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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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Release 2003
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Under an Holy Ritual
1992
3.50 | 2 ratings
Sit Tibi Terra Levis/Introspective
1993
3.95 | 6 ratings
Suspended Feathers
1994
5.00 | 4 ratings
The Hidden Spring
1997
4.00 | 1 ratings
Password For Entheogenic Experience
1997
3.32 | 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
4.50 | 2 ratings
Khen introduce silence
2003
0.00 | 0 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
0.00 | 0 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
Eleusian Lullaby (With Martina Galvagni)
2007
4.03 | 3 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
4.00 | 1 ratings
Honeysuckle
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Vayu Rouah (With Aglaia)
2011
5.00 | 2 ratings
Deconsecrated And Pure
2012
3.00 | 1 ratings
Otter Songs (With Lingua Fungi)
2012
4.50 | 2 ratings
Rêverie (With Antonio Testa)
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Alio Die & Sylvi Alli: Amidst the Circling Spires
2014

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Music Infinity meets Virtues (Live in Prague 23th May 2009)
2009
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Live At Dadà Theater (17 Aprile 2007) (with Zeit)
2012

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4.00 | 1 ratings
The Way of Fire
2002

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 Aura Seminalis by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.03 | 3 ratings

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Aura Seminalis
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt

4 stars Long forgotten architectural temples in Alio Die's music 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 (again).

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 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 who the people mentioned above were, well you are in for an amazing 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

— 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

— 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
3.32 | 3 ratings

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Le stanze della Trascendenza
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt

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

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
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Honeysuckle
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

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— First review of this album —
4 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".

****4 + something, "Excellent AMBIENT oriented-work" PA stars.

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 Leaves Net by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Leaves Net
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

4 stars This album closes an ambient trilogy started with "The Hidden Spring" and continued with "Le Stanze Della Trascendenza" (Apsaras is a collaboration and even if released in the middle it's not part of the trilogy.

As in the previous two albums, this "dronescape" project is a mixture of natural sounds electronically manipulated. "Still Rapture" is based on a loop. I think the original sound it's a cello. some "natural sounds" (wood, water, steps) behind. "Breathing Again" is very similar (same structure) but different. We can also hear monkeys, birds and other jungle animals. It's like walking in a tropical rain forest. The mood is similar with "First Perception" but this track is more structured and contains more different sounds. The water which comes after about two minutes gives the idea of something primordial, sensation enhanced by wooden flute and wood xylophone. A great drone, this one, with the xylophone taking the part that in a Tangerine Dream or Vangelis track would have been performed by a keyboard effect. Dreamy with the voice in the final which adds a touch of hypnosis.

The title track is darker in terms of sounds with loops, tapes and small percussion in evidence. A nice drone less "natural" than the others. "A Chaos of Desire" starts as a follow-up to the previous track, but after few seconds it's clear that the ambient is different. Less dark, with sequenced vocals and again natural sounds. What seems to be a keyboard could be any instrument electronically manipulated. In some moments the whispered vocals can give the idea of a Sabbath or better, of a primeval ritual. "A Fragment of Fire" is a very evocative title. The music is initially too "cool" to remind to fire, but behind the main chord (wooden flutes?) some little sounds advance in crescendo. Being it just a "fragment" we can't expect a burning building. The distant thunders behind the flutes give me the idea of an incoming storm instead. However this is part of a "Fire Trilogy" as the next track is entitled "The Way Of Fire".

No thunders now, and a more dark environment to which some bells, likely a triangle are added. Respect to the dutch Phrozenlight, Alio Die's drones are more rich of sounds and even in tracks made of a single chord, the variations are suggestive and never boring. After about 3 minutes the thunder reappears for a couple of times, probably a connection to the previous track. The mood is similar to TD Zeit, or to the pink period in general.

"Concerning Simple Fire" closes the trilogy. Now the rumor of a little fire is clearly listenable. The percussive sound seems to be a stone that a primitive man is using to light the fire. All those sounds go to the background while something similar to edited cello and a sitar take the main scene. Crickets and cicadas say that it's night. Try to imagine somebody lighting a small fire in a wood to warm his night.

"Regeneration" is opened by percussion and various noises. There's some melody in the background, but the track has the typical aspect of an ambient drone. It's a dreamy soundscape. It's like the primitive man is now sleeping. The atmosphere seems more spacey but the echoed bell sets up the environment to a dream full of things . Not properly a nightmare, but some of the sounds don't give the idea of a relaxing good dream. I love this track for the sensations that it can give birth to.

The closer ,"Desire", represents maybe the wake-up. A nice one. Female vocals and gamelan like percussion (not too invasive), then bells. It's a great track and an excellent closer for an album which doesn't deserve less than 4 stars.

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 Apsaras (With Amelia Cuni) by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2000
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Apsaras (With Amelia Cuni)
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

4 stars New raga age immersed into primordial waters...

Alio Die is an amazing project from a genius of the ambient music very often open to collaborations like this one with Amelia Cuni who is one of the few western vocalist to have studied the dhrupal singing. She's also a composer and a percussionist as well as a dancer. All things that she has studied during a 10 year period spent in India.

The Apsaras are nymphs of the water and all the album's theme is centered on that. What appear to be lyrics in Indian are only repeated syllables which compose the "alap", a sort of long improvised introduction which is one of the element of the dhrupal singing.

However this is not an album of classical Indian music. The Dhropal singing is immersed into an ambient monotonal and modal soundscape, totally empty of percussion of any kind. The only rhythms come from water and other natural sounds as often happens in Alio Die music. This artist, even if considered "progressive electronic" is uset to record acoustic and natural sounds later re-elaborated through the electronics.

