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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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Projekt Records 2012
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Projekt Records 2015
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Projekt Records 1997
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Under an Holy Ritual
1992
3.00 | 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
3.00 | 1 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
5.00 | 1 ratings
Vayu Rouah (With Aglaia)
2011
4.91 | 4 ratings
Deconsecrated And Pure
2012
3.50 | 2 ratings
Otter Songs (With Lingua Fungi)
2012
3.50 | 4 ratings
Rŕverie (With Antonio Testa)
2012
4.71 | 5 ratings
Alio Die & Sylvi Alli: Amidst the Circling Spires
2014
3.00 | 1 ratings
Sitar Meditations
2014
4.00 | 1 ratings
Standing in a place
2015
5.00 | 1 ratings
Elusive Metaphor by Alio Die & Parallel Worlds
2015
4.25 | 16 ratings
Alio Die & Lorenzo Montana: Holographic Codex
2015
4.90 | 2 ratings
Seamlessly bliss
2016

ALIO DIE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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
3.00 | 1 ratings
Hora Aurea
2015

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 Elusive Metaphor by Alio Die & Parallel Worlds by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2015
5.00 | 1 ratings

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Elusive Metaphor by Alio Die & Parallel Worlds
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

— First review of this album —
5 stars This is the future!

"Elusive Metaphor" by Alio Die (aka Stefano Musso) & Parallel Worlds (aka Bakis Sirro) released in 2015 is a MASTERWORK.

7 expansive, rich in textures, truly inspired and unique compositions, including a short collaboration by the ghostly and beautiful voice of India Czajkowska (track 1), whose storm of ideas on each track gives a different and new meaning to conceptual albums.

Deep into the sequences of dream like emotions, these sonic/visions are as abstract as concrete, yet fleeting away their shapes through mutable environments, which even though "earthly", withhold an absolute deep in trance "cosmic/human" quality that is both attainable as it is possible and better yet represented through the art of music.

Progressive Electronics taken for a ride into our planet's inherent aural atmospheres in full amounts of sonic colors and their respective shades and better yet with pitch perfect music composition.

A well hidden treasure full of all the unwritten, until now, possibilities in progressive electronics and contemporary non-mainsream electronic music composition adding up to a Prog music masterpiece!

***** 5 "FULL" PA stars!

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 Seamlessly bliss by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.90 | 2 ratings

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Seamlessly bliss
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
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5 stars Stefano Musso aka Alio Die has polished his musical language according to his personal music composition quest. The best way to describe it is like picturing a landscape of incidental colors which conform by their addition a sonic world full of field recordings counterpointed by musical/non-musical instrumental structures which emerge as separate entities blending themselves into hypnotic ephemeral, short or mid-long , moments and transfiguring into different moods and new, vaporous also, passage like sections.

Words will never be as accurate to describe his music, but then again, they are a reviewer best tool.

One of the most valuable attributes "Seamlessly Bliss", 2016, (along with its line up with Lingua Fungi & Aglaia) holds, is a total freedom to conform even from its own preciousness or beauty. Thus when this happens one can easily detect that it is achieved by the synchronicity of "free-floating" structures which convey in a single section, more than sounding as pre-planned to sound beautiful or friendly.

And that is another great asset this release shows. Alio Die understands the certain degree of detachment he holds as composer in order for his music to be free of being set, as most Ambient/Drone related artist, as necessarily friendly or lukewarm, or horrible and disturbing. His music, as the nature of the organic nature it emulates, resembles the same, incidental as life itself, full of all kind of highlights, downlights and mid-lights. As being free of the hand of man or women.

To close it down. An album by an artist who rarely disappoints us, followers, and most important himself, this extraordinary release is a peak which kind of started, sound wise, with "Standing in a Place", 2015, but taken way beyond to the heights of any of his past masterworks.

*****5 PA stars.

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 Alio Die & Sylvi Alli: Amidst the Circling Spires by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.71 | 5 ratings

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Alio Die & Sylvi Alli: Amidst the Circling Spires
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by richardgurtler

5 stars Alio Die & Sylvi Alli "Amidst The Circling Spires" CD

The long awaited collaboration between Italian sound explorer Stefano Musso/Alio Die and in Berkeley, California based singer Sylvi Alli was released during January, 2014, on Projekt. While prolific Italian sculptor Alio Die is widely recognized, the name Sylvi Alli was new to me, thus she deserves here a little introduction. Sylvi Alli has started her artistic career with classical piano, but soon she turned into painting (1976-1993) and since 1995 she began singing. Her discography includes several solo CDs and soundtracks for theater and film, which feature also underground movies directed by Sylvi's husband Antero Alli (Sylvi is also acting in many of Antero's films). They both run Vertical Pool Productions, an intermedia arts group. And on the top of this, Sylvi Alli is also designing and handcrafting original jewelry on her LunarMuse shop.

