Sonic Twist® Video “Cloudwalking” CD

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(Below you will find video created by Michal Shapiro for the duo Sonic Twist®. The music for all of these videos is “composing in the moment” except for “My Neighborhood” which is a composition by Judi Silvano “with our collectively improvised arrangement”). Judi Silvano and Bruce Arnold who make up the duo “Sonic Twist®” hope you enjoy the videos on this page. We feel that Michal Shapiro did an excellent job of taking these soundscapes and creating videos that highlight the spirit of our music.

Back Country from “Cloudwalking” CD.

Back Country from “Cloudwalking” CD.

“Back Country” is a video inspired by the soundscapes of Sonic Twist®, the duo of vocalist Judi Silvano and Bruce Arnold. The flurry of snowflakes were a visual match to the crystalline sounds of the guitar, and the vocals also seemed to re-enforce the sense of a remote and windswept place for videographer and editor Michal Shapiro .  The outlines of roots and branches gives the video an almost “Japanese woodblock” feel.  Against this background, the shadowy, translucent figures of the musicians drift in and out, sometimes single, sometimes doubled, echoing their own musical and physical gestures.  Overall this music video gives a sense of calm and a gentle space in time with its soothing images and musical ambience.  The video will transport you to a tranquil, relaxing and uncluttered place, and quiet your mind.   

Cloudwalking from “Cloudwalking” CD.

Cloudwalking from “Cloudwalking” CD.

“Cloudwalking” (so called due to the atmospheric feeling of the track) is a hypnotic journey into the sky that is a pleasure for the eye because of its kaleidoscope effect. The visuals seen in the video created by Michal Shapiro are controlled by the movement of the musicians Judi Silvano and Bruce Arnold of the duo Sonic Twist®.

They are not visible, but their physical movement while creating the music is triggering the fascinating images you see throughout the video.  The music is also kinetic, as if you are passing from one aerial situation to another, with dips in temperature, cloud shapes, wind and color; thus the interlocking, symmetrical motifs, and shifting color palettes. The calm shifting of energies is reminiscent of the music of Terry Riley with a floating energy. “Cloudwalking” takes you on an entrancing  journey of moving fragments of color and shapes that morph and dance before your eyes and into the heavens.  

Have and Hold from “Cloudwalking” CD.

Have and Hold from “Cloudwalking” CD.

“Have and Hold” is a slow pensive “music with dance” video with music by Sonic Twist® the duo of Judi Silvano (Voice) and Bruce Arnold (guitar) and dancer Maria Mitchell, shot and edited by videographer Michal Shapiro. The jazz-inflected music is calm and peaceful, but with a hint of sadness or loneliness. The vocal is wistful and bittersweet with the music ending in a way that seems unresolved. The dancer wanders alone in a world of her own, until something makes her express a yearning and an attempt to connect with someone else who is invisible to us.  She uses the scarf she holds to try to make that connection, but no matter what she does, in the end she starts as she begins, holding the scarf in her hands, alone.

024 Alap from “Cloudwalking” CD.

024 Alap from “Cloudwalking” CD.

Enter a tranquil gallery of light and color with “024 Alap,” a meditative “composing in the moment” solo guitar piece by guitarist Bruce Arnold; one half of the “composing in the moment” duo Sonic Twist®. It is a visit to the unique city of Pondicherry, India, where the people of this seaside town are captured as they rest, play or labor.

The hypnotic music is the perfect backdrop for the calm and beautiful streets with their brilliantly colored houses and lush vegetation.  We see people going about their lives; children horsing around; emanating wonderful charm and mischief, even chickens and goats! Women chat in the doorway of a temple, men hover against the dusky sky on fragile scaffolds. There is also movement in the patterns of bicycle riders, three wheeled taxis and motor scooters. The video comes to a calm close with the lighting of votive candles, and a lingering look at a roadside shrine with the Virgin Mary festooned with Christmas lights, and looking like an Indian goddess.  

“FlutterBy” a Video from a Forthcoming CD by Sonic Twist®.

FlutterBy an advance look from our upcoming release.

The music in this playful video recalls the many circuitous patterns of butterflies in flight —something vocalist Judi Silvano has long appreciated as she gardens—and hence its name, “Flutterby.” The video uses the motifs of these beautiful insects as Judi Silvano and guitarist Bruce Arnold (the duo of Sonic Twist®) “compose in the moment” some whimsical music in front of a green screen. The background videos are all shots of butterflies, some highlighting the beauty of their wings, with the most intriguing and architectural being microscopic magnifications of wings and antennae. Videographer Michal Shapiro had fun playing with the images of the musicians, creating light-hearted, layered effects. The result is a happy, fun loving outing. 

