Exposé Online banner

Alio Die & Lorenzo Montanà — Holographic Codex
(Projekt 311, 2015, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2015-03-01

Holographic Codex Cover art

Alio Die is the name of the soundscape / droning project of Italian composer and musician Stefano Musso, covered often in the pages of Exposé, and now as well on our site, with well in excess of 60 releases to his credit, many in collaboration with others. Lorenzo Montanà is an Italian soundtrack composer and producer mostly working in electronic, ambient, and related genres, with numerous scores to his credit. Holographic Codex marks the first time that the two have collaborated, and as one might expect with the backgrounds of both, the listener is in for an evolutionary journey across dronescapes of mystical shimmering beauty, occasionally fused with subtle beats and inundated with blissful textures at every turn. For their parts, Montanà is credited with piano, electronics, echo strings, and effects, while Alio Die is credited with drones and loops, zither, treatments, and field recordings, though trying to analyze how these magical sounds and textures are made may ultimately prove futile, being better left as a mystery. There are some clear trance-like voices – no doubt sourced from those field recordings – at various points along this 63-minute journey, which is presented as seven discrete tracks, a couple breaking the 15-minute mark. This is one of those discs the listener can put on and play in repeat mode for hours on end, getting lost in the world that it creates, while subtle nuances in the shifting and drifting structures and textures reveal themselves with each new listen.


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Alio Die (Stefano Musso)

Latest news

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

2018-02-26
Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Eleanor Hovda - Coastal Traces – Hovda is an important, yet little known composer who has been active on the contemporary music scene for over twenty years, mostly through live performances, scores for dance companies (of which...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues