Lo Pan

by VagusNerve

supported by
F. thumbnail
F. The vagus nerve is the longest of the cranial nerves, deriving its name from the Latin word meaning "wandering". True to their name, VagusNerve will wander from your brain stem through the neck, thorax and abdomen. It's cool...Just let it happen... Favorite track: No doubt. The lopan is a universe..
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      $7 USD




The lo pan is an ancient, intricate compass used in the practice of traditional Chinese feng shui and is sometimes referred to as “the universe on a plate.” A lo pan consists of two parts – a square wooden base into which is fitted a freely rotating saucer-shaped disk. In the centre of the disk is a small depression containing a magnetized needle. Between the needle and the edge of the disk are engraved several concentric rings, each divided into sectors containing different sets of Chinese characters.
The relationship between this physical object and the music you hear on this album was inspired by a dream that Li Jianhong (guitar) had in June 2006. In his dream he came to a clearing in a dark forest which contained a huge lo pan, as big as a table. Convinced that the device could provide a way to summon UFOs, he lay down on the lo pan and began to rotate around the various symbols on the concentric rings. As he did so, a vast array of UFOs appeared above the forest. For Li Jianhong then, the lo pan represents a form of ancient knowledge that can be used to unlock the secrets of the universe. His collaborator in VagusNerve, VAVABOND (laptop), reads the lo pan in a slightly different way. For her, it is a device which can be used to discover a balance between the individual and the cosmos, by aligning personal energy with the cosmic. This idea of balance runs through the music as it pulses, shifts and resonates freely, seeking to create and then destroy structures of equilibrium.

© VagusNerve and Utech Records. All rights reserved.


released August 8, 2009



all rights reserved


Utech Records Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A record label combining inimitable art and design with music from the field of sound experimentation.

Milwaukee Cassette Works, a division of Utech Records, offers quality, small-batch cassette duplication for record labels and artists.
... more

contact / help

Contact Utech Records

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code