Under an Holy Ritual (1992)
Now there is a very special release that includes the
two Alio Die issues on SmallVoices: the reissue of his fantastic masterpiece "Under
an Holy Ritual" (SVV004), very well known ritual ambient music
milestone on 12" LP and the totally new and exclusive Alio Die studio work
titled "Aurea Hora" (SVV007) released on vinyl 10". Both
vinyls (here in clear wax) are enclosed in an amazing and special de-luxe
plexiglas Box Set.
The release is limited to 100 hand-numbered copies only... so please hurry up! First come, first serve!
sonic densities that can evoke the air of ancient storms one minute, then ebb
like an immense black ocean the next. This knows how to alter moods with both
thick electronic pulses and prehistoric scrapes of mysterious percussions.
Cerebral, spooky, and thought provoking meditative/ambient music that harkens
from a ritualistic viewpoint."
ambient sounds and textures which provide a though provoking athmosphere. A
subtle power follows music and features some excellent aural works.
to the overground ruins of our civilization, where the previous inhabitants
speak through sounds that drift like samples of the soul. An ambient masterpiece.
US 'darkwave' label Projekt have released
these recordings of ALIO DIE, initially recorded in 1992. Those of you familiar
with this band, will love the ethnic loops, traditional instruments and magical
atmospheres that these recordings evoke. All ALIO DIE titles sell out very
quickly, and are all in limited editions - so please reserve.
incantations from the void, subtly shifting frequencies and moods... Stefano Musso
has menaged to resurrect unsettling sounds from a pre-Middle Ages epoch and
merge them into a pastiche of gripping, evocative pastures. One might be prone
to labelling Alio Die as quasi-active ambient music, but that has become a word
so bandied around these days that in this case the meaning far from concise.
Musso, Aka Alio Die could very well be Italy's answer to Jeff Greinke, as he
shares Greinke's affinity for layered patterns and yawning, chasm-like sounds,
but he also sprinkles tinkling chimes, sudden guts of vocal winds and other
mysterious effects liberally into these eleven tono poems. Ambient meaning
minimalist? Perhaps. But, like fellow alumnus Greinke, Vidna Obmana, and PBK,
Alio Die's sepulchral offering demonstrates, in its passionate excellence, that
there is still much left to be mined from so rich a territory.
Die has discovered an event of tachyon wave emissions (a real theory not yet
proven, except in Star Trek and other science fiction: particles which travel
faster than the speed of light, and therefore able to transmit messages through
time). He recorded them in a series of CD's which he then sent to Jim and me.
These CD's appeared identical to normal copies of "Under an Holy Ritual",
however when listened to in a specific way, the tachyon messages become apparent.
Soon we understood that through these ongoing tachyon transmissions, a network
of waves connected our time and all other times with the end of time. Playng the
CD's in sequence,one come to know and experience the end of time, as well as all
of the time. A secret organisation found out about the special Alio Die CD's and
began searcing for them. Soon we realized that Temps Perdu? also had recorded a
similar set completely indipendently, and were quietly selectively distributing
them. The new knowledge began to permeate the worlds slowly.
review from softwatch.uk
they sent me a cassette version of this album, they did send a CD cover, which
is very attractive in gold on dark colours & artistic images. And the sound
within is just as beautiful. "Light By Initiation" comes first, fading
in on dark loops of sound like a repeated bass horn fanfare heard from below the
Earth. Rising through this comes an ethnic-sounding drum rhythm, subtle &
repetitive, joined by what sounds like sampled Shamanic spirit voices. "Calls
From A Lost Conscience" comes next, sounds sustained as if the ghost
memories of piano notes played in past days, edgeless and infinitely ebbing
& flowing. Metal percussion, light & high pitched tinkles away in the
background, like the shine of sunlight off silver. "Global Construction"
opens sounding like birdsong looped & edgeless with a warm machine-like
sustain of sound beneath which hints at formal beat & rhythm as the entire
piece gradually changes & transmutes. A violin-like phrase rises through the
mix, once more surrounded by the singing of birds, This fades into the deep
sound of bubbling water, itself swallowed by a mild natural machine rhythm.