River Crossing from Sonic Twist’s® “Cloudwalking” CD.

“River Crossing” is part of a series of videos where dancer Maria Mitchell reacts to the “composing in the moment” music of Judi Silvano and Bruce Arnold, the duo of Sonic Twist®. Their music and the dancer’s interpretation give a visual and aural sense of the movement of water and a dream-like state created by this interpretive dance. Arnold’s guitar motif runs very much like a current, with recurring waves of sound, re-enforcing the concept of a river, and videographer Michal Shapiro uses watery images and the feeling of a boat pitching on waves.  Silvano’s vocal bursts resonate with textures of daily life and Mitchell’s image embodies the spirit of humanity.  The musicians appear almost as ghosts trying to influence the action throughout the video which creates an overall feeling of mystery. The video is a haunting, echoing reverie.

Listen to This CD by Sonic Twist®

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Sonic Twist’s First CD “Listen to This”

Listen To This

Muse Eek Publishing Inc. Presents: Sonic Twist’s® CD Release “Listen To This.” Adventurous Electronic Excursions by Judi Silvano and Bruce Arnold

Featuring:

Judi Silvano–Voice with Live Processing

Bruce Arnold–Guitar and SuperCollider

“The definitive breakdown of musical categorization was delivered in 1962 by Duke Ellington: “There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind.” File this album in the Good Music section.”

–Steve Holtje, Manager, ESP-Disk

“Brilliant. Love it; almost a Kraftwerk twist to it.”

–Rob Taylor nmblive.com, 2017

Featuring Judi Silvano on vocals & effects and Bruce Arnold on guitar & devices. There last time I reviewed a disc by Judi Silvano, was when she did a superb duo CD with the late Mal Waldron, somewhere around 2002, a long time ago. I’ve kept my eye and ear on guitarist Bruce Arnold since he collaborates with an odd selection of characters: Omar Tamez, Thomas Buckner, Roberta Piket and Ursel Schlict. So, I didn’t know what to expect when this disc appeared in our mail. It turns out this these two have created their own world, altered guitar and vocal/ sounds. I really like the opening song, a otherworldly blues with Judi’s hip-notic vocals harmonized with subtle alien effects. A sort of fairy-tale like vibe, rather like a distant relative to J.A.’s “White Rabbit’. Ms. Silvano sounds a bit like Iva Bittova on the aptly titled “Space Lullaby”, charming and child-like at times. Mr. Arnold seems to be using some spacey devices which sound more like electric bowed strings or even birdcalls. Ms. Silvano sounds like a sorceress on “My Neighborhood”, making quietly disturbing observations about her neighborhood. Silvano’s voice/singing are coming more from the Joan LaBarbara/Cathy Berberian school of experimental vocals. Effects and devices are used selectively here, never too weird or alien. Mr. Arnold does a great job of providing sumptuous sonic soundscapes without playing any predictable single note jazz solos. Mr. Arnold’s guitar sounds like an army of chanting monks as he plays those dark floating chords in the background. There definitely some strange moments where the odd alien vocals and spaced out guitar sounds seem to come from somewhere else far away. Whatever you do, you got to check out this one, “Great Plains”, there is something special going on here, completely enchanting with that great sly groove. This is followed by “Journey to Be Free”, another stunner, with a rocking’ groove but no rhythm team, just the guitar and voice. I certainly didn’t expect this disc to be the most surprising, odd gem of the month but that is what it is. Check out this duo at DMG next month.

– Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG

Sonic Twist’s® Debut Recording “Listen To This”

The intuitive understanding between musicians is called “chemistry” and Listen To This, with Judi Silvano and Bruce Arnold has chemistry in abundance. The duets on this recording, some “composing in the moment,” some composed, show a duo who are intensely tuned into every nuance as they follow the sonic twists and turns of these 12 striking songs. This is some deep listening.

Sonic Twist’s Bruce Arnold Star Guitar

When the two artists decided to see where a duet situation would lead them, both were surprised at the ease with which they created engrossing, evocative music. “I couldn’t believe how comfortable Judi was with pedals and effects she had never used before.” says Arnold. “And what she did with them was so cool, it was great to “compose in the moment” with; it felt very free to create along with her.” As for Silvano, she says “Bruce has exactly what I look for in a musician- he is literate, sensitive, and incredibly open in his approach.”

