“Unity” CD by Sonic Twist®

“Unity” CD by Sonic Twist®

Muse Eek Publishing Inc. presents Sonic Twist’s® New CD Release “Unity.”   Adventurous Ambient Electronic Excursions by Judi Silvano and Bruce Arnold. We are releasing one video and audio track each week. The complete CD and DVD will be released in January 2021. Check back each week on Tuesday to see a new video and/or listen to the audio!

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Featuring:

Judi Silvano–Voice with Live Processing

Bruce Arnold–Guitar and SuperCollider


The Tracks from Sonic Twist’s® “Unity” CD.

For the “Unity” CD Sonic Twist® picked “composing in the moment” pieces from the vast repertoire that were more adventurous in nature.

Video for “A Ha” from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Unity”

This composing in the moment piece was one of the first Sonic Twist® recorded in front of a green screen which adds endless visual possibilities to any video. While listening back to the take, editor Michal Shapiro and Sonic Twist® agreed that there was something reminiscent of a flowing current in the music. Rather than looking for footage of water however, Michal Shapiro decided to take a less literal approach, and used her own collage “Algae” as a backdrop and keyed it to the music’s transitions. The result is “A-Ha!” a refreshing and happy video.

“A Ha”

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Video for “That’s What That Is” the 2nd Track from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Unity.”

Sonic Twist’s® edgy video “That’s What That Is” highlights singer Judi Silvano’s rare ability to improvise music and words simultaneously. Guitarist Bruce Arnold initially follows her opening phrase, and then adds his own processed sounds, through the track’s many moods. For this video Sonic Twist® called in dancer Maria Mitchell to interpret the music, and she responded with her own spatial improvisations including a recurring motif of Time as she conjured up a sun dial marking the minutes and hours, underscoring the words Moment…Now…Before.

The vocal becomes more intense is it goes from ruminations on Time to its relationship to identity. Videographer Michal Shapiro and Judi Silvano worked together on coordinating Maria Mitchell’s movements by literally slowing down the time in parts of the dance, and overlapping images where the vocal is highly processed. This is what makes “That’s What That Is” such a weirdly exhilarating experience.

“That’s What That Is”

Audio Only Track for “That’s What That Is” by Sonic Twist®

Below is the audio only version of “That’s What That Is” from the Sonic Twist® CD “Unity.”

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“Capricious”

Below you will find audio and video from the Sonic Twist® release entitled “Capricious” The video for this composition was created by Michal Shapiro.

“Capricious” by Sonic Twist®

Sonic Twist’s® playful performance of “Capricious” was captured on video during an early session at the Heard Instinct Studio. It offers a glimpse into just how spontaneous and interactive vocalist Judi Silvano and guitarist Bruce Arnold can be. There are no effects on the voice or the guitar, and one can plainly see the music as it is being made in the moment. It is pure pleasure to see and hear this kind of delightful interplay, as Judi Silvano slips, slides and warbles like a lark with Bruce Arnold buoying her up like a sprightly gust of Spring wind.

Video for “Capricious,” the 3rd Track from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Unity.”

Videographer Michal Shapiro couldn’t resist keeping the final few seconds after the music stops in the edit. How often do we see such out and out happiness outside of a playground? This is fun stuff!

Audio Only Track for “Capricious” by Sonic Twist®

Below is the audio only version of “Capricious” from the Sonic Twist® CD “Unity.”

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“Confabulation” by Sonic Twist®

Sonic Twist’s® video of “Confabulation” is like an abstract Twilight Zone episode. The video is plainly disturbing as it shows how a person who is troubled can wink in and out of realities. The dancer Maria Mitchell reacted to the eerie music of Sonic Twist® (Bruce Arnold , guitar and vocalist Judi Silvano) by limiting her movements, like a frightened child. The use of mirror images and positive/negative visuals enhances the nightmarish quality of her every move. Judi Silvano and Bruce Arnold wink in and out of the video like spirits, and Maria Mitchell seems as if she is torn in two; sometimes she is her own Siamese twin, sometimes she is no more than two hands. Musically the same is true; it functions as the inner voice in conflict.

Video for “Confabulation,” the 14th Track from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Unity.”

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Below you will find audio and video from the Sonic Twist® release entitled “I Saw That” The video for this composition was created by Michal Shapiro.

