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ALIO DIE

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Alio Die is the name of Stefano Musso's shimmering expansive dronescaping project. Musso was formed in electro acoustic researches and started to work under the name Alio Die in 1989. He is also known for his fruitful collaboration with artists such as Robert Rich, Vidna Obmana, Mathias Grassow (...) His personal musical signature is an achieved hybrid between sonic sonorous soundscapes and acoustic mysticism. A poignant and extatic journey of sounds.

See also: ROBERT RICH "Fissures" (with ALIO DIE)

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Under an Holy Ritual
1992
3.50 | 2 ratings
Sit Tibi Terra Levis/Introspective
1993
4.00 | 6 ratings
Suspended Feathers
1994
4.95 | 5 ratings
The Hidden Spring
1997
4.00 | 2 ratings
Password For Entheogenic Experience
1997
3.49 | 3 ratings
Le stanze della Trascendenza
1999
3.95 | 2 ratings
Apsaras (With Amelia Cuni)
2000
4.00 | 1 ratings
Incantamento
2001
4.00 | 2 ratings
Leaves Net
2001
4.00 | 3 ratings
Khen introduce silence
2003
3.00 | 1 ratings
Il Tempo Magico Di Saturnia Pavonia
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Angel's Fly Souvenir (With Francesco Paladino
2004
3.00 | 1 ratings
Sol Niger
2004
3.00 | 1 ratings
Corteggiando Le Messi (With Saffron Wood)
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
Mei-Jyu (With Jack or Jive)
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Flight Of Real Image
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
End Of An Era (With Luciano Daini)
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Raag Drone Theory (Feat. Zeit)
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
Eleusian Lullaby (With Martina Galvagni)
2007
4.05 | 4 ratings
Aura Seminalis
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
Tempus Rei
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Private History of the Clouds (& Aglaia)
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
La Sala dei Cristalli
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Tripudium Naturae
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Il Giardino Ermeneutico (&Zeit)
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Circo Divino (&Parallel Worlds)
2010
3.00 | 1 ratings
Horas Tibi Serenas
2010
4.91 | 3 ratings
Honeysuckle
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Vayu Rouah (With Aglaia)
2011
4.95 | 3 ratings
Deconsecrated And Pure
2012
3.50 | 2 ratings
Otter Songs (With Lingua Fungi)
2012
3.75 | 4 ratings
Rŕverie (With Antonio Testa)
2012
4.00 | 3 ratings
Alio Die & Sylvi Alli: Amidst the Circling Spires
2014
3.00 | 1 ratings
Sitar Meditations
2014
4.40 | 8 ratings
Alio Die & Lorenzo Montana: Holographic Codex
2015

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Music Infinity meets Virtues (Live in Prague 23th May 2009)
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At DadÓ Theater (17 Aprile 2007) (with Zeit)
2012

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4.00 | 1 ratings
The Way of Fire
2002

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 Eleusian Lullaby (With Martina Galvagni) by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Eleusian Lullaby (With Martina Galvagni)
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars Real/Surreal

Alio Die's 2007 "Eleusian Lullaby" is a 3 piece set in collaboration with Martina Galvagny, and it delivers an interesting display of contrasts. For starters and kind of a drawback for the average prog audiophile, you kind of have to be previously aquainted with this musician's works to actually enjoy what this release offers, but if not let me kind of explain it to you.

Taking into account the ever slow-paced evolution in Alio Die's musical proposals and musical idiom, this one is more unmusical yet harmonius in comparison to earlier works . The flowing nature of both musician's languages, but especially Martina Galvagni's transparent unintelligible singing voice, adds up ironically the darkest and mysterious tones but in such small and perfectly threaded dosages as to become part of this oniric, back to nature, droning lullabies and not the whole project itself.

Another good and not that far fetched way to kind of understand this album's concept, will be to mention some referentials but not in the sense of comparisons, because there are none, will turn out to be Dead Can Dance but without their complex musical perfections. These lullabies instead, are detached most of the times from being musically rational and closer to the emotional/environmental hypnotic state of dreaming literally speaking not just the conceptual cliche.

A feast of obscure yet beautiful micro-succeeding passages glued in sometimes by the haunting singing, it is ephemeral in disguise, but rich in on coming and on going instrumentation and ever transfiguring compositional ideas, as to invite the listener to dwell in with his entire participation, but makes no compromises in its own perfectly evolutive oniric musical idiom.