"The Secret Of Shady Gorges" isanother piece based on a watery
foundation, this time with a rolling percussive rhythm growing through it, which
consists of metallics, like heavy oil drums played lightly in series, A hum
remains beneath, warming the colder aspects of the Sound. "Axis Mundi"
takes a series of sustained sounds, loops them to form a mild, subtle rhythmic
flow which rises like the tones of a factory mellowed to delicate church organ,
sustained while other, more complex pieces fold themselves in patterns beneath.
"Reflections Of A Dawn" grows in gradual tones & shades, gentle
yet with an underlying, faster pulse. It phases as if several huge, bass tuning
forks were sustained almost to infinity while the merest traces of a filigree
skeletal rhythm surrounds the structure - kipper-rib delicate, hardly even
percussive, suggesting a fast, microscopic life superimposed onto heavier,
warmer, older being. "Invocation Of The Source Of Life" grows up on a
similar sustained sound with delicate percussion scratching fine patterns on the
soft, flowing warmth. A distant horn sound adds mystery & beneath it what
sounds not unlike didgeridoo adds a slightly damp sound. The title track
"Under A Holy Ritual" comes next, growing as the rhythmic skeleton,
bleached white, filigree & of no recognizable Earthly animal - perhaps
something aquatic? Through this as if putting warm meat back onto the cold bones,
rises an edgeless flowing sound, gradually forming into a 7 note sequence,
railing against the 'norm', yet fitting perfectly. "Cryptic Spell" is
another warm, smooth piece, again bringing SPKs "Zamia Lehmanni" album
to mind. It flows in dark waves while beneath strange subhuman voices make
animal-like noises. "Back To Tikla" takes the title track's sequence
as a leaping off point, becoming a wave of gradually changing sound like a
hybrid of organ & bagpipe, honed to become a more smooth & subtle beast
than either could dream of. "Waking Up From A Wistful Day" dawns,
rising from the speakers like tendrils of thick smoke, through which can be
heard a wooden rhythmic sound, which might be formed by natural ambient sound,
but is presunnbly deliberate. A dark, distant storm drives it back into silence.
This is a truly beautiful, relaxing album, of flowing warm tones, yet is full of
interesting little audio sculptures - most of them delicate as spider-spun lace,
but always interesting. It is closer to Ethnic music than to modern styles, yet
is without doubt a 20th Century creation.
Dérriere ce titre quelche peu sybillin, se cache un musicien italien du nom
Stefano Musso, par ailleurs créateur du label Hic Sunt Leones. Grand
manipulateur d'échantillons, Stefano Musso nous offre ici une série d'ambiances
insolites et belles, dant la singularité réside autant dans l'étrangeté des
sonorite employees, que dans leur croisement improbables et leurs developpements
par transformation progressive. Procedant par impregnation de l'espace sonor,
les compositions temoignent d'une vie intérieure intense, qui anime et colore
des décors successifs, par é clairage indirect. Ni industrielle, ni new age,
ni sombre, ni béate, cette musique flotte avec inspiration dans des mondes
subtiles et lontains. Avec ses dorures sobres,la pochette est a' l'image du
contenu, et fait de l'ensemble un objet musical de haute tenue.
Bruno Heuzé / Keyboards Magazine
Die’s magnum opus on vinyl for the first time. Released on his own label Hic
Sunt Leones (1992) and re-released by Projekt (1993), this is a milestone of
ritual ambient music. Ghostly incantations from the void, subtly changing
frequencies and moods. Dream-inducing atmospheres and introspective drones.
Stefano Musso has managed to resurrect unsettling sounds from a pre-Middle Ages
epoch and merge them into a pastiche of gripping, evocative pastures for the
discerning Ambient fan. Limited to 600 copies.