Well much like at the end of 2004, I have another bummer of a music-related death to report. British composer, performer, instrument inventor, lecturer and musicologist Hugh Davies has died. He was 62. I am most familiar with his sounds on the Music Improvisation Company LPs (one on Incus and one on ECM) and on the Work on What Has Been Spoiled LP with the mighty Borbetomagus. I never got a chance to hear his many other projects, though a number of them were recorded for posterity. This academic biography sums up his work nicely, and the GROB label also has an interesting sounding reissue of Warming Up with the Iceman from 2001.