About Voice of Eye
The motivation behind forming Voice of Eye was to connect to a deeper truth which we first sensed within our music. This unformed presence first revealed itself to us through music, and has continued to manifest taking shape throughout our life’s journey leading to profound mystery.
Voice of Eye’s first release, Mariner Sonique (1992) expressed innocence and playfulness through its spontaneous improvisation. Our following release, Vespers (1994) offered crafted compositions exploring the nature of freedom. The final work in the trilogy, Transmigration (1995) confronted transformational issues of death and beyond. Each CD further expanded the gateway to deepen into the process of expression and open to the mystery. Emergence and Immersion (2007) return to the authenticity of improvisation to capture the immediacy and vitality of each moment. This exploration creates a dialogue of shifting states that are a challenging migration between exquisite peace and dark mysterious depths.
We build many of the instruments used on our recordings. Often a particular sound is required and so an instrument is built from hearing the need. Jim built his first instrument, the Fucking Thing, in 1982 that has graced many recordings over the years. The process has continued with special instruments built for our 2007 European tour made to fit in a suitcase.
Voice of Eye’s modus operandi is to take sound sources that are acoustic in origin, then process them through little black boxes to warp time and widen sonic perception. Voice of Eye’s sound shifts from gentle soundscapes to primal wrenching malevolence with such ease that the listener is unaware of the transition until it is too late and they are fully immersed in the voyage.
“I’ve always felt that Voice of Eye’s sound was based on the first Zoviet France record and early L. Shankar. We basically recorded music to drive across country to.” -- Jim
“When I first heard Cruor it was the most beautiful music I had ever heard, and I recognized it as the music I had always wanted to hear and play. Soaring, beautiful and endless.” -- Bonnie
Voice of Eye formed in 1991 out of the ashes of experimental bands Esoterica Landscapes 7 and Cruor. Through Voice of Eye, members Bonnie McNairn and Jim Wilson explored profound aspects of consciousness. The music is shared as a tool for entering different states of consciousness. In the beginning music was the only modality this expression assumed.
This process transformed in 1997 from the medium of music into building an off-the-grid sustainable home and studio in the high desert of New Mexico. The process would take the next ten years. The result is a complete sculptural free flowing work of art built entirely by the hands of Jim and Bonnie. It is the largest work of art either have achieved. Living in the open and empty spaces of the desert had the additional effect of deeply connecting them to the truth of their being begun through music. The desert is the fire that burns away everything. Both members are now focused on the healing arts.
Presently, Jim and Bonnie have returned to recording and performing music with a fresh perspective. Their journey has transformed what was begun through music into a way of life.