. Like Satie intended with his music for furniture. Ambient music as Eno intended, but of a somewhat stranger kind. The bird like sounds are rhythmical, cut-up and not endlessly flowing. Very nice. " [FdW / Vital Weekly]