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date: 18 August 2019

Dudley, Annelocked

  • David Burnand

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(b Chatham, May 7, 1956). English composer, performer and producer. After studying at the RCM and at King’s College, London (MMus, 1979), she reacted against the modernist purism of her training, developing instead a wide stylistic range that has brought her commercial success as both pop musician and film composer. This catholic approach is apparent in much of her work for the screen, for example in The Full Monty and in the television series of Jeeves and Wooster in which period and mood are strongly characterized, while musical coherence is ensured through thematic development. Dudley is also capable of sustaining a more limited stylistic palette where appropriate, for instance in the score for The Crying Game, where it is reserved largely for the poignant and tender moments, emphasizing the essentially gentle nature of this story. Dudley’s association with pop producer Trevor Horn and The Art of Noise group in the 1980s enabled her to work at the forefront of technological developments in music production, especially with regards to sampling and remixing. The combination of high technology and acoustic writing can be found on her album ...

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