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The Tracks

Remembrances

Listen To This opens with “Remembrances” a bluesy rumination that is made sinister by the use of a half step combined with a major 3rd. A “composing in the moment” piece that become a story of life’s complexity.

Space Lullaby

Space Lullaby from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Listen to This
  • Space Lullaby: The welcoming release of majestic arpeggiated guitar chords ring out like church bells to Judi’s soaring melodies.

My Neighborhood

My Neighborhood from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Listen to This
  • My Neighborhood: Judi wrote this song as an homage to life’s beauties, but it acquired some ironically dark overtones with the addition of processing. Judi and Bruce do some impressive back and forth in the “break.”

Cats Are Watching

Cats Are Watching from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Listen to This
  • Cats Are Watching: This track provides some whimsy —ever wondered what the brain patterns of a cat might sound like?

Complete Embrace

Complete Embrace from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Listen to This
  • Complete Embrace: A hallucinatory art song incorporating poetic fragments into one of Judi’s compositions. There’s no vocal processing, allowing Judi’s rich voice to ring clear.

Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Listen to This
  • Sioux Falls: Bruce’s ode to the running waters of the Sioux Falls.

Travel Chant:

Travel Chant from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Listen to This
  • Travel Chant: Judi sings a brief melody as she walks through a crystalline landscape.

In The Deep

In the Deep from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Listen to This
  • In The Deep: an extremely ambient interlude with denizens of the watery abyss —complete with sonar.

Listen To This

Listen To This from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Listen to This
  • Listen To This: the most abstract of the composed tracks, with various repeating motifs.

Great Plains

Great Plains from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Listen to This
  • Great Plains: recalls the huge vistas of the west, and Judi waxes both lyrical and stratospheric.

Journey to be Free

Journey to be Free from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Listen to This
  • Journey to be Free: From obscurity to clarity, literally.

Listen Again

Listen Again from Sonic Twist’s® CD “Listen to This
  • Listen Again: A “composing in the moment” interpretation of Judi’s composition “Listen To This” with an abundance of live sound processing.

Sonic Twists® Video also has videos of many of the compositions.

“Cloudwalking” CD by Sonic Twist®

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Muse Eek Publishing Inc. presents Sonic Twist’s® New CD Release “Cloudwalking.” A Gentle Ambient Electronic Excursions by Judi Silvano and Bruce Arnold

Cloudwalking CD by Sonic Twist which is Judi Silvano and Bruce Arnold
Sonic Twist’s Cloudwalking CD: Street Date 4/01/2019

Featuring:

Judi Silvano–Voice with Live Processing

Bruce Arnold–Guitar and SuperCollider

“This is some Beautiful Cosmic Music created by two of the most inventive musicians on the scene today.”

–Joe Lovano, 2016

“Brilliant. Love it; almost a Kraftwerk twist to it.”

–Rob Taylor nmblive.com, 2017

JUDI SILVANO and BRUCE ARNOLD – Cloudwalking (Muse Eek 304; USA) Featuring Judi Silvano on vocals & effects and Bruce Arnold on guitars & effects. This is the second disc from Judi Silvano and Bruce Arnold. To call Ms. Silvano just a jazz singer would be misleading since, as this disc shows, there is quite a bit more going on here than one might imagine. We can still hear her jazz background but she is still stepping into another world, rather mysterious sounding. Her voice on “Ingenue” is lovely, warm, dreamy sounds without words. Mr. Arnold also plays solemn, spacy echoplex guitar chords underneath. Ms. Silvano selectively uses an ample amount of echo effects to expand the sound of her voice. The effects that both musicians use are similar in the way they pulsate and work well together. The effects that Mr. Arnold uses add a hypnotic groove at times upon which Mr. Silvano lets her voice glide, rhythmically, tastefully. There is some magic spice going on here, a rather soothing, dream-like vibe that feels better that some of the more aggravating nonsense we all have to deal with at times. Is this music for a fairy tale or a quaint movie for our minds when we are mellowing out? I like when the voices lays out for a bit while Mr. Arnold creates enchanting scenes from different short stories or chapters in a novel. This gives Ms. Silvano a chance to add her own part of the story, her creating different characters. Since there are no lyrics to think about, it is only the sound of her voice to evoke different feelings. Overall, I find this disc to be rather charming and not too far out, but enough to take us all on a magic carpet ride upwards and onwards. This duo will be playing here at DMG early next year, so keep you eyes & ears peeled.

