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VOICE OF EYE

Progressive Electronic • United States


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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
CD Baby 2009
Audio CD$10.97
$15.93 (used)
VespersVespers
Cyclotron Industries
Audio CD$22.95
$8.00 (used)
Emergence & ImmersionEmergence & Immersion
Remastered · Import
Old Europa Cafe
Audio CD$43.98
LiveLive
Limited Edition
Anomalous
Vinyl$8.00 (used)
TransmigrationTransmigration
Cyclotron Industries
Audio CD$59.99 (used)
Anthology Two: 1992-19Anthology Two: 1992-19
Import
Imports 2011
Audio CD$21.27
$54.15 (used)
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Mariner Sonique
1992
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Vespers
1994
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Transmigration
1995
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Live
1998
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Seven Directions Divergent
2009

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

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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

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Transmigration
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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