Woolunda: Ten Solos for Didgeridoo In recent years, unprecedented interest in Australian
Aboriginal culture and art has helped to bring the visceral sound of the
to international awareness. Though little more than a
hollowed-out tree branch, this Northern Australian wind instrument is
capable of producing a vast array of intricate rhythms and otherworldly
tone colors. The elaborate improvisations that result not only suggest the
wonders of nature, but the mysteries of creation itself. The
speaks with an unforgettable, primordial voice to all who
is the first solo album by
virtuoso, David Hudson. Although he makes his own instruments and performs
in traditional styles, this artist has also taken the art form to a new
level through an innovative combination of extended techniques and modern
for instance, was the result of an
immediate response to the sonorous atmosphere created by a Lexicon digital
reverb. Hudson"s inventive use of voice, space and explosive blasts of
sound have more in common with 20th century avant-garde music than
ancestral Aboriginal music.
features another expansion of
didgeridoo technique. By fitting together two PVC pipes, one inside the
other, Hudson is able to modulate the pitch much like a trombone slide.
is an engaging combination of sounds from the Australian
outback set to joyful Celtic rhythms.
My People , on
the other hand, are rooted in Hudson"s years of traditional
playing. Recorded in a single evening, David Hudson"s spontaneous,
multi-leveled compositions were performed live with no overdubs or
post-production enhancements. Producer, Steve Roach, provided a carefully
designed resonant setting that inspired Hudson to play with ambience and to
in some unexpected directions. On
Woolunda , Hudson illustrates that the
is truly a
timeless instrument, able to sustain the ancestral sounds as it expresses
the continued evolution of the Aboriginal experience.