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The Hidden Spring


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In Mean Time 02:38
Amniotic Pot 06:21
Internal Top 13:05


Hidden Spring is the first chapter of a seminal ambient trilogy written by Stefano Musso. The schemas of composition based on vibrant droning chords, concrete sounds and omnious-dreamy like synthesized sections are once again well exposed. However these enchanting ambient pieces have never been so profound, serene and haunted. Hidden Spring certainly figure among the best Alio Die efforts. The two first compositions open with rising epiphanic ambiences including epic-majestic burgeonning drones and discreet percussive scintillations. Track 3 is an enigmatic-nocturnal-sacred piece based on repetition and abstract exotica. Track 4 is a tranquil-meditative subaquatic piece. Track 5 improves the sound with a sort of kosmische aura. The rest of the album is just as mesmerising as the previous pieces: Ultra hypnotic, ritual and transcendant electronic epics. Seriously at the top of emotional-spiritual, semi-acoustic ambient music with what Harold Budd, Steve Roach have the best to offer. Spaced out, peaceful harmonies, an eerie trip without being new agey.


released September 12, 2008

Composed and recorded by Stefano Musso between 1993 and 1997
Remixed and remastered on Pro Tools june 1997
Stefano Musso: Samples, textures and drones,
sound sources, bamboo, shells, cymbals, voice.
Stephan Knappe (Maeror Tri):
Gong and treatments on Track 9.
Tracks 1,6 and 7 taken from the tape
"Fragment 5", N.D. Texas.
Track 2 taken from the mini-cd "The flight of real image"
Hic Sunt Leones Italy.
Track 8 taken from the cd compilation "Twilight Earth"
Timebase Germany.
Track 10 from cd compilation "The promises of silence"
Hic Sunt Leones Italy.

Cover Paintings by Joseph Uccello


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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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