David Torn – What Means Solid, Traveller?

I knew David Torn from his work with Marc Johnson and his project Cloud Above Mercury. I found it interesting. Until I first heard this record. It blew me away, and – to be honest – it still does. It is somehow out of this world. Using samplers, transformed voices and his main instrument the guitar, he produces an astounding sonic range. The menacing subdued intro of the record sort of announced the violence that is at hand. Playing different types of scales, non-western scales and deliberately playing off-key tickles the ear. It is not for the faint hearted to dive into this pool of sounds. It is not for all but if you do, you’ll be rewarded. Also now as a film composer, he has been rewarded several times as the most valued player