Tempus Rei


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Liquid Faith The second album in Alio Die's Castle Trilogy. While the other two albums deal with ancient choral movements and ambiance,this album deals with ancient instruments mixed and looped in typical wondrous Die style. It's an amazing trilogy, and this album fits perfectly into the middle. A great album. A great trilogy. A great artist.
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Brian Bourassa The second of the of Castles Sonorisation's Series, Tempus Rei is a fantastic and delightful journey of such astounding variety, with the juxtaposition of textural elements that will continue to amaze your auditory awareness with each successive listen.
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Tempus Rei is further evidence that the ambient artist known as Alio Die is in fact the reincarnation of a very old soul, probably from the High Middle Ages dovetailing into the Renaissance.

The matter-of-fact list of devices used to make this extraordinary album - "drones and loops, zither and field recordings" - reveals nothing about the depth and mystery of the two, half-hour long pieces.Stating however as the artist does that it was "celebrated", rather than created, speaks volumes.

The first piece features a leitmotif so inherently beguiling that I feel sad and disappointed when it disappears. Happily, a few minutes into the second offering, it slowly reemerges. The entire album is redolent of old, musty wooden beams and fusty, book-lined rooms, as entire collections of ancient instruments appear to have been sampled and woven into this irresistibly captivating tapestry.

As an added temporal twist, the entire recording features its own,discreet background track of rainy, current-day street sounds, tires whishing by on wet pavement, a heavy, gusting wind casting raindrops at the window.

One of the most understated and yet most powerful of Alio Die´s many unforgettable works.
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released February 11, 2015

Celebrated by Stefano Musso
in 2007 - 2008 at Temple Studio, Milan.

Alio Die: drones and loops, zither, field recordings.

Cover photos by Edoardo Caputo
Artwork by Hic Sunt Leones

Tempus Rei is the second chapter of
Castles Sonorisation's Series



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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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