ARTIST: Voice of Eye
CD TITLE: Seven Directions Divergent
LABEL: Conundrum Unlimited
Seven Directions Divergent (2009) is the latest release by Taos, New Mexico-based artists Voice of Eye. Taking over a year to produce, Seven Directions Divergent is the third CD to be released on the Conundrum Unlimited label, and the twelfth full-length Voice of Eye release.
As artists experimenting with sound, Jim Wilson and Bonnie McNairn have been inspired by numerous different styles of music and noise. Seven Directions Divergent pays homage to some of the diverse musical sources that have influenced these sound artists over the course of many years, from traditional Sanskrit chants to Steve Hillage; from cute Euro-pop to shamanic transcendence. Seven Directions Divergent is an ambitious project, melding various sources together with the ethereal beauty and yearning magnificence that listeners have come to expect from Voice of Eye. This CD transports the listener along a narrative history of the artists’ personal journeys of change and transformation as told through the medium of sound. Seven Directions Divergent was mastered by award-winning engineer Jon Gold, resulting in the best sounding Voice of Eye release to date. It comes in a digipack with otherworldly, full-color artwork by Jim Wilson.
Voice of Eye formed in 1991 out of the ashes of experimental bands Esoterica Landscapes 7 and Cruor. Through Voice of Eye, members McNairn and Wilson explore profound aspects of consciousness as the music is shared as a tool for entering different states of being. “The motivation behind forming Voice of Eye was for us to connect to a deeper truth we first sensed within our music,” explains Wilson. “This unformed presence first revealed itself to us through music and has continued to manifest, taking shape throughout our life’s journeys and leading to profound mystery.”
Voice of Eye’s modus operandi is to take sound sources that are acoustic in origin and 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.
Voice of Eye took a hiatus from music in 1997 to build an off-the-grid sustainable home and studio in Taos, New Mexico. The endeavor took 10 years, resulting in an enveloping sculptural, free-flowing work of art built entirely by the hands of Wilson and McNairn. Living in the open and empty spaces of the desert had the additional effect of deeply connecting the artists to the truth of their being as begun through music. Both members are now focused on the healing arts. Their journey has transformed what was begun through music into a way of life.
Please see www.voiceofeye.com and www.myspace.com/voiceofeyemusic for discography, photographs and more information.