Hugh Davies was one of the masters of contemporary
experimental music. His tireless search for musical invention
and his historical accuracy led him to explore different fields
in music. This one is a selection of his lesser known
electronic pieces, that he choose to represent his own
approach to the matter.
Now that he’s not more with us this collection remains as an
outstanding picture of his creativity in music. In the broader
sense, as he was used to do.
“When I began my musical career in the mid-1960s I thought
of myself as a composer with a strong interest in what was
then known as electronic music, especially live electronic
music. My early work with live electronics soon led me to
what has become the main focus of my creative activities,
inventing and performing on new, usually amplified
instruments. Because I have been primarily involved in live
performance I have composed comparatively little taped
electronic music, even though, in addition to my small home
studio, I had free access to a university studio for 25 years
(modest for the first 15 years, and then well-equipped). This
album contains my most substantial compositions in the
medium, for prerecorded tape or CD. With the exception of
the opening section of Vision, which was included on the
cover CD of an issue of Avant magazine, none of these works
has previously been recorded commercially.(...)
The original versions of four of these five electronic
compositions had a theatrical connection. (...)
Natural Images (1976) and Tapestries (1982-83) were both
commissioned by small British modern dance companies (...).
Vision (1987) is an expansion of the tape sections of my dance
theatre composition I Have a Dream (1984-85), and similar
material is used in the only work without a theatrical link,
Celeritas (1987). From Trees and Rocks (2002) has a rather
different origin, having been commissioned as one of five
sonic museum-guides for an exhibition in Cologne, at which
individual visitors walked around the galleries wearing
headphones, creating their own interactions between the
selected sonic guide and the works of art on display.” (Hugh
1) Celeritas 8'37"
2) Natural Images 12'46"
3) Tapeestries 8'26"
4) From Trees And Rocks 9'48”
5) Vision 17'00”