Birthplace: Chatham, Kent, England
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: Founding member of Art of Noise
Anne Dudley began her musical training in the classical tradition at the age of 12, when she was accepted into the Royal College of Music. All the more peculiar that she would end up performing in the audio-deconstructionist dance group Art of Noise fifteen years later. The transition came about through her introduction to producer Trevor Horn: initially, she was enlisted to do string arrangements for Horn on records for bands such as ABC and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, but this put her in position to be involved when Horn put the Art of Noise project together in 1982.
Despite their (at the time) unconventional approach, the Art of Noise proved to be popular in both the States and the UK. In 1986 the group separated itself from Horn and moved into more accessible directions -- collaborating with 60s guitar legend Duane Eddy, providing songs for the film Dragnet, and recreating the Prince song Kiss with the help of crooner Tom Jones. A more unusual collaboration followed in 1989 when the Art of Noise combined forces with the African ensemble Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens on the single Yebo.
In 1990 the group dissolved and Anne continued with the arrangement and production work she had been doing concurrent with her involvement in the Art of Noise. The following year she released her first post-AoN release, Songs from the Victorious City (1991), created in collaboration with Killing Joke founder Jaz Coleman. At this point Dudley also began to concentrate more heavily on another aspect of her career, creating numerous scores for British television (such as the series Jeeves and Wooster, which featured the comedy duo of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie) and the British and American film industry. Among her many film credits are soundtracks for The Crying Game (1992), The Full Monty (1997)(for which she received an Oscar)American History X (1998), Pushing Tin (1999). In 1999 the Art of Noise briefly reunited to record The Seduction Of Claude Debussy. Dudley subsequently became the BBC Concert Orchestra's "Composer in Association" in 2002.
Husband: Paul Dudley (engineer/producer)
University: Royal College of Music, London
Art of Noise Keyboardist 1982-90, 1999
Anne Dudley and Jaz Coleman Keyboardist 1991
Oscar Best Original Score (1997)
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