In the enigmatic Aqua Planing, Werner Durand and Alio Die create a sonorous,powerful, impervious space; sometimes liquid, subtly endearing. A meeting of mysterious sounds, both improvised and organised, of the traditional and self-made wind- instruments and their hybrids by Werner Durand (persian and circular water ney, circular clarinet,khen, prepared shakuhachi) with the editing, loops and enviromental recordings by Alio Die. As in the title track, where they recorded the sound of the wind blowing on the edge of a PVCtube sticking out of thecar window, while driving on an italian highway and mixed it with the sound of the ocean, filtered acoustically by the very same PVC tube, or the noise of a night train, the church bells in a mountain village, the musicians cause you to loose tracks of home and move towards purely surreal places.Their performance is always rigorous, the accurate tunings accuracy and special timbres of Werner Durand`s playing settled in the peculiar atmospheres created by Alio Die evoke unique interwoven listening spaces, rich with hues and shades,continuously evolving.
released August 7, 2020
Field Recording [Field Recording In Koh Phi Phi, Thailand], Loops, Drum [Scraping Drum] – Alio Die
Ney [Persian], Clarinet [Circular], Wind [Other Home-made Instruments] – Werner Durand
2 Night Train To Bangkok
Field Recording [Field Recording: In The Bed Of A Night Train, Thailand, January 2000] – Alio Die
Khene [Khen] – Werner Durand
3 Aqua Planing
Ney [Circular Water, Prepared], Shakuhachi [Prepared], Engineer [Tube Drone Recording] – Werner Durand
Performer [Tube Drone - Pilot On The Highway From Aulla To Parma], Recorded By [Filtered Ocean] – Alio Die
4 La Grotta Nella Valle Dimenticata
Field Recording [Ambient Recordings At Koh Phi Phi], Loops [Khen] – Alio Die
Khene [Khen], Wind [Homemade], Recorded By [Treated Ambient Recordings In Val Resia, Italy] – Werner Durand
Loops [Tubes, Zither], Field Recording [Field Recording: Nightforest, Thailand] – Alio Die
Ney [Persian] – Werner Durand
Composed and performed between 1998 and 2005 at Lunae Studio, Tuscany and at Haveli Studio, Berlin.
Mastered on Pro Tools at Temple Studio, Milano, April 2005.
Since the late 80s, Stefano Musso has recorded deep, evocative experimental ambient & electro-acoustic soundscapes under the
name Alio Die.
His music is a shadowy, cavernous, intensely detailed fusion of acoustical elements, step-and-repeat sample treatments, sparse, echoing percussion, and deep, atmospheric sound design, textural passages..by the music's vague, entropic formlessness....more
Right from the first sound you hear, to the last note - this album will transport you to a natural place. I cannot put into words how this album has been such a huge help. It’s like a friend now - like someone who is always there. An amazing album that everyone should own. Thanks so much, Robert. darkstarr666