Settimio Fiorenzo Palermo studied for a BA in Sonic Art at Middlesex University with Hugh Davies. After completing a Master in Sonic Art with a dissertation on sound poetry and the work of Henri Chopin, Settimio started a PhD researching the work of Hugh Davies, in particular between 1960 and 1980. Settimio has presented his research at various conferences nationally and internationally. Most recently he has discussed the environmental aesthetics and ethics of Davies’s work at Ecomusicologies, an event part of the American Musicological Society annual meeting, which was held in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Settimio has also catalogued the Hugh Davies collection at the British Library, which consists of about 300 tape recordings by and of Davies, and in September 2012 he curated the Hugh Davies room, part of the SHO-ZYG exhibition at St. James Hatcham, Goldsmiths College. This exhibition drew a wealth of resources on Davies available at the British Library, Science Museum, and from his private estate. Settimio lectures on music at Middlesex University, is currently finishing his PhD, and looking for funding to catalogue the Hugh Davies archive at the British Library.
FON 13 – The Work of Hugh Davies (1 of 2) from Octopus Collective on Vimeo.