Anne Dudley

Born:
May 07, 1956

About

From Wikipedia:

Anne Jennifer Dudley (née Beckingham; born 7 May 1956) is a British composer, keyboardist, conductor and pop musician. She was the first BBC Concert Orchestra’s Composer in Association in 2001. She has worked in the classical and pop genres, as a film composer, and was one of the core members of the synth-pop band Art of Noise. In 1998, Dudley won an Oscar for Best Original Musical or Comedy Score for The Full Monty. In addition to over twenty other film scores, in 2012 she served as music producer for the film version of Les Misérables, also acting as arranger and composing some new additional music.

Career

Dudley was born in Beckenham, Kent. She graduated with a master’s in music from King’s College London in 1978. Trained as a classical performer, she moved into the competitive commercial field as a session musician, where her professional relationship with Trevor Horn began. In 1982, Dudley contributed to the Horn-produced The Lexicon of Love album by ABC. She went from fleshing-out keyboard parts to scoring the album’s orchestrations (which were, according to Horn, her first-ever string arrangements) and also co-writing some of the songs.

Dudley was a founding member of the band Art of Noise in 1983, which helped pioneer the use of sampling within the pop genre. Their hits include “Beat Box” (1984), “Moments in Love” (1985), “Close (to the Edit)” (1984), “Paranoimia” (1986), which featured a monologue about insomnia by the artificial intelligence character, Max Headroom, and, with Tom Jones, “Kiss”, a Top 10 in 1988. Art of Noise also produced the theme tune to the ITV game show The Krypton Factor which was used between 1986 and 1993. “(Theme From) The Krypton Factor” was composed and recorded in 1986 and was reworked as “Crusoe” on their 1987 album.

Dudley’s association with Trevor Horn and Art of Noise led on to working with artists such as Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Seal, Marc Almond, Rod Stewart, Robbie Williams and, more recently, Siphiwo. She has co-written songs with Malcolm McLaren (“Buffalo Gals”), Cathy Dennis (“Too Many Walls”), and a 1930s-inspired song with Sting called “This Was Never Meant to Be”.

She produced the Tom Jones hit “You Can Leave Your Hat On” (1988) and a Debbie Harry single “Strike Me Pink” (1993).

In 1989, Dudley produced and conducted the string arrangements for the eponymous debut album by Welsh sophisti-pop duo Waterfront. Her intricate production is demonstrated most notably on the song “Nature of Love”, which was released as a single in both the UK and US. Another collaboration in 1989 was with Neil Tennant from Pet Shop Boys and Bernard Sumner of New Order; Dudley contributed the lush string arrangements on their debut Electronic release, “Getting Away with It”, which peaked at #12 in the UK in December 1989, and #38 in the US in 1990. […]

Anne Dudley worked as session musician on Paul McCartney’s albums “Give My Regards To Broad Street” and “Press To Play”.

Albums, EPs & singles which Anne Dudley contributed to


Give My Regards To Broad Street (CD version)

By Paul McCartney • Official album

Contribution: Synthesizers • 1 songs


No More Lonely Nights

By Paul McCartney • 7" Single

Contribution: Synthesizers • 1 songs


Press To Play

By Paul McCartney • Official album

Contribution: Orchestration • 1 songs


Press To Play (LP version)

By Paul McCartney • Official album

Contribution: Orchestration • 1 songs


Press To Play (1993)

By Paul McCartney • Official album

Contribution: Orchestration • 1 songs


Pure McCartney

By Paul McCartney • Official album

Contribution: Synthesizers • 1 songs


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

By Paul McCartney • Official album

Contribution: Synthesizers • 1 songs


The 7” Singles Box

By Paul McCartney • 7" Single

Contribution: Synthesizers • 1 songs

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