Greg Davis
Greg Davis
Label: Kranky Records
Genre: Rock
Online: Artist Website


Greg Davis is a musician based in Chicago. As an undergraduate at DePaul University in Chicago, Greg Davis studied classical and jazz guitar alongside composition and jazz studies.

In 1997, he started his own label, Autumn Records, in order to put out his music and that of others. Several CDR releases later, Autumn Records relocated to Boston in 1999 and released the Autumnature compilation in May of 2001, which featured the likes of: Marumari, Hrvatski, Lexaunculpt, Cex, Colongib, Asterisk (aka Greg Davis), among others. At this time Greg was attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he received his master's degree in composition in June 2001. Mouthmoth Records' Mothballs 7 inch series also featured several tracks by Greg (as Asterisk) and his performing duo, Parallel, with Don Mennerich. Greg was an active performer in the Boston area, playing many shows by himself and with Parallel. Greg returned to Chicago in August 2002.

Somnia collects drone-oriented material Davis has been working over the last two to three years and includes a track, "Mirages (version 2)," recorded in spring 2004 using a schaaf punch card music box and computer. Each track features a single instrument (bowed psaltery, acoustic guitar, harmonica, fender rhodes, magnus chord organ) played by Davis and then filtered through a computer. The tones that come out of the process bear little immediate resemblance to the instrument of origin, taking on extended and diffuse forms of their own.