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On this 1995 outing, futuristic guitarist David Torn plants some of the seeds for his soon-to-be-well-known mastery of EFX and studio processing techniques. With this effort, the artist multi-tracks guitar parts, loops, voice, percussion, bass, and all programming, as many of these pieces feature Torn's subdued vocal mantras atop disfigured chord voicings and East Indian modalities. Here, Torn melds worldbeat-style motifs into a palate consisting of atmospheric treatments, blitzing electric lead soloing, ostinato percussion grooves, and Hendrix-like wah-wah guitar lines. The guitarist frequently soars into the stratosphere via bent notes and variegated effects, while also utilizing an acoustic guitar in spots. Nonetheless, this production actuates a fascinating glimpse into Torn's distinct artistry and should be deemed essential listening for those who share his forward-thinking sentiments.


Born: 26 May 1953 in Amityville, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

New York-based composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer, writer, and self-described "texturalist/guitarist" David Torn lent his distinctive style to numerous films and documentaries and collaborations. He worked with composers Howard Shore, Carter Burwell, and Ryuichi Sakamoto, as well as appeared on recordings from k.d. lang, David Bowie, Jim Carroll, Laurie Anderson, and a host of others. His solo works include Best Laid Plans (1984), Cloud About Mercury (1986), Door X (1990), Tripping...
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