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Il sogno di un piano veneziano a Parigi

by Alio Die & Festina Lente

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With Il Sogno di un Piano Veneziano a Parigi Alio Die and Festina Lente creates together a place of the memory where the past rest with a filmy nostalgia.. it is a dramatically joint that finally extinguish itself to the become.. there at the border where the personal moment ends, and the taste of an impersonal experience starts, with a longer breath.
Like life belongs to the cosmos, and time belongs to the seasons.

After a long friendship a pianoforte met a zither, their incorporating sounds brought on wings of an ancient and lully dream, in foggy layers of impalpable feelings and in a wayward journey towards the inland.
The field recordings were collected in Paris, East-Asia, and America by Alio Die, Kim SonJa and Francesco Paladino such as rituals, animals, objects and spontaneous voices in the street... surround and conduce towards parallel worlds.
The ambient tracks are alternated with more intense and obscure moments, without breaking the solution of the continuum, through the organic elaborations of the sound's dye... loops of notes and silences, subtle presences of the field recordings that spy both: mankind and nature… So the treated piano and the nipped and scrubbed cords, the voices and noises, the resonances of metals...calls back the memory's body, that comes to the surface with great glangour.
Dissolvent bright and dark colours, putting voices together to a poetical inspiration and a glamorous and precise lyricism of the entire inside.

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released May 19, 2016

Improvvisations celebrated on 25 january 2003 with zither and piano
by Alio Die and Festina Lente.

Michele Brieda: piano, prepared piano, toy bell, metal istallations.

Alio Die: zither, shells and seeds rattles,
effects and loops, editing, field recordings
(on track 01 - metropolitan, streets, Pompidou's fountains - Paris september 2001
on track 03 - insect's last voice in a spidernet).

Composed and performed by Stefano Musso (BMI) and Michele Brieda
between 2003 and 2004 at Blue Studio, Venice and Temple Studio, Milan.
Mastered on Pro Tools at Temple Studio, Milan april 2005.

Special thanks to:
Sonia Kim for field recordings on track 01, 03 and 04
recorded in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Malaysia
(between 1998 and 2000), sound by photograph machine.


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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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