“I Saw That” by Sonic Twist®

Vocalist Judi Silvano has a way with words, and she mines her own subconscious to express them in her work with guitarist Bruce Arnold . In Sonic Twist’s® “I Saw That” she starts off in a whisper, with Bruce Arnold joining in only as a pulse point, and giving her free rein to wander wherever she will. And wander she does; free-associating through evocative inner dialogues. When it came time to create a video for the piece, videographer Michal Shapiro. felt strongly that the transitions from one fleeting idea to another conjured up the thought processes of –perhaps a dog? As fate would have it, Georgia the miniature dachshund was the perfect subject, and her owner, artist Joshua Abelow was willing to follow her around over the course of several days and donate the footage. Remarkably, Georgia’s high metabolism was totally in sync with Bruce Arnold’s guitar pulsations – even her tail wagged in time! The final wonderful coincidence was Georgia’s excursion over to the neighboring rural cemetery, perfectly visualizing Judi ‘s extemporaneous rumination on mortality: “Why do we have to stop—why can’t we go on like this some more?” This is a charming video featuring the adorable mini-dachshund Georgia. She is sadly is no longer with us. But Sonic Twist’s® “I Saw That” is a fine memento of this affectionate, whimsical creature.

Video for “I Saw That,” the 3rd Track from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Unity.”

Audio Only Track for “I Saw That” by Sonic Twist®

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Below you will find audio and video from the Sonic Twist® release entitled “Bruce’s Boogie” The video for this composition was created by Michal Shapiro.

“Bruce’s Boogie” by Sonic Twist®

“Bruce’s Boogie” is Sonic Twist® at its funkiest and most playful. Named after one of music’s dancingest grooves, (and guitarist Bruce Arnold , of course) the music struts and bounces on a clavinet-like sound, with singer Judi Silvano dropping in to add some vocal “spicy noodles!” Inspired by the music, dancer Hilary Brown wore a very stylized striped shirt – a nod to the legendary Lockers, perhaps? Needless to say, the shirt supplied all kinds of inspirations, from gestures to video motifs, and also added an element of whimsey that was perfect for the music. In putting the video together, videographer Michal Shapiro. noted the way that the stripes expanded and contracted with Hilary Brown’s undulating torso, creating an almost-moiré effect. Taking her cue from that, Michal Shapiro created a slowly moving horizontal stripe for a background, that echoed and interacted with Hilary Brown’s movements. Add some super-saturated colors with layered dancing and the effect of “Bruce’s Boogie” is part Op Art, part Psychedelia, and all Funk.

Video for “Bruce’s Boogie,” the 4th Track from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Unity.”

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Below you will find audio and video from the Sonic Twist® release entitled “Dryads” The video for this composition was created by Michal Shapiro.

“Dryads” by Sonic Twist®

The spirits that inhabit trees awaken in the Sonic Twist® video “Dryads.” Opening with Bruce Arnold’s guitar shimmering like wind in the forest, the video finds dancer Hilary Brown (the Dryad) in her leafy home and emerging from its trunk. Vocalist Judi Silvano sounds the echoing calls of other Dryads to awaken. At first almost transparent, the Dryad becomes more corporeal as the video progresses, and the spirits rise into the treetops, where the sun in the high branches becomes hallucinatory and the Dryads celebrate. In a change of pace, guitarist Bruce Arnold and Singer Judi Silvano conjure a sudden gust of wind; dancer Hilary Brown is tossed about, but then, drawing strength from the leaves, the Dryad subdues the activity and sinks back into her tree form. “Dryads” is a haunting video with an animist heart.

Video for “Dryads,” from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Unity.”

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Below you will find audio and video from the Sonic Twist® release entitled “Lacewing” The video for this composition was created by Michal Shapiro.

“Lacewing” by Sonic Twist®

The guitar figure played by Bruce Arnold that opens Sonic Twist’s® video “Lacewing” summons up the flight of a tiny winged creature and vocalist Judi Silvano’s entrance continues this delicate reference. For videographer Michal Shapiro, it recalls a fond childhood memory of evening summers in the country, when after chasing lightning bugs, she would sometimes see diminutive Lacewings perched on window screens. These nocturnal insects can be seen from dusk to dawn, as they feast on flower nectar and pollen. Their pale green translucent wings and copper eyes give them an especially fragile beauty. The video “Lacewing” pays homage to both lace and lacewings with motifs of classic embroidered lace to depict clouds, forests, flowers and fields in sunlight that wanes into the night. The music by guitarist Bruce Arnold and vocalist Judi Silvano creates the energy of that day, and ends with a gentle goodnight diminuendo.”

Video for “Lacewing,” from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Unity.”

Audio Only Track for “Lacewing” by Sonic Twist®

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Below you will find audio and video from the Sonic Twist® release entitled “Hovercraft” The video for this composition was created by Michal Shapiro.

“Hovercraft” by Sonic Twist®

Sonic Twist’s® video “Hovercraft” demonstrates the visual similarities between the arteries of traffic and the arteries that keep us alive. Bruce Arnold’s Guitar sound seems to be calling from faraway—perhaps beaming the music down from a drone? Singer Judi Silvano’s voice is likewise hushed and whispery, as if half heard from another room. When casting about for the proper images for the video, editor Michal Shapiro came across terrific aerial footage of intersections and highways shot from far above, which lent the perfect visual to the sense of hovering movement implied by Sonic Twist’s® music. In “Hovercraft” the micro and macro worlds exist together, as cars and trucks become platelets, and a traffic circle takes the place of a beating heart!