****4 PA stars.

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 Alio Die & Lorenzo Montana: Holographic Codex by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.40 | 8 ratings

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Alio Die & Lorenzo Montana: Holographic Codex
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by floflo79

3 stars I'm not a fan of ambient music or progressive electronic except some artists like Tangerine Dream (RIP Edgar Froese), Brian Eno, Klaus Schulze and Ashra. I didn't know Alio Die before this release. So i'm not a fan of this style, I have to recognize that the work of Alio Die and his partner Lorenzo Montana really know their job. The atmosphere is well done. It's very tripp and well made. It's such a shame that I'm not fond of ambient and electronic prog, because if I was, I would love this album. All the fans of this style should love Holographic Codex (I like this title very much by the way).

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 Alio Die & Lorenzo Montana: Holographic Codex by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.40 | 8 ratings

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Alio Die & Lorenzo Montana: Holographic Codex
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

5 stars The start of 2015 already delivers a standout progressive/electronic release in the form of `Holographic Codex', a collaboration between two very different Italian musicians, the expansive drone artist Alio Die and soundtrack composer and producer Lorenzo MontanÓ. The two have literally dozens of previous albums and productions between them, and here they offer a selection of constantly evolving, deeply immersive ambient sounds, delivering a surreal mix of eerie instrumental soundscapes balanced with hypnotic wordless vocal drones and strong ethnic flavours. Despite moments of emotional beauty, much of the material is extremely confronting with an overwhelming disorientating atmosphere, frequently sharing the same kind of exploratory environments of the more mellow Krautrock albums. Both of these artists are in perfect unison here, offering a truly intimate and exotic journey.

The mysterious yet pretty opener `Muns de Etrah' brings a false sense of security and contentment, being a warmer drifting synth drone with a light pleasing skittering beat over the top. The album then instantly takes a gloomier turn. A despondent tormented treated male cry wails over ghostly piano throughout `Hydra e Vers', instantly comparable to the second `Voices of Syn' side of German electronic pioneer Klaus Schulze's dark divisive 1974 masterpiece `Blackdance'. `Silent Rumon' grafts that same voice to slowly unfolding droning ethnic instrumentation with a brooding cinematic quality, the dusty heavy mood similar to Electric Orange's `Volume 10' from 2014. Crystalline shards and clockwork-like thickness levitates before and quickly envelopes the listener throughout `Avkil', and `Egetora' is a slow-motion droning wavering sustained hum around a spectral siren cry.

The fifteen minute `Cinta della Brecia Divina' is a storm of swirling winds inhaling and exhaling like the breath of God, jangling zither chimes, chirping insect ambience and unfolding synth and organ washes over delicate fizzing pulsing beats like `Timewind'-era Klaus Schulze. This mix of sandy ethnic Krautrock flavours and sparse electronics also calls to mind the first two Agitation Free albums. `Eternal Wisdom' then closes the work with impossibly beautiful operatic voices submerged in ebbing ethereal spirals, the very definition of pristine serenity and spiritual bliss.

Only barely three weeks into 2015, and we've already seen outstanding (and all completely different) ambient releases in the form of Steve Roach's `Invisible', Ishq's `Autumn Light/Winter Light' and Altus' `The Time Collection', and now most impressive of all is this one. Alio Die and Lorenzo MontanÓ's album is for electronic (and Krautrock) listeners who don't like simple, pretty ambient music, instead preferring challenging, expansive and thought-provoking compositions, the sort of music that completely alters the environment around you. `Holographic Codex' is deeply meditative, hypnotic and already utterly timeless, making it one of the first essential progressive music related releases of 2015.

Five stars.

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 Alio Die & Lorenzo Montana: Holographic Codex by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.40 | 8 ratings

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Alio Die & Lorenzo Montana: Holographic Codex
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

5 stars A trip through their wires.

"HOLOGRAPHIC CODEX", a 2015 release, sets on a different pace in Alio Die's collaborations with other electronic musicians. Now it┤s turn for Lorenzo Montana's talents to recreate in Alio Die's universe, when usually it happened otherwise in Die's latter collaborations with other hosts/guests.

And well, this is how far and modern Die's genial musical language can turn up to be, or let me say, how close can his idiom be of prog/electronics (or the super famous "Cosmic Music" school, or the use of electronic rhythm pulses) as usually understood. And how Montana's language adds up these specific electronic routes, which rarely happened as such, I repeat in other collaboration or solo projects.

The balance between compositions, there are seven, allows the perfect and creatively flowing landscapes to develop throughly and free as single unities, yet as in almost all of Die's works, the whole body of work is felt conceptual.