Two of the track titles are in Sanskrita and require a translation: "AMBHAS" means "celestial waters" but is also a metric consisting of 82 syllables. I haven't counted, but it's possible that the opening track has both the meanings. "AAPAHA" is water intended as one of the primeval elements which are the same of the western culture: Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Ether.

This album is a sort of nature inspired mantra. The Indian element is strong but the music is as spacey as the early TANGERINE DREAM with the addition of a sitar on "Water Memories" and some other instruments and devices which can't be distinguished easily.

It's an unique album that seems made to capture your mind and send it back in time to contemplate the creation of the world from the waters. The Dhrupal singing is mystic and Amelia Cuni sounds like a Nymph, an "APSARA".

The mentioned "Water Memories" and "Churning Of The Oceans" are the album's highlights, but the whole is excellent if you like the genre.

4 stars

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 Le stanze della Trascendenza by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.32 | 3 ratings

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Le stanze della Trascendenza
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

3 stars The main characteristic of the early works of Alio Die consist in applying the electronics to acoustic and natural sounds. This album should be the second part of a trilogy including started with the excellent "The Hidden Spring" as he writes on his website, nut he has missed to tell us if a third part has ever been released.

"Le Stanze Della Trascendenza" can be tranlsated as "The Rooms Of Transcendence", but with the word "stanze" that can be translated both as "rooms" and with the poetical meaning of "stanzas". Probably the second meaning is the correct one. The tracks which compose this album has been composed and recorder between 1994 and 1999.

"Alternate Realities" is a familiar terminology for who has read the books of Carlos Castaneda. I don't know if Stefano Musso was thinking to that when he composed this dark ambient track. Probably it's only self-suggestion, but I hear echoes of world elements in the bells and the untuned flute in the background later followed by congas. It's a very meditative track. I don't know how much influenced by the Yaquis sorcerers, but it has surely something magic inside. I think to the ritual in the cave in Ken Russel's "Altered States".

Whoever has spent a summer night near to the Mediterranean Sea, in Italy or in Greece, knows that sleeping can be quite difficult, not only because of the heat and the mosquitos, but also for the chaos produced by the legs of cicadas, but when this noise is not too loud their sound can be incredibly relaxing. "Cicada's loop" is a 4 minutes track based on that sound accompanied by major chords of God knows which instruments. Cicadas "singing" is a sort of natural mantra. Try to believe.

"Il Fondo Del Pozzo" (The Bottom of The Well) starts as a drone. The reverberation effect adds a sensation of water, but there's more in this well. The increasing noise makes me think to the forge of Sauron, or at least to a frenetic hidden activity in the deep, as in Lovecraft's prose "something laying in the dark behind the ground".

"Melancholic Roots" is full of water which is the one of the four alchemical elements most used in progressive electronic, I think. The mood doesn't change with what seems to be an acoustic guitar with a loop of itself overlying. After 3 minutes and a bit of silence it restarts with vocals (oohs and somebody human, hopefully) on a single minor note The chord remains the same while natural noises of animals fill in a pool of water. I have the impression that this sound is produces by a wet finger over a crystal glass but I can't be sure. Something changes with the water coming back at minute 10:30 of this longest allbum's track. Some birds or similar appear at minute 13 and they add a bit of variation to this very static track. The jungle noises increases and after some monkeys and birds in the water I can expect a crocodile. There are vocals too. I don't know if it's somebody singing and sequenced. The bells at minute 16 add a dark mood to what is now clearly a sequence of I think C- and G#..It proceeds in this way until the end.

"Desire" is a strange track. A sequence of two chords with a sinusoidal progress in the volume. Another meditative ambient moment.

"Molecular Dance" is the closer. The original source of the sound might have been a guitar or another strings instrument, maybe an oriental one. This song is based on pauses and chords of short duration probably to symbolize the dance of the title. Also in this track the volume has some variations but less regular than on the previous track. Only in the final another instrument is added, then it slowly fades out.

What this album misses is a bit of continuity between the tracks so to appear more like a collection of songs than like a part of a trilogy concept. For the rest it's a good one for who likes this kind of ambient electronic music.

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 The Hidden Spring by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 1997
5.00 | 4 ratings

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The Hidden Spring
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

5 stars It's unusual that what's initially intended as a compilation of rarities released in different periods can acquire a cohesion like it has been conceived as a concept album. This early album of Stefano Musso (aka Alio Die, "Other Day") is mainly made of acoustic sounds, filtered and midified by electronics, but there aren't many keyboards or loops.

Stefano Musso is able in using the natural sounds to create a soundscape that sometimes is spacey, sometimes is psychedelic without falling into the newage. Listen to the second track that's made of birds, frogs, water and woods on a single chord. It can bring you wherever you want, it's primordial, wild and in the same time it's not just a drone. The various sounds create a unique environment.

Proceeding with the tracks you can visit a multitude of natural landscapes. The kind of bells which prelude to the noisy progression of the third track , the "dawn of the mankind" that can be perceived in "Amniotic Pot" with the sound of the rain and the water echoes which seem to come from a cave, every track has its characteristics and tells the story of a specific ambience.

I think the best possible explanation of this album's meaning comes from Alio Die's website where a poetry of the Indian Tagore is mentioned: "If I've ever given reality to God, If I've ever been gifted by God's vision, I have received it through this world, through Man, through the trees and the birds and the animals and the dust and the soil."

This album is that vision, made of trees, birds, animals and soil. A strongly recommended progressive meditation to those who like entering new worlds through the listening.

Not just ambient music.

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