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David Torn

David Torn is a texturalist/guitarist (winner of Guitar Player Magazine's Readers' Poll Award, Experimental category: 1994 & 1997), composer, multi-instrumentalist (live looping, oud, saz, kikuyae, kotar, MacOS, samplers, programming, mandolin, optigan, etc.), producer, writer, occasional singer & sporadically vociferous consultant to technological niches within the musical instrument manufacturing community, among other things..... Torn’s work on music for film & tv (& soundtrack releases): Torn's first major soundtrack as sole composer has just been released: The Order, directed by Brian Helgeland and starring Heath Ledger and Shannyn Sossamon, will be in cinemas on September 5th 2003

Congratulations to You

Label: Screwgun Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Bat Tears; Coco Tangle; Congratulations to You.

Tranceportation (Volume 2)

Label: RareNoiseRecords
Released: 2020
Track listing: Triskaidekaphilia; Tranceportation; Slowburn; Cloud Chamber.

Summer Synthesis 1978

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Waterways; An Approaching Stranger; Through Other Channels; Inner Gardens; Upa War Jazz; Amu Darya; Our Separation; Interlude; Radha Dreaming; Cloud Cover; Mystery Guards; Magnus Drek; Schismo; Lumination.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sun of Goldfinger: Congratulations to You

Read "Congratulations to You" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

As if Tim Berne were a pied piper bearing the eleventh hour of democracy solely on his back, on the fourteen-minute opener “Bat Tears" (recorded in 2010) his rebel alto and now-retired baritone saxophones presciently pierce the abhorrent now under which we all labor, with a viscerally ecstatic, David Torn-Dopplered, sweeping, urgency which seizes the senses ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

PAKT at ShapeShifter Lab

Read "PAKT at ShapeShifter Lab" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

PAKT ShapeShifter Lab Brooklyn, New York August 15, 2020 For their live stream concert from Brooklyn's ShapeShifter Lab, guitarists Alex Skolnick and Tim Motzer, fretless bass guitarist Percy Jones and drummer Kenny Grohowski followed New York's pandemic guidelines: they wore masks and maintained a six-foot social distance. So retroactively, organizer Leonardo ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A selection of brand new music

Read "A selection of brand new music" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week all new sounds: Jacksonville Florida Jazz Collective Madre Vaca interpret the music of Franz Schubert with their take on the Winterreise song cycle. Another release from the new label 9donkeys with a live recording of Tim Berne, David Torn and Ches Smith as Sun of Goldfinger. A stunning new album of jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jonathan Suazo / Gabriel Vicens / Leonardo Osuna: No Base Trio

Read "No Base Trio" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

There's an eery sumptuousness to the gravity-free, genre-less sound of No Base Trio that makes it incredibly difficult to get on with the day. The slant and tilt of modular sonic eruptions grab immediate attention. Its cascading, formless ambience affords strange new spaces to inhabit, explore, and contemplate during lockdown. Hailing from Puerto Rico, ...

Sonar With David Torn: Tranceportation (Volume 1 - 2)

Read "Sonar With David Torn: Tranceportation (Volume 1 - 2)" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Swiss art rock/minimalist band Sonar have been collaborating with American guitarist/live looper David Torn since their album Vortex (RareNoiseRecords, 2018). After that they documented live performance together with Live At Moods (7d Media, 2018), and Torn also played a prominent role in Sonar leader Stephan Thelen's Fractal Guitar (MoonJune Records, 2019). Torn had come ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sonar With David Torn: Tranceportation (Volume 2)

Read "Tranceportation (Volume 2)" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

In 2018 avant-garde guitarist David Torn fell in with some good company, the Swiss group Sonar, founded by guitarist Stephan Thelen. The result was Vortex (RareNoiseRecords), featuring Torn, who, in his words, contributed: “Textural events that can sometimes go on for minutes...and then the solo voice becomes almost like the cherry on top." Sonar ...


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