[Microsound-announce] John Hudak "sotto voce" - new album on con-v

conv info at con-v.org
Fri Dec 9 11:21:43 EST 2005

Hello everybody.

Conv is proud to present the brand new album of NYC artist John Hudak
after his excellents releases on Spekk and and/OAR:

Poised somewhere between mechanical music & chamber pieces (for
pizzicato cello), these tracks herald the return of the avantgarde to
her original locality: the salon, this heart of 'bourgeois' society.
The non-communicative qualities of the modernistic literary avantgarde
(of which James Joyce & Gertrude Stein in particular may be
considered iconographic), we find here in the sublimated form of
tranquil and austere monophonies, the unique character of which - each
voice, each work, each individual genius - now comes to reside purely
in the abstracted prosody of midi-triggered cello samples. This is
altogether an undeniably 'post-modern' take on modernism: the
unrelentless and self-consuming presence of the original art of which
these pieces are derived (the pieces are taken from the voices of
Gertrude Stein and James Joyce reading from their works) has now taken
a much more diluted and yet more immanent form: a music which having
soaked up all the heavy-weighing ambiance of artistic ideals &
pretension and, having become satiated, now softly leaks out into the
salon as conversation pieces, bringing human life in all its
'ordinariness' (the inverted comma's, being the trade-mark of
postmodernity, signifying its own special character) back into the
room, and perhaps breathing new life into the idea of the salon.


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