Magazine article Gramophone

Hodge: 'Life Is Endless like Our Field of Vision'

Magazine article Gramophone

Hodge: 'Life Is Endless like Our Field of Vision'

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Hodge 'Life is endless like our field of vision' Aletheia (a). Pools of shadow from an older sky (b). Out of a Dark Seac. re[(f)use] (d) Huck Hodge (b) pf/ (bd) elecs/(d) melodica (d) Jack Quartet; (ac) Talea Ensemble / Jim Baker New World [F] NW80758-2 (68' * DDD)

In four works written since 2006, 38-year-olc Huck Hodge from the 'junior professorial ranks' at the University of Washington explores a series of unique but familial sonic spaces in which piano, winds, strings and digital technology in different configurations conjure up worlds of musical magic.

Five minutes into the purely instrumental Aletheia, inspired by Parmenides, Heraclitus and Heidegger no less, the woodwinds begin making sounds like human voices; 15 minutes in, the music erupts into a chirping and singing, like a Central American aviary, one of Hodge's uses of lovely theatrical coups. Out of a Dark Sea, also for small mixed ensemble and suggested by the 'raw visual power' of a walk on a deserted Long Island beach in the dead of winter, alternates waves of texture and sound before resolving their differences at the end in a most diverting way. …

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