Alio Die and Aglaia, in their collaborations, manage to create the union between land and air. The suspended flights of Aglaia always find mysterious lands on which to glide (Monte analogo). In this album when Alio Die suggests ancient motifs Aglaia transports them close to pure electronic flows (Celestial stream). Some traces (New form of elementals, The first step depends on the last) are so enchanted that they can not be placed anywhere else, only between past and future, in a present exclusively contained by the transcendent sound ritual, a key-sound, strongly desired and present in the space of this new album.
Alio Die knows the sound and this album is an acoustic cathedral, but it could also be the sound of an ancient forest or what is more pure has survived or escaped the implacable vortices of space-time. A pure, charming, superlative album, where Alio Die opens passages, planing, flying through. There is no uncertainty, no swelling, no cracking, the sounds emerge, appear and disappear within a solid soundtrack. Thanks to such dilated sounds the listener sees in the distance. It looks like through a crystal sphere, the trained ear reads messages that Alio Die has received from other worlds thanks to an accustomed sensitivity now capturing in every sound event the sacred and essential.
Electronic legends and like-minded drone masters Alio Die (born Stefano Musso) and Mathias Grassow conspired to create one of 2003's finest ambient releases. Expanding Horizons, a double-CD set, features deep drones, smooth samples, gentle rhythms, and subtle melodies. Die recorded his basic tracks in '99. Grassow added his touches and arranged and mixed the final master in '01 and '02. Klaus Wiese (singing bowls, zither, Indian strings) and Carsten Agthe (percussion) added their expertise as well. So, these discs feature three of the greatest drone artists ever - Grassow, Die and Wiese…
A digital introduction to the analog world of Drone Records featuring a small sampling of wondrous sounds from this ongoing series of limited, lovingly hand assembled 7-inch singles. You get the goods from Maeror Tri, Dual, Ultra United, Aube, Toy Bozzare, and others.
This new version by the greatly-gifted young Hungarian pianist Zoltan Kocsis, again vindicates the contention that The Art of Fugue makes its best effect as a keyboard work, even if on a modern piano. For Kocsis Bach's intellectual and technical demands seem to pose no problems: his exposition of the polyphonic conversation, whether, two, three or four participants are involved, is always admirably lucid and enables each voice to have its say. This is no doubt helped by the rather dry quality of the Hungaroton/ Philips recording on LP (the CD is appreciably fuller and brighter), and by Kocsis's very discreet use of the sustaining pedal.