Alio Die

Real Name:
Stefano Musso
Stefano Musso studied art and electronics in his home town of Milan, Italy, and began performing ambient-electronic music under the name Alio Die in 1989. Characterized by evocative acoustic sounds manipulated and tendered electronically, Alio Die's work builds intimate soundscapes tied to the mystery and majesty of life and nature. His CD "Under an Holy Ritual", released on Projekt in 1992, was received with international acclaim. He subsequently released more than 20 CDs, and collaborated with many well-known artists such as Robert Rich, Vidna Obmana, Mathias Grassow, Nick Parkin, Yannick Dauby, Amelia Cuni, Raffaele Serra, Ora, Antonio Testa.
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HSL 00 Alio Die - Sit Tibi Terra Levis album art Alio Die & Opus Vix Inchoatum Alio Die & Opus Vix Inchoatum - Sit Tibi Terra Levis(Cass, Ltd, Num) Hic Sunt Leones HSL 00 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
HSL 01 Alio Die - Introspective album art Alio Die Introspective(Cass, Ltd, Num) Hic Sunt Leones HSL 01 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
002 Alio Die - Under An Holy Ritual album art Alio Die Under An Holy Ritual (Album) Hic Sunt Leones 002 Italy 1992 Sell This Version
HSL 006 Alio Die - The Door Of Possibilities album art Alio DieOra Alio DieOra - The Door Of Possibilities (Album) Hic Sunt Leones HSL 006 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
MR 01 Alio Die - From The Depth album art Mortar / Alio Die Mortar / Alio Die - From The Depth(Cass, Ltd, C45) Murder Release MR 01 Italy 1995 Sell This Version
A9602 Alio Die - Suspended Feathers album art Alio Die Suspended Feathers (Album) Aqua A9602 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
11076-2 Alio Die - Fissures album art Robert Rich | Alio Die Robert Rich | Alio Die - Fissures (Album) Fathom 11076-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
Crowded13, CCA013 Alio Die - Healing Herb's Spirit album art Antonio Testa >< Alio Die Antonio Testa >< Alio Die - Healing Herb's Spirit(CD, Album) Crowd Control Activities, Crowd Control Activities Crowded13, CCA013 US 1999 Sell This Version
HSL 016 Alio Die - Le Stanze Della Trascendenza album art Alio Die Le Stanze Della Trascendenza(CD, Album) Hic Sunt Leones HSL 016 Italy 1999 Sell This Version
eee 41 Alio Die - Echo Passage album art Vidna Obmana >< Alio Die Vidna Obmana >< Alio Die - Echo Passage (Album) Musica Maxima Magnetica eee 41 Italy 2000 Sell This Version
EEE 42 Alio Die - Aquam Metallicam album art Alio Die & Nick Parkin Alio Die & Nick Parkin - Aquam Metallicam(CD, Album) Musica Maxima Magnetica EEE 42 Italy 2000 Sell This Version
PROJEKT126 Alio Die - Apsaras album art Alio Die & Amelia Cuni Alio Die & Amelia Cuni - Apsaras (Album) Projekt PROJEKT126 US 2001 Sell This Version
HSL 019 Alio Die - Leaves Net album art Alio Die Leaves Net(CD, Album) Hic Sunt Leones HSL 019 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
HSL 018 Alio Die - Incantamento album art Alio Die Incantamento(CD, Album) Hic Sunt Leones HSL 018 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
WAX00V Alio Die - Expanding Horizon album art Mathias Grassow & Alio Die Mathias Grassow & Alio Die - Expanding Horizon (Album) Weird Amplexus WAX00V Italy 2002 Sell This Version
GHM.02.01 Alio Die - Prayer For The Forest album art Antonio Testa > < Alio Die Antonio Testa > < Alio Die - Prayer For The Forest(CD, Album) GreenHouseMusic GHM.02.01 US 2002 Sell This Version
HSL026 Alio Die - The Sleep Of Seeds album art Alio Die & Saffron Wood Alio Die & Saffron Wood - The Sleep Of Seeds (Album) Hic Sunt Leones HSL026 Italy 2003 Sell This Version
HSL025 Alio Die - Khen Introduce Silence album art Alio Die Khen Introduce Silence (Album) Hic Sunt Leones HSL025 Italy 2003 Sell This Version
HSL 024 Alio Die - Sunja album art Alio Die & Zeit Alio Die & Zeit - Sunja (Album) Hic Sunt Leones HSL 024 Italy 2003 Sell This Version
HSL023 Alio Die - Il Tempo Magico Di Saturnia Pavonia album art Alio Die Il Tempo Magico Di Saturnia Pavonia(CD, Album) Hic Sunt Leones HSL023 Italy 2003 Sell This Version
HSL 027 Alio Die - Angel's Fly Souvenir album art Alio Die & Francesco Paladino Alio Die & Francesco Paladino - Angel's Fly Souvenir(CD, Album) Hic Sunt Leones HSL 027 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
HSL 021 Alio Die - Sol Niger album art Alio Die Sol Niger(CD, Album) Hic Sunt Leones HSL 021 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
HSL 030 Alio Die - Il Sogno Di Un Piano Veneziano A Parigi album art Alio Die & Festina Lente Alio Die & Festina Lente - Il Sogno Di Un Piano Veneziano A Parigi(CD, Album) Hic Sunt Leones HSL 030 Italy 2005 Sell This Version
HSL 029 Alio Die - Aqua Planing album art Werner Durand & Alio Die Werner Durand & Alio Die - Aqua Planing(CD, Album) Hic Sunt Leones HSL 029 Italy 2005 Sell This Version
PROJEKT167 Alio Die - Mei-Jyu album art Alio Die & Jack Or Jive Alio Die & Jack Or Jive - Mei-Jyu(CD, Album) Projekt PROJEKT167 US 2005 Sell This Version

