Yeah I was aware of him on Sex and religion and knew he was crazy but not really listened to strapping or his solo work. Great stuff, hence why I love this thread!!
Although he denies it Devin knows about modes and makes extensively use of them.For sure he learned a lot about this issue from Vai and ofcourse he is a huge Zappa fan.
He is definitely a great musician but what most if his fans describe as "strange" and "unique" is just great song writing beyond the major/minor/pentatonic limits.Orchestral,big,heavy rock sound..
For sure Townsend is a great musician and not half as crazy as he would like to be.He knows exactly what he does and he does it great.
I am a big fan of him.