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The otherworldly swirl of Sunja is potent, making this one of the best ritual-ambient discs I've heard in the last few years. Such simple elements create a work of staggering power--I'm duly impressed with this material and give it my highest recommendation.

"The Gates Are Open" is a wonderfully tranced out dronescape of harmonic khen and accordion (processed, of course) with zither ruminations by Musso that resemble the triumphant El-Hadra album by Klaus Wiese, Mathias Grassow, and Ted De Jong. This is a half-hour of first rate ambient music; the type of stuff that ushers you into a dream state of bright sun and the odors of nature and forestland. Strange bird calls pierce the veil of ambience every once in a while, gently bringing you out of reverie, only to lapse back in just as gently. The different flavors of this track are intense;it's beautifully paced, never seeming too long, allowing you to bask in its glow until the next track. It's hard to believe, but "At the Threshold of Sunja"is even longer and more intense. The sound elements are the same, but are used less sparingly to create a sensual dream-reality.

Brian Bieniowski


released March 21, 2003

Basic acoustic recordings were improvised during a warm night
in late summer 2002 at Lunae Studio, Tuscany.
Edited and mixed in spring 2003 at Temple Studio, Milano.

Stefano Musso: zither, samples and loops, buzzer, field recordings.

Tommaso Cimo': khen (mouth organ), accordion, rattles, bird calls, bells.

Mastered on Pro Tools in May 2003.
Artwork and compositions by Hic Sunt Leones.

All pieces copyright BMI 2003


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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 the music's vague, entropic formlessness.
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