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Brian Bourassa This, the third collaboration between Alio Die and Opium strays a bit from the melodic meanderings of the previous two works by adding mysterious passages and desolate, disturbing wind sounds. This, in effect, introduces you to a perplexing soundscape that carries you to truly bizarre new worlds.
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Enigma is the third collaborative CD by Opium and Alio Die. Here the duo present mystifying a series of eight "imaginary landscapes" where beats are totally absent and musical structure is loose and meandering. The atmospheres are frequently disquieting, haunting and full of subtle perplexity.
Acoustic and organic sounds are embedded deep within hazy drone textures, the artists employing drones and loops, zither, flutes bells and field recordings with Opium focusing on programming and wave editings. It must be said thought at the sounds produced by the items listed are not necessarily those you might expect, these guys are not into dainty melodies and sweet tunes.

Ambient environments thick with obscurity and ambiguity. The album opens with muted shufflings and reverberating disturbances - a sonic wind rising and falling in the background. Some sounds have a human origin indicative of mysterious presences. Much of the sound here is suggestive of 'found sound' as though harvested from sonorous spaces and unmusical activities. Plucked note sand droning tonal loops sometimes rise to the fore rolling in layers, the noiseof whirling tubes ghostly, fluctuating, bells and flutes hang in the air. Inmany places there is a dense sonic soup where undulating tonalities curl and revolve - mysterious effects drifting past the ear - aspects of harmony appearing incidental. Field recordings are woven into the sound, murmuring voices birds and water spectral elements in this land of enigmatic peculiarity.


released September 21, 2006

Composed and performed by
Teo Zini and Stefano Musso (©BMI), between 2003 and 2005
at Lovesupreme Studio and at Temple Studio, Milan.
Mastered on Pro Tools, Milano november 2005.

Opium: programming and wave editings.
Alio Die: drones and loops, zither, flutes, bells and field recordings.
Thanks to Festina Lente for piano’s sample on The Last Path.


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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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