Celebrated and played in 2006-2007 at Temple Studio, Milan, Italy.
First part of the Castles Sonorisation's Series (second part - Tempus Rei, third part - Horas Tibi Serenas)
released February 6, 2015
This latest release in a recent outpouring of creativity from Italy ’s master of organic drones is possibly the most unique in this artist’s long career as a sound sculptor. While most of his recent releases on his own Hic Sunt Leones label have been collaborations, this is his first solo effort since the release of the 10 inch vinyl Aurea Hora. As the elaborate Renaissance style artwork on the cover suggests, this music points in the direction of a more “classical”sound in so far as the utilization of Gregorian style chants. These are successfully incorporated into Musso’s customary drones comprised of field recordings, acoustic instruments, and electronic processing, giving this disc a particularly reverent ambience. Don’t think Enigma or Delerium, because as one listens to this they may be inclined to bow their head and meditate or pray rather than nod or chill. I imagine that if today’s sound recording abilities were available during those times evoked by the artwork or chants, they too would have then added the organic elements that Alio Die does, creating a balance of both the heavenly and the earthbound. Fans of his music may or may not find this approach a departure from what they are accustomed to, but it is certain that this artist is going beyond his previous huge body of work to encompass a broader sonic palette.
Pauldient / Discogs.com
The music spawns between two long suites, "Sine Tempore" and "Aura Seminalis", evocative soundscapes which, in comparison to Stefano's huge previous discography, reveal a rather new approach: the sound is, indeed, still cosmic and ethereal, yet already in the second track some inserts of Gregorian-like chants appear on the sceen, boosting the general aura of holiness and trascendence. The spirit of the German cosmic couriers still flows among Alio Die's drones, recalling memories of Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra, but without any nostalgic or retro feeling, just showing how to blend the musical and cultural past into new forms of great charm. It's almost a close encounter of kosmische musik and Renaissance scores.
"Aura Seminalis" is very recommended as soundtrack for meditation, solitude, reading, and, in general, every activity shunning this society of chaos and noise.
- Simone V./ www.filthforge.altervista.org
Auf AURA SEMINALIS verwendet ALIO DIE vokales und chorales Material, welches elektronisch verfremdet oder mit elektronischen Effekten angereichert wird. Dabei entstehen zwei lange Stücke von unglaublicher Emotionalität und Tiefe, frei fliessend & sanft wirbelnd um imaginäre Zentren....Die sakralen Choräle verschmelzen auf eine einmalige Art und Weise mit akustisch-elektronischen Sound,
vielleicht das beste ALIO DIE -Album bisher, auf jeden Fall aufregend anders als vorherige Arbeiten !