Multi-instrumentalist/producer/songwriter Lynda Arnold has been
performing and producing as Divasonic since 2000.
She bounces back and forth between programming, flute, piano, singing
and engineering her sounds and arrangements to mold music that is truly her own.
The sound of Divasonic touches many different genres of music and is not easily categorized. Twisted loops mash with straight grooves and synths combine with classically infused flute and keyboard improvisations. Original lyrics derived from her poetry often touch on spiritual themes and her love drama of the moment. Her voice teaches and teases you, winding around the layered textures and with an attractive rawness. Experimentation is key to the development of the Divasonic sound as well as collaboration and performance with other talented musicians in an attempt to redefine the concept of song.
Her new album, Changing Wind, is an outlet for contemplations about relationships, including the ups and downs of “elations, surprises, sensuality, reality, growth, partnership, nurturing, falling in love, and enduring love through its changes.” It also stretches a bit further musically, showing off a stronger jazz influence mixed with stronger soul and pop vibes, all wrapped around the elements Lynda has come to be known for, including drum-and-bass rhythms, experimental percussive sounds, and flute and vocal melodies derived from her own poetry.
Lynda describes the resulting mix as “atmospheric, electronic grooves,” which is hard to deny. It’s not the type of scattered and disjointed effort you might expect from someone with so many different talents and a palette that includes everything from Depeche Mode to Bjork to Tori Amos, and who is joined by a variety of friends and collaborators. Changing Wind displays a cohesive and irresistible feel, whether you want to get up and dance or just sit back and listen. From the infectious rhythms to the haunting melodies, every track stands out as fresh and invigorating.
Changing Wind includes collaborations with such artists as producer and multi-instrumentalist John Payne (who has worked with George Clinton and Merl Saunders), Thomas Perry (who contributes Cajon and guitar), and vocalist Atiim Chenzira (who co-wrote three songs). Other guest musicians include saxophonist Zack Taylor, guitarist Kenji Matsui, bassist Oscar Urcuyo, Violinist Christine Banks and Lynda’s sister Christina Arnold, who co-wrote the album opener, “I Feel High.”
Lynda Arnold - Vocals, Flute, Keyboards, Programming, Mixing, Production
Live Musician Guests:
Jetman - Drums
THallenbeck - Cello and Dulcimer
Dave Grossman - Bass
Thomas Perry - Guitar and Percussion
Peggy Johnston - Flute/Saxophone
Vocals - Bekka Fink, Atiim Chenzira
Girationz, Luv & High - The Remixes (Digital Bliss) 2008
Changing Wind (Digital Bliss Productions) 2007
Filled with Love EP (Cyberset) 2006
The Final Chapter EP:Edited - Pierre Ravan and Safar feat. Divasonic (Conya/Clubstar) 2006
Birth Album (Cyberset) 2005
Spiritual Brothers (EMI Germany/Middle East 2003)
---Moondance Feat. Divasonic
Grace Notes (Cyberset) - Solo Piano Album - 2002
'Changing Wind Album Review'
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Fiction is far from the minds of artists like Lynda Arnold who wear their heart on their sleeves, ex...Fiction is far from the minds of artists like Lynda Arnold who wear their heart on their sleeves, exposing emotion in melody. In Divasonic, Lynda Arnold finds an outlet for her personal expression and bolsters it with true musical experimentation. Divasonic's eclectic sound is built on a foundation of Arnolds's flutes and piano and is expanded with the digital work of beats and synths. But, it's Arnolds's vocals that are not unlike Fiona or Tori that maintain the rawness in her work. She sets her poetry in motion with her own personal accounts.
On Changing Wind, Divasonic delivers her latest effort and it reveals that no matter how hard you try to point to a category for her style of music, you just won't be able to put your finger on it. Each track remains grounded in the world of electronica but it's her fusion of styles that make the overall genre feel unpredictable.
The remake of Gershwin's "Summertime" and the sax-y "Tick Tick Boom" are a dead give away that jazz has its influence on this album. But, others like "Seed" and "Calm Freeze" pay homage to an urban breed. "Anticipating Haze" is brilliantly meditative with the use of piano looping and well accompanied ambient noise work while the mix of "Glass Pebbles" treats us to a nice glitch dessert.
You can be sure that Divasonic brings together a selection of moods on Changing Wind. Her methods may not be mainstream but that's what helps lead to an end result with a product of distinction and diversity. Changing Wind harnesses Arnold's discussion with the world and there are many reasons for your attention here.
Sept. 2007 - Top 5 - Grand Prize Winner
Top 5 Grand Prize Winner in the Electronic Music Catagory - Dance for 'Filled With Love'
June 2007 'Pick of the Month' - Jazz and Avantgarde
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p. 54 Lynda Arnold aka Divasonic is my personal music trip right now. This multitalented woman i...p. 54
Lynda Arnold aka Divasonic is my personal music trip right now. This multitalented woman is a singer, composer, pianist, flutist, poet and dancer - masking clever, experimental pieces with a rain of pop dust. Her interesting voice travels through uneven territories where a gorgeous range of electronic and acoustic sounds, from drum-n-bass and trip-hop to flute and piano skylines, becomes a new, original glance at some sort of prog dance flavor.
