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Aquam Metallicam


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Regio Lucis 09:58
Turba 02:03
Marcasites 06:40
Silent Dew 02:45
Nitre 08:13
Lixivium 03:29


Aquam Metellicam
Percussions, shells, rattles, a psaltery played with the bow, samples, all then processed at Lunae Studio by Stefano Musso on Pro Tools. Here is the new fruitful collaboration between Alio Die and Nick Parkin (Tuu, Stillpoint). Here is the title of a metallic resonon of stones and elements between the mineral and the organic, a new swarming micro universe that pulsates and beats under a seemingly silent blanket. Silent Dew is the breath of restlessness, Nitre is subtle vibratory motion, the rest is sidereal journey equally divided between water moods (Alio Die after "Fissures" seems to have introjected the world "glurp" by Robert Rich) and metallic tinkling. "AquamMetallicam" in fact, not just "ambient".
Gino Dal Soler / Blow Up

In this collaboration, both musicians get a very interesting work based on the energy of the elements(light, fire, water, ...), similar to a journey in a world of vibrations through different notes and atmospheres. Stefano Musso contributes with his special ability to create ambient, magical and ritual music, handling different electronic and ethnic/natural instruments. The title of the album, “Aquam Metallicam” (Metallic Water), shows signs of the general concept of this work perfectly. Moreover, this track recalls landscapes of heavy water beating on emptiness, in the same way that other “aquatic” tracks like “Turba” or“Silent dew”, this last being a nice composition that reminds of a cold andrainy sunrise. But the light is also present on this album: the introduction called “Regio Lucis” (Light’s region), refers to the power of the sunlight.During ten minutes, this introduction evokes a sea of tranquillity, combining rising and descending sounds and effects, ending in a total hypnotic trance, an outstanding moment in this CD that reminds us to other works of ALIO DIE.


released July 10, 2018

Alio Die: Samples, percussion, shells, rattles, effects processing.

Nick Parkin: Bowed, psaltery, percussions, samples.

Composed, recorded, mixed and produced by Stefano Musso and Nick Parkin on Pro Tools, October 2000 at Lunae Studio, Lunigiana - Italy.

Executive Production: Luciano Dari.
Photos on page 2,3,4 & back by Paul Trocha, New York.
Cover photo by Gerardo Battista.
Seed photo and artwork by Stefano Musso.


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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.
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