Alio Die's ultra-refined, ethereal, environmental structures are predominant in the majority of the compositions, and for the first time in his collaborative works, I think it could have been nice, thinking of this as a 2 musicians work, a bit more of the "prog" electronics, Montana brings on, but that is asking for the not given.

If you are already familiar with Alio Die's works, this is the all perfect-flawless compositions kind of work (business as usual), in the tenor of his most inspired albums (i.e. "Deconsacrated and Pure" or "Honeysukcle"), if you want to feel surprised, well this album will achieve that, and maybe as me, will have liked a little bit more of those electronics, just for fun!

If you are a newcomer, dwell into it, if lucky (you! I mean), you will hold it in your Prog collection.

I of course, will keep it!

*****5 "flawless-ethereal" PA stars.

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 Aura Seminalis by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.05 | 4 ratings

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Aura Seminalis
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars Long forgotten architectural temples in Alio Die's musical imagination.

Diaphanous, wide open structures, filled to the brim with invisible threading choruses, slow single string chords, droning and nostalgic melody lines processed in his completely distinguishable personal music language.

Alio Die's "Aura Seminalis" 2008, concept is quiet well explained in the previous PA review, so I would not dwell into it. The fact that it all comes to a masterful music reinterpretation of physical structures, will reinforce the "concrete" and airy spaciousness of the 5 music compositions included in this work.

Besides that, as I have insisted, Alio Die sounds like Alio Die, therefore the musical comparisons act more as referentials, than comparisons as such. So in able to describe his music to newcomers, let me point out some references.

Hildegard Von Bingen (1098-1179) and Perotin's (1160-1230) sacred hypnotic music comes to mind at first. Then the Baroque organ music figures of J.S. Bach and the italian Antonio.L. Vivaldi's symphonic works, also Baroque. Enhanced with the flowing nature of early Renaissance music and some splashes of Indian's music mysterious under-tones.

In today's world, Alio Die compresses all these influences, strips them naked and then mixes up these powerful "powders" to the point of almost invisibility, yet perfectly structured and solid, as enticing.

As for prog audiences, well that's another ride! It all depends on your personal likings, but if you know and like the people mentioned above, well you are in for an amazing hypnotic experience!

**** 4.5 PA stars.

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 Tempus Rei by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Tempus Rei
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
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— First review of this album —
4 stars Not electronic like prog. Alio Die is simply himself, again.

Tough to conceive someone who has insisted constantly in the use of acoustic instruments "electronic". Hard luck for Alio Die to have been invited into such a marginal "district". Anyway, when you come to terms that the "symphonic" sub-genre, has been kind of kidnapped by not exactly "symphonies", I suppose there was no place left for him to dwell. But he is no, and does not need to be, Tangerine Dream nor Yes!

A thread of droning like Hildegard Von Bingen's masses interwined with Vivaldi like figures, ethereal Indo like passages, with touches of Perotin's minimalism and a Bach's like SLOW counterpointing. Compressed into short individual songs, connected solely by the constant "reminders" of planet earth sounds, embedded in two long timed tracks. (30+ minutes)

A thrill to meditate on, listen to, or simply enjoy at a distance.

For audiophiles who appreciate the names mentioned above, or original slow-paced music.

****4 PA stars!

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  Under an Holy Ritual  by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 1992
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Under an Holy Ritual
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
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— First review of this album —
4 stars What a way to start a discography! "Under an Holy Ritual", Alio Die's first release ,(as far as PA and I know), is straight forward focused, diverse, masterful and unique. But above all this, it does not resemble or even worst, fake or copy no one's musical language. Some reviewers may be forced to come up with the inevitable comparissons (some, quiet far-fetched by the way), but I suppose it has to do with the tempting desire, to explain, the unexplainable (the power of music, in fact).

To "explain" his music in generalities, let us assume this is an "Electronic/Ambient" project , with the results of experimentation, but not the process of it. This musicians displays in this, his first release, perfectly crafted and written songs. Diverse and unique in his personal musical language, which turns out to be enormous. Of course this is not fast paced music (which explains the crowd), it is "Slow Music" as such.

Evidently it is electronically and acoustically generated, with the usual intention, as with many electronic works, to fusion "real life" sounds with electronic ones. With the knowledge, of course that all this has been happening since day one in this Prog sub-genre. So, it will be unwise, not to notice that, those "resources" in Alio Die's music have already been more than "tasted" and "digested".