Featured Artist - April 2007
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Divasonic and her song 'I Feel High' is featured on LiveAudioMag.com for the month of April 2007. "...Divasonic and her song 'I Feel High' is featured on LiveAudioMag.com for the month of April 2007.
"Divasonic produces. She's a singer, a player, and an engineer. This talented artist has refined skills, exposure to different languages and a smooth sense of style. "
Filled With Love EP Review
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Divasonic are smooth disco operators who have come up with yet another trip-hop adventure in the for...Divasonic are smooth disco operators who have come up with yet another trip-hop adventure in the form of the single, “Filled With Love”, a CD with three different mixes of this song. It has an aura of ether and high energy dance fuel. I can close my eyes and imagine myself getting down at “Studio” in some weird past-meets-future time warp dichotomy. Listen for it the next time you’re out dancing at the hippest clubs on a late-night pleasure dome hunt.
I can’t guarantee that you will reach instant satori, but I can tell you this: you will have a hard time sitting still, you will be swaying and grooving at the very least, but most likely you’ll be spun into a feverish trance that will become addictive the more you experience it.
Divasonic are basically an underground, indie phenomenon, at the moment, at least. But listening to the crackerjack production techniques and the high-quality output that resulted from it, one is amazed that it was put out by themselves, with no label support, nothing. But that can be a good thing, especially when the money starts to roll in and it’s all yours and you don’t owe those goons a dime.
...'heavenly trip through innerspace...'
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Divasonic: BIRTH (Divasonic Music) A fresh breath of ether; a swooning, heavenly trip through inner...Divasonic: BIRTH (Divasonic Music)
A fresh breath of ether; a swooning, heavenly trip through innerspace; a soundtrack to an intrauterine life, suspended in a swirling wave of psychedelic dance pop, that is Divasonic in a nutshell, from which an LSD-laced nut was eaten. BIRTH is a mellow, dreamy work of cool and detached nuances. Lynda Arnold and Safar Bake are the two principals in Divasonic (on this debut album); they have produced this lovely work, with Miss Lynda and her beautiful voice that is lighter than air and hovers about, lingering far after the music has died away. Both Lynda and Safar play most of the instruments and do all the programming so the computer can play the rest; there are a couple of friends that show up here and there, but basically it’s their record. Mixed in with the cold, icy electronica are different types of flutes, guitar and piano. It is a well-crafted hybridization of oh-so-lush soundscapes
...the talented Lynda Arnold...'
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Divasonic …… is mainly focused on the talented Lynda Arnold. This artist is singing and playing diff...Divasonic …… is mainly focused on the talented Lynda Arnold. This artist is singing and playing different instruments like pan flute, keyboards, drum etc...she more than ever reminds me of Bjork. The style of the music and even her dramatic way of singing is close to the Icelandic Queen. Divasonic covers a wide spectrum of influences, which can be simply defined as the merge of trip-pop and experimental. This is more than simply promising; this is already a remarkable production!
'...unique balance of spiritual and ethereal trip-hop...'
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Top 10 Pick - Jan. 22 - Feb. 5 2005 Lynda Arnold is Divasonic, an independent artist who writes, pl...Top 10 Pick - Jan. 22 - Feb. 5 2005
Lynda Arnold is Divasonic, an independent artist who writes, plays, sings, programs and co-produces her own music, which is best described as a unique balance of spiritual and ethereal trip-hop. At times her style is reminiscent of groups like Lamb ('Candy Store') or Poe ('Calm Of The One'), but Arnold's frequent flute injections and subtle drum-n-bass loops keep her in a league of her own. Highlights include the frantically paced 'The Other Side' and masterful instrumental 'Escape', while 'Calling The Fairy' proves to be a schizophrenic drill-n-bass workout. Consider yourself a 'Lucky Star' if you stick around for Birth’s unlisted bonus track, Divasonic's Tori Amos-like cover of the Material Girl’s classic pop hit.
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San Francisco Bay Area diva--or shall we say 'Divasonic'--adds a touch of swing to the electronic mi...San Francisco Bay Area diva--or shall we say 'Divasonic'--adds a touch of swing to the electronic minimalism that flows beautifully from the emotive 4/4 framework of her music. Sophisticated in their dreamy piano chords, drum 'n' bass elements, and mesmerizing vocals, Divasonic's electronic excursions cast a powerful and unforgettable face.
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"... Divasonic, WOW, whether it's a creative, new re-record of a familiar song (We've had her cover ..."... Divasonic, WOW, whether it's a creative, new re-record of a familiar song (We've had her cover the classic "Obsession" for advertising and film placement), or her own material, she's a cutting edge singer, flutist, pianist, synthesist, engineer/producer who is right on time. Her aesthetic falls between the likes of Tori Amos, Bjork, Sade and San/Fran Electronica.... her down-tempo, sensuous sound is so fresh.... She's a gifted artist..."
Divasonic Live Sets can range from 30 minutes - 1 Hour. They can be solo laptop/singer-songwriter sets with just Lynda Arnold or with a live band of percussion, bass, cello, guitar, and saxophone.
Original Songs and Instrumentals:
Filled With Love
We Will Not Haste
I Feel High
Cover Songs with Original Arrangements:
Lucky Star (Madonna)
Army of Me (Bjork)
There are no upcoming dates at this time.