by Hans Stoeve
When it's good, it's very good. But when it's bad, it's not good. I'm talking about the brotherhood of didjeridu players that walk this earth. Some of the more interesting sounds emanating from this ancient instrument have funnily enough come from anywhere but the indigenous inhabitants of this country. Listen to the likes of Lights In A Fat City to hear for yourself what I mean by this. Of course there are others, and we all have our favourites. David Hudson has been around for quite some time and he hasn't always been that interesting to listen to. After all, the instrument itself has a limited range and on it's own... well, let's just say you need patience. You can only listen to someone replicating the sound of a dingo, or a cassowary or barking dog so many times before you reach into your collection for that classic Led Zep album and listen to the guitar work on "Stairway To Heaven". Played with respect, it creates some of the most primal soundscapes you will ever encounter on this planet. These days it seems to be turning up everywhere, which is good in one way, but bad in another. Yes, it gets the message across that this is an amazing tool in the right hands, but with overkill it loses it's potency. But with other instruments, it's sheer magic.
And this is what you get on this recording. Magic. David Hudson in partnership with Steve Roach have found an amazing partnership which should see them go a long way. They have recorded together before, but on this recording have never sounded better. This is serious dreamtime music. Steve Roach produced, recorded and mixed this, so he ends up putting his sonic thumb print all over it. This is one very atmospheric number which will please a lot of people who may be familiar with Roach's music, especially his dreamtime material. This is wonderful stuff and I take my hat off to David Hudson, but make no mistake, you also have to tip your hat to Roach as well.