–Bruce Lee Gallanter, 2019

“Cloudwalking”

After the warm reception of their maiden voyage, Listen To This, (“This disc is the gem of the month!”…Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, NYC) the duo of Judi Silvano and Bruce Arnold present their second release of “composing in the moment” electronic music, “Cloudwalking”. While their first effort showed them exploring their musical connections, and reflected an all encompassing approach, “Cloudwalking” is a much more intentionally lyrical outing. It contains evocative electronic soundscapes and haunting melodies. It is atmospheric without being ambient.

All the tracks are completely “composing in the moment,” yet they all sound composed, with thematic arcs, repeating motifs and intuitive endings. This stems from both of the musicians having a long history of composition, and an affinity for the same music. There is an equal give and take throughout these tracks, with neither Judi nor Bruce dominating the direction. Videographer Michal Shapiro, who shot the sessions, remarks, “Bruce may start off with a chord, or a sound or even a melodic figure, and Judi listens, interacts, and then before you know it, they are creating a beautiful song. Or sometimes Judi just starts singing and Bruce jumps right on it. But it amazes me that they come out the other end with these deep, cohesive musical pieces.”

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Sonic Twist® is Judi Silvano and Bruce Arnold

The two musicians only met a relatively short while ago. Both traveled in the same circles, and made music with the same musicians, but had never met. A chance recommendation from bass player Ratzo B. Harris connected them on a gig, and the rest followed naturally.

Judi may be best known for her extensive jazz catalogue (too extensive to list here) but in reality, she is a multi-faceted artist, having grown up with classical, pop and jazz music, and been trained as a classical singer. Her affinities for modern classical music are apparent throughout this album, most notably on the opening track “Ingenue” with its sweet, almost bel canto tones.

Bruce Arnold has been following two different paths for the past ten years: Exploring the potentials of 12-tone music and pitch class sets, and mastering the computer program SuperCollider, to create new and original electric sounds on guitar. On their first session, Bruce notes “I set up an array of pedals, each one programmed to process Judi’s voice in a different way. She assessed the possibilities and immediately started to savor each sound and use the effects creatively.”

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

For the Cloudwalking CD Sonic Twist® picked “composing in the moment” pieces from the vast repertoire that were more ambient and optimistic in nature.

Ingenue

Ingenue from the “Cloudwalking” CD by Sonic Twist®.
  • Ingenue -2:53 – The most lyrical of the tracks, with both guitar and voice unprocessed.

River Crossing

River Crossing from the “Cloudwalking” CD by Sonic Twist®.
  • River Crossing – 4:15 – The pulse of a river runs through this.

Golden Savanna

Golden Savanna from the “Cloudwalking” CD by Sonic Twist®.

Golden Savanna 3:41 – Sun-drenched plains, windless.

Skimming

Skimming from the “Cloudwalking” CD by Sonic Twist®.
  • Skimming – 2:41 – A subdued interlude, for sitting quietly, watching dust motes.

Cloudwalking

Cloudwalking from the “Cloudwalking” CD by Sonic Twist®.
  • Cloudwalking – 2:47 – Airy, atmospheric textures. Judi is mercurial.

Shavings

Shavings from the “Cloudwalking” CD by Sonic Twist®.
  • Shavings – 2:04- Solo guitar sounds of a subterranean gamelon

Meanderful

Meanderful from the “Cloudwalking” CD by Sonic Twist®.
  • Meanderful – 2:29 – Wandering in curving paths

Have and Hold

Have and Hold from the “Cloudwalking” CD by Sonic Twist®.
  • Have and Hold – 3:49- A languid rumination wherein Judi shows a bit more of her jazz chops.

Sparky

Sparky from the “Cloudwalking” CD by Sonic Twist®.
  • Sparky – 1:44 – Solo Guitar – Bruce calls this “the stars at night.”

Journey Past

Journey Past from the “Cloudwalking” CD by Sonic Twist®.
  • Journey Past – 5:57 – Looking back and the paths taken.

024 Alap

024 Alap from the “Cloudwalking” CD by Sonic Twist®.
  • 024 Alap 3:42– Solo guitar – Bruce’s guitar is sitar-like and reminiscent of the first section of a raga.

Back Country

Back Country Alap from the “Cloudwalking” CD by Sonic Twist®.

Back Country – 3:52- The sound of snow.

Sonic Twist® also has videos inspired by many of their “composing in the moment” pieces