A B O U T
voice_of_vision was an avant-garde electro-industrial band (active from 2004-2007), established to accompany various artistic endeavors led by multimedia artist
T.E. Oliver (music production & interactive art), along with guest appearances from musician Dr. R. Vaughan (guitars).
The project initially appeared in 2004, releasing a handful of demos, underground limited preview CD's, and digital interactive art - designed to stimulate deep intellectual thought, often expressed through shock value & transgressive messages that speak out against cyclic social injustice.
Music production was conducted by T.E. Oliver at Cyber-Thriller Studios from 2004-2007. Areas of contribuition included: vocal / lyrical production, synthesis, sampling, sequencing, arranging, effects processing, visual design, motion art, concept development, and creative direction. Sound design & guitar performances were executed by Dr. R. Vaughan in 2004 & 2005 – producing harsh industrial audio-clips that were sampled & integrated into various experimental VOV compositions. Collaboration with artist/ musician M. Kern (guitars & keyboards) during the summer of 2005 & 2006 led to the creation of unfinished material entitled 'Digital Martyr'. This collection of music was never released due to irreconcilable differences.
Various experimental tracks were created during the spring of 2006 as 'process papers' for Surrealism & Rebellion (a course taught by Professor M. Deragon). Lyrical content was derived through the use of surrealist methodologies - resulting in a deciphered codex that lashes out against unethical practices related to capitalistic greed, consumerism, and the use of immoral psychological techniques that ultimately enslave the consumer. This concept of veiled coercion through the use of subliminal messaging, false pretense, product addiction - among other abhorrent acts of mechanized-menticide - is referred to as the 'drone machine', furthermore expressed as a 'process of dehumanization'.
A number of these experimental tracks went on to become the musical score for the underground surrealist-inspired film "Quench of the Cleanser & the Transparent Passenger" (a college art project developed in collaboration with artist SR Sopha during the spring semester of 2006). Lyrical content was inspired by surrealist imagery, pseudoscience, metaphysical exploration, and shocking true historical events involving human experimentation (see MKUltra).
The track "Ov the Cybernetic" was developed in the fall of 2006 as the counterpart to a deconstruction/ reconstruction art installation. Lyrical content was crafted with the intent to provoke conversation & intellectual debate around the controversial topic of transhumanism and what it means to be 'human' - encouraging the listener to ponder on the potential benefits, and the potential negative ramifications of technological integration.
In December 2006, various VOV tracks made their public debut as auditory components to Cyber-Thriller Studios: Psymortis. The gallery exhibition served as a capstone for higher education, showcasing over 20+ multimedia art pieces – speaking to the social implications of human-machine interaction.
Several EP's and singles were later released & distributed via independent label Radio-Active-Music. All releases were eventually retracted due to a decision that the material was 'not fully realized' and in some cases 'did not adequately align with the original creative vision of the project & its core principles'.
Following the disbandment of the voice_of_vision project, T.E. Oliver embarked on a quest to perfect his craft, expand his knowledge, and explore new forms of art - specifically in the realm of sound design, analog synthesis, hardware synthesizers, samplers, sequencers, effect units, digital audio workstations, and modular systems. He has since moved on to a new project with a refined sound, evolved musical style, and revitalized creative direction. The change provided an opportunity to move forward with a fresh perspective - while still maintaining much of the original core concepts that took shape during his formative college years.
Special thanks: Guitarist Dr. R. Vaughan, Artist M. Kern, Professor M. Deragon, Computer Genius J. Taylor (JT), Professor W. Ashton, Professor J. Roldan, Professor K. Reynolds, Artist S.R. Sopha, Photographer S. Collins, and Music Producer N. Deflaminis – thank you all for your time & knowledge.