Boomkat Product Review:
It's been a highly productive year for composer/sound designer/arch-synthesist Greg Davis, who has already released two of 2009s outstanding drone records in 'Mutually Arising' (Kranky) and 'Primes' (Autumn). 'Midpoint' arrives via Home Normal, revealing another different aspect of Davis' work, with a 2006 recording captured at Bellingham, Washington presented alongside a set captured at Burlington, Vermont earlier this year. The two pieces make for a compelling compare and contrast: both are executed with a masterful ear for detail, yet the approaches differ substantially. Back in 2006, Davis was clearly more focused on material that could be easily classified as an exercise in multilayered tonal sustains. Throughout there's an enormous bandwidth to the piece with plenty of detailed sub-currents to enchant the ear, but essentially this is a single, blissful analogue monolith that builds and develops into something utterly huge only to finally dissolve into watery field recordings and high frequency metallic percussion at the very close. The more recent live set reveals a more adventurous approach, integrating a number of different compositional elements from the very beginning: synthetic sounds, location noises and gong splashes swirl around in hypnotic harmony, absorbing an unexpected interjection from new-agey campfire drums, before finally a crisp piece of sequenced synth arpeggiation wraps the composition up in a dizzying digital crescendo. Excellent stuff, and a third great full-length from Davis this year.Very highly recommended.