Hugh Davies

Hugh Davies

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For the American recording engineer use Hugh Davies (2).

English composer, improviser, instrument builder, archivist and teacher. Born April 23, 1943 in Exmouth, Devon, England; died January 1, 2005 in London. He studied music at Worcester College, Oxford from 1961 to 1964 where his classmates included future members of Monty Python's Flying Circus. In the late 1960's, he was Karlheinz Stockhausen's personal assistant. He left to work for the GRM in France, helping them update their listing of electronic music compositions and studios, and greatly expanding upon their original work. He continued compiling additions and corrections for this volume for the remainder of his life. When he returned to England, he helped found the ensembles Gentle Fire and The Music Improvisation Company. He held a position at Goldsmiths College and composed electronic music in their studios. He also collaborated with Daphne Oram, whose archives he was to care for after her passing. Throughout his career, Davies was interesting in building new instruments from common items, such as an eggslicer. His most famous instrument was the Shozyg, an assemblage of electronic circuits in the cover of an encyclopedia. Though this instrument was essentially played only by him, he did also construct an additional 10 copies as a special edition for Revue OU magazine. Mostly he was interested in making simple instruments to share with children and non-musicians. Near the end of his life, he compiled many of his writings into a book, "Sounds Heard: A Potpourri of Environmental Projects and Documentation, Projects with Children, Simple Musical Instruments, Sound Installations, Verbal Scores, and Historical Perspectives."
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Hugh Davies Discography

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INCUS 33 Paul Burwell / Hugh Davies / Max Eastley / Paul Lovens / Paul Lytton / Annabel Nicolson / Evan Parker / David Toop Paul Burwell / Hugh Davies / Max Eastley / Paul Lovens / Paul Lytton / Annabel Nicolson / Evan Parker / David Toop - Circadian Rhythm(LP) Incus INCUS 33 UK 1980 Sell This Version
Hugh Davies Shozyg Music For Invented Instruments (Album) FMP Germany 1982 Sell This Version
nr. 2 Ferdinand Försch, Hugh Davies, Hans-Karsten Raecke Ferdinand Försch, Hugh Davies, Hans-Karsten Raecke - Zeitkreis (1)(Cass, Album) Not On Label (Hans-Karsten Raecke Self-released) nr. 2 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
SM 500 135 D Hugh Davies - Hans-Karsten Raecke Hugh Davies - Hans-Karsten Raecke - Klangbilder(CD, Album) KLANGWERKSTATT edition SM 500 135 D Germany 1994 Sell This Version
FMR CD39-V0697 Hugh Davies Interplay(CD, Album) FMR Records (2) FMR CD39-V0697 UK 1997 Sell This Version
GROB 324 Hugh Davies Warming Up With The Iceman(CD, Album) GROB GROB 324 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
FMRCD104-0402 Hugh Davies Sounds Heard(CD, Album) FMR Records (2) FMRCD104-0402 UK 2002 Sell This Version
FMRCD23-i0903 Evan Parker, Philipp Wachsmann, Hugh Davies, Eddie Prevost* Evan Parker, Philipp Wachsmann, Hugh Davies, Eddie Prevost* - 888(CD, Album) FMR Records (2) FMRCD23-i0903 UK 2003 Sell This Version
AG04 Hugh Davies Tapestries(CD, Album) Ants AG04 Italy 2005 Sell This Version
at11 Hugh Davies + Adam Bohman / Lee Patterson / Mark Wastell Hugh Davies + Adam Bohman / Lee Patterson / Mark Wastell - For Hugh Davies(CD, Album) Another Timbre at11 UK 2008 Sell This Version
at-r01 Hugh Davies Performances 1969 - 1977(CDr, Album, Ltd) Another Timbre at-r01 UK 2008 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

AZ #21 Hugh Davies Shozyg I And II (1969)(File, MP3, 320) Another Timbre AZ #21 UK 2013

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