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Life is Endless Like Our Field of Vision - The Music of Huck Hodge (b.1977) / JACK Quartet, Talea Ensemble, Huck Hodge, piano, computer, melodica

Album Summary

>Hodge, Huck : Alêtheia, for ensemble
>Hodge, Huck : Pools of shadow from an older sky, for piano & computer
>Hodge, Huck : Out of a Dark Sea, for ensemble
>Hodge, Huck : re[(f)use], for string quartet, melodica & electronics
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The music of Huck Hodge (b. 1977) draws extensively, if obliquely, on experiences from his northwestern American heritage. Uniquely Northwestern light patterns act as an inspiration in much of his music - the way that a piercing slant of light, breaking through a dreary Seattle cloudscape, casts an intense, otherworldly chiaroscuro on the landscape - the ethereal yellowness of the light in bas-relief against the yawning darkness of the sky. These stark contrasts in light and dark find their way into his striking combination of pure and dissonant harmonies, widely spaced orchestrations and vast, diffuse timbres. The works on this CD, written over a period of half a dozen years, display a breadth of conception that is refreshing to encounter in such a young composer while also indicating the process of rapid development that has characterized his trajectory so far.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Hodge's music is composed with timbre first, everything else later. Sound is everything - the essential stuff. The opening work, Aletheia, is a negotiation between the static and shifting elements in Hodge's music - finicky timbral changes versus static pedals - based on ancient arguments about change and stability. Pools of Shadow From an Older Sky has snatches of Monteverdi and a fantasia-like cadenza played by the composer. Out of the Dark Sea evokes a walk on the Montauk shore at night, an eerie, lonely, mystical experience. All the music on this program is full of atmosphere and a sense of the uncanny, vividly evoked by the performers. Hodge offers sounds that are new - a melodica, a credit card, a cell phone ring tone. Berlioz and Poe would recognize it.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: DXARTS Studios, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (06/06/2013); Oktaven Aucio LLC, Yonkers, NY (06/06/2013); DXARTS Studios, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (07/02/2013); Oktaven Aucio LLC, Yonkers, NY (07/02/2013); DXARTS Studios, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (11/21/2013); Oktaven Aucio LLC, Yonkers, NY (11/21/2013); DXARTS Studios, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (11/26/2013); Oktaven Aucio LLC, Yonkers, NY (11/26/2013).



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Works Details

>Hodge, Huck : Alêtheia, for ensemble
  • Conductor: Jim Baker
  • Ensemble: Talea Ensemble
  • Running Time: 17 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010-2011

>Hodge, Huck : Pools of shadow from an older sky, for piano & computer
  • Performer: Huck Hodge (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Talea Ensemble
  • Running Time: 17 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Hodge, Huck : Out of a Dark Sea, for ensemble
  • Conductor: Jim Baker
  • Ensemble: Talea Ensemble
  • Running Time: 15 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2006

>Hodge, Huck : re[(f)use], for string quartet, melodica & electronics
  • Performer: Huck Hodge (Melodica)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012