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NVVOE (NUX VOMICA & VOICE OF EYE) - Fire of the Unitive Path :: Three Rivers

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Auricular Records / Conundum Unlimited auric41 / cu4
Release Year: 2010
Note: beautiful NEW real-time collaboration (recorded Sept. 2009) between VOICE OF EYE and the long time active project from San Francisco, NUX VOMICA
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" 'The three rivers which flow through the body are the Spirit, the Breath and the Generative force - or force of Immortality. These are regulated, guided and united through meditative practices. From their union arises the Immortal Man.' - from the teachings of Lu Tung-pin.
Once, long ago, Nux Vomica and Voice of Eye gathered together creating a legendary live radio performance on KFJC, Los Gatos, California. Now, 15 years later, they have reunited as NVVOE and are producing a CD series documenting early and current collaborative works. Fire of the Unitive Path :: the three rivers is part one of a continuous improvisation recorded on Sept 17, 2009, exploring alchemy through the depths of sound in beauty and noise. Co-released on Auricular Records and Conundrum Unlimited. Beautiful full-color cover and disc artwork by Alan Herrick." [label info]

"We have been involved in countless collaborative improvisations over the years and this is the first one that can be released in its full, unedited form, making it something remarkable."

"The rebirth of Voice Of Eye expands slowly: here they have a collaborative disc with Nux Vomica. That's one of those names I recognize, but hardly have a clue what they sound like. Like Voice Of Eye they are duo. These two bands played together fifteen years ago, and now, in 2009 that is, they did it again. There is no mention of any instruments, expect that 'this music is part one of a continuous improvisation recorded on September 17, 2009'. This is not the kind of ambient music that we know Voice Of Eye for, but then perhaps its not that ambient anyway. It must be down, I assume, to the influence Nux Vomica had on these recordings. It starts out with a rhythm machine, ticking away nicely time, and on top there is an interesting pattern of sound created with the use of voices (Bonnie McNairm I assume of Voice Of Eye), synthesizers and layered guitars. This is the guideline for the six tracks on this CD: a moving, waving and floating sound, in which all four players add their share.
Sometimes, like in the opening and closing piece, this is certainly ambient like, but in between there are also moments with a louder, perhaps noisy type of sound. Its due to the fact that this was recorded through improvisation, it maintains a certain roughness that is not usual in this scene, but even when its not entirely flawless (some rough edits it seems) it has a great vibrancy over it. It makes it overall a lot more adventurous than what is common and that's a great thing. An excellent disc!" [FdW/Vital Weekly]