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November 30, 2020
Surely the artist that makes me feel that i'm living


June 17, 2017
edited over 5 years ago
Together with Klaus Wiese, Stefano Musso is truly the most important organic ambient artist. Whereas Wiese focused more on the Eastern esoteric Traditions like Sufism, Advaita Vedanta and Tibetan Buddhism, Musso seems to embody the Western esoteric Traditions like Pythagoreanism, Platonism and Hermeticism. Listening to Klaus Wiese is deep meditation, a sound yoga reaching the immanent non dualism of Brahman, listening to Alio Die is a prayer, a methexis and ascension to the transcendental Platonic Forms.


May 10, 2010
Alio Die is an amorphous amalgamation of aural badassery. Ambient music (and electronic-based music in general) gets a bad rap for being talentless; for letting the "machines" do the work. But then, what is music if not sound organized to effect the psyche? Playing notes on a classical guitar or piano is not enough to be convincing, in and of itself. What makes a great performer is one's attention to the dynamics: and that's what artists such as Tetsu Inoue, Robert Rich, or Alio Die, focus on. Consider them sculptors of sound.

What makes his works glow is his attention to detail. There is always something changing -- maybe something in the background that came to the foreground slowly and got toyed with... maybe a very slow addition of a bagpipe instrument or stringed instrument. Despite how "repetitive" some of the actual "notes" or "samples" are, they never SEEM that way due to constant modulation, addition of atmospheric noise, and re-contextualization.

Apsaras is a godsend of an album. Loving classical Indian music, I'd longed to hear an Indian vocalist sing in an ambient context -- where the drone wasn't upheld solely by harmoniums or tampura, and where the approach wasn't the pompousness & tawdry love affairs of Bollywood. Not only is the vocalist's voice wonderful, but 6 different contexts of her voice with Alio Die as the backdrop.

Tempus Rei & Aura Seminalis were the first two I found that got me hooked. The feel of both these albums is very trans-chronological. Both albums develop, without any specific direction. Aura Seminalis has a historical religious feel -- a basis in Gregorian-style chants, but not in an obvious or domineering way. Tempus Rei has a supernatural orchestral feel, with an odd sense of time -- as if two string trios are in a cave playing some piece of short music slowly; one trio playing it normally, the other playing it in reverse.

Eleusian Lullaby is another great album with a kind of polyphonic feel. There is much in the way of natural, organic instrumentation here, where much of the ambience is derived from delay, echo, sustain. Femme vocals are beautifully done; there are some gongs/bells, some strings (dulcimer & harp?), and mbira. Plenty of atmosphere here as well; sometimes the vocals are the vocals, sometimes just one aspect of the sonic tapestry.

Any of his works I can recommend to audiophiles. Even if you're new to this type of music, I think one can have an enjoyable experience with Alio Die's works. Give the sound your sole attention, and hold no expectations for it to go anywhere or do anything. Let it take you where it will.


December 2, 2005
edited over 17 years ago
One of the most unique and unparalled ambient musicians producing today. It's safe to say that Alio Die was so far ahead of his time, and yet so ancient-seeming in his sonic atmospheres, that he's only just inspiring imitators recently (Sostrah Tinnitus, Oöphoi).

Each of his albums is different and yet somehow part of a larger macro-world of ambient ritual sound. For the beginner, I recommend "Suspended Feathers," "Password for Entheogenic Experience," and "Leaves Net," for a good taster of the various moods of Alio Die.

I've got all of his material and I never tire of it, as prolific as he is.

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