Video for “Hovercraft,” from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Unity.”

Audio Only Track for “Lacewing” by Sonic Twist®

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Below you will find audio and video from the Sonic Twist® release entitled “Ha” The video for this composition was created by Michal Shapiro.

“Ha” by Sonic Twist®

From the minute it begins, Sonic Twist’s® “HA” takes the listener into a fantasy game of hide and seek, or perhaps a Halloween gremlin hunt! Vocalist Judi Silvano growls and snickers impishly, while Bruce Arnold’s highly processed guitar summons up alternately marching and running footsteps, sometimes on dry land, sometimes through rainy terrain. In attempting to put a visual to such a bizarre landscape, videographer Michal Shapiro took the actual impromptu performance and mimicked the delay singer Judi Silvano was using (and which is reflected in Bruce Arnold’s guitar processing as well) by creating a secondary semi opaque layer a microsecond apart. The musical action runs in starts and finishes with a slower and slower echoing tempo. Has the gremlin been run to ground, or escaped into the mist?

Video for “Ha,” from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Unity.”

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In “Home Free,” Sonic Twist® (the duo of Bruce Arnold , guitar and Judi Silvano, voice) summons up a restful afternoon, surrounded by the simple things that make Home our place of refuge and relaxation. Judi Silvano sings a sweet melodic line as Bruce Arnold intuits just the right chords to take it into reverie territory. In the video, sunlight skims off windchimes, shimmers on the leaves of a house plant, and filters placidly through a kitchen window. The languid music of Sonic Twist® caresses the ear like a lullaby, and Bruce Arnold’s final major chord most emphatically takes us Home Free.

Video for “Home Free,” from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Unity.”

Audio Only Track for “Home Free” by Sonic Twist®

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“Chrysalis” by Sonic Twist®

Sonic Twist’s® instrumental video “Chrysalis” is a weird combination of science fiction and nature documentary imagery. It opens with Bruce Arnold using his guitar processing to chitter and tweet, evoking the instinctive struggles of something small to break out of its egg- or its shell. His guitar then adds mysterious, tremolo chords enforcing the sense of suspense and wonder. Sonic Twist’s ® videographer Michal Shapiro. brought the “Chrysalis” to life through a hand dance with visuals that can be interpreted as insectile, sub-marine or microscopic; case in point, the confounding survivalist nonpareil, the Tardigrade.

Video for “Chrysalis,” from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Unity.”

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“Shamans Plane” by Sonic Twist®

The eerie whooping and vocal gestures of singer Judi Silvano” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Judi Silvano open Sonic Twist’s® video “Shaman’s Plane.” Her voice is doubled and split into different times and timbres, suggesting a shaman’s chant summoning forth spirits of earth and sky. Bruce Arnold artfully controls the powerful loop generated between SuperCollider and his Delay Llama processor on electric guitar. This produces a wide variety of evocative sounds, from a subterranean rumble to raindrops in a meadow. A tableau of brilliantly colored images takes the viewer on a hallucinatory journey, until Videographer Michal Shapiro.” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Michal Shapiro returns us with actual performance footage of Sonic Twist® as they created the music in real time; reminding us that we are still on earth and off the “Shaman’s Plane!”

Video for “Shamans Plane,” from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Unity.”

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Below you will find audio and video from the Sonic Twist® release entitled “Frisky” The video for this composition was created by Michal Shapiro.

“Frisky” by Sonic Twist®

Because Sonic Twist’s® “Unity” is completely comprised of music composed in the moment, the pieces have been named after they were created, not before. The name of each piece is based on the kinds of associations the music conjures up, and agreed on by singer Judi Silvano” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Judi Silvano” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Judi Silvano, guitarist Bruce Arnold , and videographer Michal Shapiro.” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Michal Shapiro , after careful listening. The whimsical energy expressed by “Frisky” gave the track its name. How better than a cat, then, to provide a visual embodiment? Michal Shapiro sent out an open call to friends and cat lovers, and with the footage that was sent, created “Frisky” the video. It’s a tribute to the funnier side of felines; they are not always graceful and mysterious! Here their legendary curiosity and sense of play are on full display. (Their owners get into the show on occasion – but only the random hand or foot.) Judi Silvano keeps her vocals lighthearted and Bruce Arnold plays guitar lines that jump and skitter. Bring on the Frisky fun and fluff –bring on the cats!

Video for “Frisky,” from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Unity.”

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