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Voice of Eye performs and records shamanic, deep ambient, sonically organic, love drone, galactic ritual, evolving experimental, and heirloom quality antique industrial music. Voice of Eye processes real-time acoustic events through electronic effects to achieve their signature sonic atmosphere. Always on the lookout for new sonic revelations, they invent many of their own instruments. Members Jim Wilson and Bonnie McNairn formed Voice of Eye in 1989 in Houston, Texas. Voice of Eye self-released 3 CD's on Cyclotron Industries in the early 90's titled Mariner Sonique, Vespers, and Transmigration, in addition to many other releases. Jim and Bonnie took a break from music to build an off-the-grid earthship in Taos, New Mexico. Returning to music in 2007 they toured Europe and released Emergence and Immersion on Conundrum Unlimited, their new in-house record label. These two improvisational CD's were re-released in 2009 on Old Europa Cafe (Italy). 2008 saw two rare U.S. performances in California, and 2009 Voice of Eye toured August-September in Oregon, California and Arizona, including festivals Stella Natura and Sacramento Audio Waffle. Also in 2009 Drone Records released a 10 vinyl record Substantia Innominata and a new full-length CD Seven Directions Divergent on Conundrum Unlimited. 2010 Primaera mini CDR came out on Taalem of France, and NVVOE: Nux Vomica and Voice of Eye produced a collaborative CD: Fire of the Unitive Path :: the three rivers. The duo is currently working on a collaboration with Thomas Dimuzio as well as two new VOE CDs.


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Seven Directions DivergentSeven Directions Divergent
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Anthology Two: 1992-19Anthology Two: 1992-19
Imports 2011
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Emergence & ImmersionEmergence & Immersion
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 Seven Directions Divergent  by VOICE OF EYE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.00 | 1 ratings

Seven Directions Divergent
Voice of Eye Progressive Electronic

Review by Dobermensch

— First review of this album —
3 stars A surprisingly accessible Voice of Eye album which kicks off with a very 'Gong 1975 ' sound. This is easily the most listener friendly album they've released to date. However that doesn't mean it's their best. Not by a long shot...

The opener has the pretentious title 'Gates Of Mysterious Fire'. Thankfully it's a lot more tasteful than it sounds. A bass guitar playing a tune in a 'Voice of Eye' track is startling enough, but guitars too? This wasn't at all what I was expecting. There's many soft feedback effects in the background which adds a nice all enveloping ambience. After 20 odd years we finally get to hear Bonnie McNairn sing properly, and doesn't she have a nice set of vocal chords guys? I mean, crikey, she's actually singing tunes, would you believe it?

'Where Are You?' has a very 'This Mortal Coil' vibe going on and to my ears quite a bit of 'Biota' in the extreme effects used on instruments and vocals.

Another 'Gong' like tune follows with a funky bass and spacey guitar thing going on in that 'Cosmic' mid 70's style before we get to the meat of the album 'Om Shanti' where hugely stretched out violins and vocals are mixed with sparse tribal drums, This is much more middle Eastern orientated than I've heard from them before.

A lot of their all consuming darkness and impending doom has evaporated leaving tunnels of light that remain tantalisingly beyond reach. On 'Remember' main guy Jim Wilson decides to sing a tune too. Joy of joys! I'm still rubbing my ears in disbelief. Not only that - but he can hold his notes just fine! Bonnie McNairn has ethereal twitterings going on in the background amongst heavily treated high pitched guitars. All the while I'm reminded of 90's band 'Air'.

'Transformation Birth' is classic Voice of Eye material. At 18 mins it's the central track. Murky, swirling electronics played gently, slowly transmogrifying into something unworldly and totally alien. Without one single percussive beat it holds my attention far more than anything that's gone before. Something nasty sounds as though its working its way up from the bottom of a swamp. Slowly but surely, looking for a human face to grab hold of.

Thankfully the remainder plays out in this fashion. A real creepfest which would be enough to give your kids nightmares if you played it through the crack in their bedroom door in the middle of the night. A borderline 4 stars reduced to 3 simply because the first half ain't scary enough. The second half though... It'll scare the bejeesus out of you.


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 Mariner Sonique  by VOICE OF EYE album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.00 | 1 ratings

Mariner Sonique
Voice of Eye Progressive Electronic

Review by Dobermensch

— First review of this album —
4 stars A melting pot of bubbling lava in the form of percussion and drums in which you would be forgiven for thinking that you're listening to 'Muslimgauze'. If you can get past the amateurish front cover which looks like an entry in a seven year olds school art contest, and enjoy dark, creepy, atmospheric music, you'll be in for a treat here.

'Voice of Eye' are one of those difficult bands to describe. They create an atmosphere of impending doom right from the outset and continue throughout with their unusual blend of voodoo percussion and unearthly 'anti-christ' vocals.

They don't use synths and everything sounds organic but filtered through effects units until they are completely unidentifiable. Swirling and throbbing sound generators spin and twirl threateningly amongst effected vocals which are highly distorted and are mixed in with a lot of acoustic percussion. The good news is that there's some semblance of tune on each track, whereas, with a lot of this genre (Dark Industrial, Drone) there's nothing but a lot of forced emotional intentions which usually end up sounding uninspired in the extreme.

Unbelievably for a sound like theirs, they're from Texas and live in one of those non energy greenhouse igloo things where no electricity is delivered. Pah! This doesn't take away from the difficulty of writing a review for 'Mariner Sonique'. I can't recommend this to prog fans at all. Invariably they will be disappointed - for a start there ain't a guitar in sight.

Twanging electric machines and wobbly acoustics utilising sexy whispering female vocals followed by dismally downbeat male inhuman gargoyle groanings are rife throughout. Every other 'Voice of Eye' album that follows is far less heavy on the percussion front and are more vocal in approach. This is the odd one out, but is no worse off for it.


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 Transmigration  by VOICE OF EYE album cover Studio Album, 1995
5.00 | 1 ratings

Voice of Eye Progressive Electronic

Review by Dobermensch

— First review of this album —
5 stars Like all 'Voice of Eye' recordings, this sounds like an alternative, far scarier soundtrack to films such as 'Eraserhead' and 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre'. Real dark ambience with a skill that very few can match - leaving the likes of 'Lustmord' standing scratching his head, wondering why he ever bothered in the first place.

'Transmigration' is a very moody and brooding recording where at times sounds like the creepier parts of '2001 Space Odyssey''.

No synthesisers, samplers or sequencers are used throughout 'Transmigration' which is hard to believe when you hear what's going on. The sounds are almost impossible to describe- there's no bass or guitar used. It's ominous, dark and oppressive, this is the type of album you really should listen to late at night, particularly on Halloween if you want to get annoying kids away from your door.

I bought this in '95 when it was first released and still play it every 4 months or so due to it's realistic dirty, darkness. There's a whole lot going on during it's lengthy duration - where undescribable instruments are stretched and pulled to such an extent that they're no longer recognised. They morph into a malevolent maelstrom of evil sounding chords - only to get washed away occasionally into fragmented female vocals which are so effected you couldn't even tell they were human.

A very unusual and highly original album from a practically unknown band. It should appeal to fans of the dark side of Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze. I have no reservation in giving a 5 star reward.


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