MARGEN winter/spring 2002 Interview by Rogelio Pereira <
listeners define Alio Die´s music as ambient-trance. To what extent is Alio Die´s
music based on altered states of consciousness?
Die's music is connected with states of consciousness, this it mean that my
effort is create a sound that find a relation with consciousness : about the
perception of reality ,on the different spheres.The composition process become
one with the experience with sounds ,looking to the perfect combination at the
present moment, between sounds and the focus :the inner vision,the inspiration.altered
ones, when are relation between men and different plants, are
interesting to me in the way to give possibility to open minds to more
consciousness about life, reality and spiritual world.
use of sampler gives a magic, spiritual dimension to your music. Most of the
material you produce comes from acoustic sources treated through studio
techniques. The sampler is an indispensable tool by means of which you carry out
loop techniques, amongst others. Furthermore there is the artificial creation of
acoustic spaces by means of digital effects devices for signal delay, such as
reverb delay of chorus, with which you creates at sense of the existence of
several performers playing the same line... How do you conceive and carry out
the structuring process of the pieces? Do you let yourselves be carried away by
your own instinct?
process is always changing becoming more accurate but simple at the same time.
My first compositions were more instinctive , as for the limits of the
technologies I was able to use at that time, aside from my less experience with
recording / sampling. I observe myself being provoked by music while making it.
The best mood for starting to compose music is one which can be both an empty
and active state at the same time, producing the right contraposition between
creativity and receptivity.
conception of harmonies and ambiences shape music and noise which merge in a
whole, forming a turbid balance between daydream and nightmare. Do you think
that, through this transformation, the human being reaches sensations which are,
somehow, premonitory and which help to channel our body´s inner energy?
give inspiration,great inspiration under the course of time create sure some
transformation, Material world is strictly connected to the spiritual one and
all the thoughts we put around become ingredients we build our own reality throw
the time of our life. Sometimes music give us the occasion for a deep relaxing
and meditation,and this is a first necessity in these chaotic times!
and computers could be very interesting today in the way to create music, or for
multi-tracks recording. It give you a lot of possibility to experiments ideas
and creativity, the problem is use all this stuff without lost yourself or your
ispiration,in a manual ,but when you are really able to work with, it give you a
your formation in 1989, you have followed a philosophy and a coherence regarding
the conception of your works. All of them keep a radical stance. You are a group
of artists who do the visual works, the instruments, tittles, music... A working
team who know what they want and who have influenced or have been a reference
for other artists. How do you feel when somebody mentions you as an influence?
you, I feel happy and honoured .
important are mythology, anthropology and philosophy for you?
interestins things. About music I'm listening a lot of traditional music, from
over the world , expecially India, Indonesia, Mali... there is an ocean of
inspiration inside trad. music!
plan to make more concert in the future with more improvised components , more
live manipulation of acoustic sounds.But it is a totally different work than
recording session in the studio. I've already done some concerts some years ago.
Some took place in unique locations such as castles. Two of these were with TUU.
The live shows were supported by video. Three of the tracks were taken from
"The Door Of Possibilities", very nicely placed into the
"soft" flow of the video. We shot, often in macro, natural objects as
stones, reflections, water, sunbeams, etc., which we used to build a single
flowing play of trasparencies and colours. Even the more recognizable pictures
have become abstract, trying to get closer to a dream language.
is your opinion of sound spacialization? What would it be the ideal way of
listening to your music?
Oh, pehaps this is your vision of the concerts I'll able to perform in the next
sure, sometime the idea to collaborate grow from a mutual esteem as our music is
close in focus but different in the language, than in a collaboration project we
feel always interesting to create a special meeting playng in different areas of
sounds. Working with these musicians in the last 5 years gived me a good
esperience in the recording session,and familiarity with different composition
possibilities.There's also a project called Solo Traslatio a collaboration with
Matteo Zini (Opium) our last CD 'Mother Sunrise' is out the US label
Hypnos. You can find very good review at: www.hypnos.com/rev-st.htm . Our first
CD out on Eibon Rec./HSL is called 'Ad Infinitum' and incorporates
ambients elements and a darker atmosphere than that of my latest works.The
Second CD with Antonio Testa 'Prayer for the forest' will be out later
this here on the american label Greenhouse Music. 'Apsaras' the CD collaboration
with Amelia Cuni will be out in September on Projekt (Usa). Amelia Cuni has
established herself as exponent of dhrupad singing. This is the most ancient and
inspirational of musics from North India. Born in the temples during the 15th
century, dhrupad became the court music of the Mughals. It is considered to be
the foundation of Hindustani music. Meditative and lyrical sections alternate
with more extroverted rhythmic improvisations, creating an introspective music
that is at the same time earthy and vital. Amelia has realized several CDs and
successful live collaborations (with the likes of Terry Riley, David Toop, Paul
Schuetze etc). Some of the recordings for Apsaras were made nearby the clear
streams and rivers of Lunigiana, a rather wild area in the Toscana, Italy. Here,
Amelia is singing to the accompaniment of rushing water and cicada-drones. In
the studio, I've manipulated the voice and built rich, layered textures using
acoustic and environmental sounds.
regards the distribution of your CD´s, do you feel that being linked to a
independent label like Hic Sunt Leones. Gives you security as to the sales of
your releases, not having to worry about the job of private production, which,
on the other hand, very few artists can afford. What do you think about all this?
What does self production through CD Rom? What are conditions for becoming
member of the Hic Sunt Leones artists catalogue?
Sunt Leones is my private release label, I 've produced my albums and distribute
them around the world, but for the collaborations projects I've preferred to
give the production of our works on different labels: Hypnos, Greenhouse, Projekt,
Musica Maxima Magnetica, Release. This for obtain a better promotion than I can do, with Hic Sunt
Leones. I still
will release CDs on HSL but mostly about Alio Die, perhaps special editions like
'Incantamento' and 'The Door of Possibilities' with seeds and leaves inside...