The Door of Possibilities (1994)
collaboration between Alio Die and the english group ORA (Andrew Chalk &
Darren Tate). More obscure sounds on this release, special artwork inlay with
leaves and seeds. It's the dance of the amoebas and fantoms, of naga-spirits of
water, the subtle noise of crystals and fossils in their slow movements, and of
the the sound of buds that blunt the earth or the subliminal sounds of invisible
existence that live in terrestrial spheres.
is something incredibly secular about the tones of this album. A dominance of
earth and water sounds, with sedate organ chords pulled away for miles along a
thing silvery cord. The influence of mr. Chalk is quite evident in the choice of
environmental extracts, sounds that are strong and yet unspecific, a
half-painted canvas. It makes its own in your head, evoking the feeling of
deja vu with noticably insufficient cause. One of these days i'll sleep through
the night to it, with the hope that i'll wake up somewhere i recognize. I found
this as a used disc and have seen it elsewhere in its shrinky wrap, so be
encouragad when you seek.
Lush ambient textures and natural sounds. This CD
includes one collaborative piece, two pieces by Ora alone, and four shorter Alio
Die pieces. This collaboration between Alio Die and Ora (here Andrew Chalk and
Darren Tate) is a beautiful shimmering synthesis of dark ambience and organic
Giuseppe Verticchio / Oltre il Suono
this album we can find 4 tracks by Alio Die, 2 tracks by Ora, and one
collaboration track between the two projects.
had listened to a part of this CD before when I was recently meeting with Alio
Die and I have known for a long time Ora, an English group with Darren Tate and
ex-Organum Andrew Chalk. But this collaboration between primitive minds (in the
positive way) come new, sure rich of the experience of the digital sound. In
this artists' music, a perfect balance of tune and a rich clean of the sonorous
front are indispensable: only in this way is assured at the listener the
necessary concentration for plunged in the sound. Alio Die starts with an
incredible deep track,characterized by tonare percussions and threathing, sure
something different and far from their usual sweetness. The titles can explain...
After come Ora with a long and marvelous "Approach to zero", a
20 min.ceremony full of magic rumours and roar with "Bestiole nascoste
tra il muschio e le alghe": again dark percussions in far water layer,with
submissive development,on an oriental melody that plunder the sleep and nevers
go away. Dear Alio Die where go your music? Towards the darkness of the
underworld? or towards the lands of "The door of possibilities",
the track that more than others in this record can show us the way to Orion? A
sing song simple and sublime, an invocation to the not revealed world, a breathe
of extreme pure in an armonic structure towards the infinite. The dark come
again in the track with Ora, with other 20 min. of nightmare, tin tin,
Amazzonian flute, drones, voice of the spirit & sibils, with peyote in the
body to destroy the frontiers of the consciousness. It's time for another
invocation (Stonevoice) and then "Autumn cove", again Ora with
12 visionary min. with slow movements,a static close, from the "ritua"
to "avantgarde". A great record.
Gianluigi Gasparetti / Audioview feb.1995
ALIO DIE, c'est Stefano Musso, magicien des sons, et animateur de ce fameux
label italien Hic Sunt Leones. ORA, c'est Darren Tate et Andrew Chalk, ce
dernier nous venant tout droit d'Organum. Que dire sinon que l'on sort
litteralement envouté de cette ecoute. L'elément liquide est fortement present
au fil des titres, apportant la quiétude du ressac de la mer, l'apaisement
ressenti a l'ecoute du doux ecoulement d'une rivière.
Le développement des pièces est lent et organique, superposant nappes de sons naturels et de synthèses d'une maniere presque pointilliste, mais ou jamais rien n'est superflu. Un ceuvre magnifique et poetique! Cette "Porte des possibilités" vous ouvrira les portes d'un univers insoupconné, celui de la perception absolue de rèves engourdis.
Revue et Corrigeée / Patrick Vancayezeele dec.1994