As usual for all Alio Die releases, "Amidst The Circling Spires" CD is housed in gorgeously designed 6-panel digipak, with cover photo and concept by His Sunt Leones, while Sam Rosenthal handles the graphic design. The album opens with "The Inner Sea (Silver Sea)", it's a very tranquil and meditative neo-medieval flavored composition. Alio Die's gorgeously evocative and distinguishing soundsculpting is more than apparent, this time is precisely enriched by ethereal voice magic by Sylvi Alli. The harmony between Stefano's electroacoustic textures and Sylvi's vocal expressions is absolutely magical, a truly embracing effect is quickly achieved. I am hooked immediately by this serenely captivating composition!!! Bravo, Sylvi & Stefano!!! "Dreaming Tree" starts with minimal texture, slightly more cacophonous and primordial blending all those acoustic and organic subtleties. Sylvi Alli's colorful vocal wizardry adds a new dimension to this mysteriously fragranced reverie. On the next piece, "Crepuscular Birds", the two main protagonists are joined also by Lingua Fungi (taking care of zither, e-bow and effects). Poignant neo-medieval strings quietly intermingle with more droney parts, organic sounds occasionally emerge, all safely guarded by utterly gorgeous heavenly voices. The more sparser is the texture, the more expressively intense is its overall mood, which paints a really wonderful state of serenity!!! With "La Grotta Delle Naiadi" the listener is invited to enter into spectacular cavernous domains, where velvety tinkles hauntingly interact with warmly expanding and meandering washes. Soothingly engrossing fragile rainy sounds inconspicuously sneak in through the large opening. Sylvi's gracious voice bravura distinguishably enriches these uniquely magical and deeply contemplative sceneries. Lorenzo MontanÓ is credited for additional electronics and effects on this masterpiece. Yes, be prepared for nearly 12 minutes of pure sonic bliss!!! The following piece, "Numinous Veins", remains in deeply mysterious terrains, deliberately merging slender electroacoustics, comprised mostly of tenser strings, eerie howls and mesmerizing percussive transitions, with crystalline field recordings and excelling emotional voice. "Across A Splendid Vista" immediately shifts into neo-medieval paths leaded by dazzlingly beautiful zither magic, flimsy tinkles and warmly undulating atmospherics. The track title exactly displays this delightful journey!!! On the closing "Revenir" Sylvi Alli returns with her heavenly voice virtuosity. The soundscape keeps on floating and circling, with distant beat unobtrusively hanging above, and painting pleasingly meditative images.

"Amidst The Circling Spires" album is absolutely triumphant collaboration of two artists, who are deeply dedicated to their artistic expressions, their unrestrained passion and unique fragrances make from this recording a truly gracious and majestic listening experience, and certainly fully rewarding too. Another big one from this Italian master and big grazie to Stefano for bringing Sylvi Alli to this artful spectacle!!! Once again, bravo to Alio Die & Sylvi Alli (and their guests)!!!

Richard GŘrtler (Apr 06, 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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 Vayu Rouah  (With Aglaia) by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2011
5.00 | 1 ratings

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Vayu Rouah (With Aglaia)
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by richardgurtler

— First review of this album —
5 stars Alio Die & Aglaia "Vayu Rouah" CD

After highly acclaimed first collaboration CD "Private History Of The Clouds", released in 2009 on Infraction, here comes the next chapter of teamwork by Alio Die's Stefano Musso and Aglaia's Gino Fioravanti and Gianluigi Toso. However, in the works for many years, but now finally becoming a reality. At the very beginning I didn't know what to expect from this long form composition clocking to 67 minutes, but already the first 10 minutes left me totally attracted and while the soundscapes kept on flowing, I was starting to realize that "Vayu Rouah" is going to be an absolutely breathtaking listening experience. The album opens with short hissed eclectic intro, but soon it enters into more hypnotic stage with always circulating and evolving structures that never get boring or unappealing. On the contrary, this precisely and skillfully crafted sonic mantra is growing on me with each listening. It takes me into my deepest imagination, this is gracefully ethereal, tranquil and evocative sonorous organic ambience executed by true masters of the genre. Yes, these three Italians are merging at the very top of their musicianship electronics with acoustics and various on-site recordings into highly refined, richly built, expansively euphoric and charmingly intimate aural sceneries. "Vayu Rouah" is certainly one of the most emotionally moving long form compositions I have ever heard in this genre, absolutely essential for ambient fans everywhere. Journeying with Stefano, Gino and Gianluigi transported me into magnificently beautiful and warmly fascinating deep night blue sky to capture pure moments of natural magic. And the visual part of this digipak packaging is no exception to this. Molte grazie, signori!!!

Richard GŘrtler (Jul 03, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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 Standing in a place by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Standing in a place
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars A world by its own.

And by world I do mean one organic one, like this holy planet Earth. Alio Die's "Standing in a Place", 2015-2016, strips down naked its attributes to portray a peaceful entanglement of very fine threads weaving inch by inch a personal and universal attractive mirror world or even better your own, if lucky.

Back to nature, without self induced hazards, in sheer ecstasy of appreciation without any kind of organic or artificial aid, but the reinterpretation of the flow of time with its sonic counterpart in the hands of a highly trained disciple.

Progressive Electronics is not exactly what you will find here, electronically recorded and processed acoustic elements , if that is an issue, but thank the Gods, it is found in this PA's electronic world.

I can repeat myself, as I have done in most of my Alio Die's reviews, but then again to cut it short, Alio Die's own musical idiom can not be compared to no one's else vocabulary, therefore for those already aquainted with his music, this release as expected rates an easy 4.5 rating. For those new comers do not miss if you like to take a dive in a world where time stands still according to your own perception of the same, in a highly rich, creative and breathable place very much in tune to your own earthly floor and blood, wherever you happen to be, beyond all that and below!

****4.5 "slow-paced, feel forewarned", PA stars.

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 Eleusian Lullaby (With Martina Galvagni) by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2007
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Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
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— 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
4.25 | 16 ratings

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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
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
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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
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, where he moved along in his host's musical language.

And well, this is how far and modern Die's genial idiom can turn up to be, or let me say, how close can his idiom be of prog/electronics (or the super famous Berlin's "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 Die's solo projects.

The balance between compositions, there are seven, allows the perfect and creative 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 to this table, 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 for Alio Die), 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 prog/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.

PD available in "i-Tunes".

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