DAVID TORN

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For David Torn / Tim Berne / Ches Smith trio Sun of Goldfinger search under Sun of Goldfinger. For Torn's Prezens search under Prezens.

David Torn (born 1953 in Amityville, New York) is a guitarist and composer known for electronics and performance techniques that have a highly atmospheric or textural quality. He is particularly well known among guitarists for his use of looping effects.

Torn rose to prominence as a member of Jan Garbarek's quartet in the mid-1980's. He has recorded six albums as a leader for the ECM, Windham Hill, CMP, and 75 Ark record labels. He has also recorded a series of CD-ROMs with looping and other ambient music material that can be used as samples by other artists.

In 1992 he was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma, a life-threatening form of brain tumor. The surgery that followed left him deaf in the right ear, but didn't rob
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DAVID TORN David Torn, G. Gordon : Best Laid Plans album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
David Torn, G. Gordon : Best Laid Plans
Nu Jazz 1985
DAVID TORN Clouds About Mercury album cover 4.24 | 12 ratings
Clouds About Mercury
Nu Jazz 1987
DAVID TORN Door X album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Door X
Nu Jazz 1990
DAVID TORN Polytown album cover 4.18 | 6 ratings
Polytown
Nu Jazz 1994
DAVID TORN Tripping Over God album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Tripping Over God
Nu Jazz 1995
DAVID TORN What Means Solid, Traveller? album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
What Means Solid, Traveller?
Nu Jazz 1996
DAVID TORN Splattercell – Oah album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Splattercell – Oah
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2000
DAVID TORN The Order - Original Motion Picture Score (aka The Sin Eater) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Order - Original Motion Picture Score (aka The Sin Eater)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2003
DAVID TORN Lars and the Real Girl album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lars and the Real Girl
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2007

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DAVID TORN Only Sky album cover 3.93 | 3 ratings
Only Sky
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2015

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DAVID TORN The David Torn Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The David Torn Collection
Nu Jazz 1998

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DAVID TORN Only Sky

Live album · 2015 · Jazz Related Improv/Composition
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My first encounter with David Torn was also an ECM album - Cloud About Mercury. I actually found it used sometime shortly after it's release in 1986. I didn't know who David Torn was but was well aware of his fellow bandmates - Mark Isham, Tony Levin, Bill Bruford. He might be better know by some as a gueest musician. He's worked with Tori Amos, Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Happy Rhodes, Jeff Beck, and David Sylvian to name a few. Also had a more prominent role in Bruford Levin Upper Extremeties; Levin Torn White; as well as leading up Torn, Karn, and Bozzio.

For those who are acquainted with Torn as a guest musician he does have a fairly trademark style that once you get to know you will recognise even if you don't already know he's on as a guest musician.

As far as I know this is his only true solo project to date. He plays guitar and an electric oud (a guitar like instrument used in middle eastern and mediterranean music). No credit is given to whatever he's using for his loops.

The music is played solo without overdubs as near as I can tell. It's very ambient and should certainly be of interest to people who like Robert Fripp's solo guitar works.

DAVID TORN Polytown

Album · 1994 · Nu Jazz
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Guitarist David Torn is known by his great collaborative albums with different leading jazz and rock musicians. This album is released by trio with bassist Mick Karn and drummer Terri Bozzio. The trio recorded this only studio album, but what a release it is!

Three very competent musicians play in common almost twenty instruments there on this recording, but main sound accents are repetitive bass constructions and ambient electric guitar screams/noodling.Album atmosphere is dark,liquid,hypnotic and emotionally influential. Possibly some can find this music a bit repetitive, but very diverse drumming,vital guitar and bass pulsation will hardly make you feel bored.

Possibly not the album for everyone's taste, but for those with love to experimental guitar fusion with complex rhythmical constructions and dark ambient atmosphere, this album is first class release.

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