Alio Die's music witholds experimentation in favour of composition, without losing a drop of inspiration. That alone sets him apart in this field. Add up to that, his musical-language from the very beginning is identifiable, small feat, in a world of invisible structures, as "Ambient music" usually is, to be in fact, be called "Ambient". Anyway, "Under an Holy Ritual" is a masterful display of diverse slow-paced instrumental compositions, that besides not being connected with each other, each one offers a wide scope of approaches by themselves. in both performance and "minimalistic" arrangements. And best of all, it is full with originality and creaivity in its songwriting. I could not think of a better way to know Alio Die's music, thant this, his first project.

****4.5 PA stars. What else can I say. Superb!

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 Le stanze della Trascendenza by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.49 | 3 ratings

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Le stanze della Trascendenza
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars A collection of un-connected songs (1994-1999) that act as individual spaces or "rooms", that when put up together, enhance each one and the other, with a unique identity. As if to invite the listener to different "room-environments" or emotional spaces. Alio Die in this selection (and as the second part of this Ambient "trilogy"), also makes it quiet clear, how his music has evoluted, into an own language, that is always personal and intimate, and yet quiet "universal". His language refinement is perfectly stated in this project... The first thing you must understand when entering Alio Die's world, is to change your perception of time, his, is not "background" music, to get the best of this enticing world, you have to slow down. If so, in turn, this music will offer all its "hidden" secrets and beauties.... If you are more into concrete concepts and words and references, well you will miss half the trip, to this extraordinary "evironmental, electronically generated blend of electro-acoustics", with the unmistakable identity of this musician's genius. **** 4 Solid PA stars!

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 Deconsecrated And Pure by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Deconsecrated And Pure
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

5 stars Ambient music is a tough ground when it comes to original composition. A lot has to do with the instant name that comes to mind: Brian Eno (as Eno┤s "ambients" remind of Satie┤s & Debussy┤s 19th century environmental music concept ) . A tough act to follow considering also his vast number of works under this tagging.

So it is fascinating to see what others do, with this kind of invisible, unperceptible musical language by rule. To my great luck there are many artist that have bended the genre to fabulous places. Tim Hecker, Julia Kent, Laraaji, the always surprising Lyndsie Alguire, Alva Noto, Aidan Baker, Marconi Union, Robert Fripp and of course Alio Die, (among others).

Alio Die, who already has added some "jewels" to the ambient crown (Honneysuckle, The Hidden Spring), seldom repeats himself , which adds bonuses to his work in my humble opinion. He plays what he feels and this record shows the unlimited range of his aquired musical self-language in this field. Or to put it simply: Alio Die sounds like Alio Die wherever he appears.

Deconsecrated & Pure: Beautiful without intention. Alio Die follows his musical intuition wherever it leads. In this work, the grandeur is accomplished by a simple change of chords and it feels like the whole world turns into another realm, a new one, a wide space of nothingness and everything. .. The sonic environment is inviting and detached at the same time, no compromises for him nor you. Like a guide who shows you this amazing structures and makes no claim over them (although you know he is the annonymous creator.) In a vast and somehow ungrateful genre, this work stands out as as Masterpiece! *****5 PA stars.

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 Honeysuckle by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.91 | 3 ratings

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Honeysuckle
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

5 stars By now; almost every elecronic-prog follower knows that mostly all electronic " intentions" are going outside their own circle; more towards "Ambiental" expressions ( pulses or rhythms are now; not that fundamental and even unnecessary). The instrument by excellence the "synthetizers" can do more tricks now than those "old" ones. And of course the path has been opened up wide by "early" Prog Founder and Progressive- electronics wiz-kid; Brian Eno.

That is the tendency, but not all AMBIENT music is achieved with electronic instruments, the same goes for the songwriting. This is an "issue" corresponding to a pure "electronic" prog sub-genre. More in the case of this musician, who takes the best of both worlds acoustic and electric, breaking ground in the use of both musical languages. And really quiet progressive; "music wise".

This Alio Die 2010, 3-pieces effort, with an special early baroque flavor, hides its own baroque expression, by lowering down the emphasis on the tempo and paying more attention to the natural harmonics progression of harmonics. Therefore, the melodic lines are constantly appearing and dissolving.

As soon as it plays on, You will be caught in an entanglement of low-profile, baroque like flutes threading simultaneous progressions of minimal melodies (a natural wild "attribute" of harmonics) that fly in any direction. And yet build a whole environment as if "constructing while they pass by".

****5 , "a subtle electronic/acoustic "AMBIENT", masterpiece" PA stars.

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