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Alio Die | Parallel Worlds - Circo Divino (HSL055) Out Now!
« on: April 08, 2010, 10:03:45 AM »
HIC SUNT LEONES presents:

ALIO DIE | PARALLEL WORLDS  Circo Divino (HSL055 and HSL055LP)
CD - 6 side Digipack, 180gr VINYL.

This is the first collaboration by ambient master Alio Die with soundscape creator Parallel Worlds.
The unique sound achieved could be described as a hybrid sonic world, made out of bouncing electrons and air vibrations.
The modular machines of Parallel Worlds are merged with the acoustic instrumentation and drones of
Alio Die, joined by the ethereal voice of the Polish vocalist/composer India Czajkowska, resulting in a surreal, yet down to earth, listening experience.
The compositions, being, at times, minimal and calm and, at other times, full of mystical darkness and microsound elements, take the listener into a place were mental and physical boundaries have no need to exist.

The beautiful Digipack artwork is by the painter Romanie Sanchez.

Tracks:
1 Lost Fractales
2 Circo Divino
3 Nuvole di Palissandro
4 Sorinel
5 Electrostatic Forest
6 Slide of Grace

All tracks composed and produced by Bakis Sirros and Stefano Musso
(BMI) between 2008 and 2009, in Milan, Italy and Athens, Greece.

Parallel Worlds : Doepfer A100 modular, Serge Modular Music System, AS Integrator modular, Metalbox/CGS modular, modified Oberheim 4-Voice, modified EMS VCS3, String machines, Tape Echoes, Tone & CV generators, wave shapers and modifiers.

Alio Die: Drones and Loops, Zither, Carillon, Effects and Treatments.

Voice and effects on tracks 1,3,4 by India Czajkowska recorded in
Verezzi, Italy.

Mastering by Stefano Musso at Temple Studio, Milan.

Cover pictures by Romanie Sanchez
www.romanie.net

CD and Vinyl Limitation: 500 copies each

Please order at:
www.aliodie.com
www.parallel-worlds-music.com

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Re: Alio Die | Parallel Worlds - Circo Divino (HSL055) Out Soon!
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2010, 10:19:04 AM »
check for samples here;
http://www.junodownload.com/products/1559865-02.htm

didn't know what to think of this collaboration.. but it sounds terrific so far!
wondering if other Alio Die/HSL related stuff will be released simultaneously..??

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Re: Alio Die | Parallel Worlds - Circo Divino (HSL055) Out Soon!
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2010, 06:41:46 PM »
Very cool sounds. Look forward to it.


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Re: Alio Die | Parallel Worlds - Circo Divino (HSL055) Out Soon!
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2010, 12:20:41 AM »
check for samples here;
http://www.junodownload.com/products/1559865-02.htm

didn't know what to think of this collaboration.. but it sounds terrific so far!
wondering if other Alio Die/HSL related stuff will be released simultaneously..??

thanks!
as far as i know, Alio Die's new album "Horas Tibi Serenas" (HSL054) is also being released at the same time.

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Re: Alio Die | Parallel Worlds - Circo Divino (HSL055) Out Soon!
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2010, 08:18:16 AM »
YES, and the final and 3rd chapter of the Castle Sonorisation Series, Alio Die | Horas Tibi Serenas!
check here:

http://www.junodownload.com/products/1559864-02.htm

it sounds BEAUTIFUL!

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Re: Alio Die | Parallel Worlds - Circo Divino (HSL055) Out Soon!
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2010, 03:59:21 AM »
hello,

'Circo Divino' (HSL055LP) CD's and LP's are here and they look great!

if you want to order one, just contact me via:
www.parallel-worlds-music.com

or a PM.

or you can buy from Alio Die:
http://www.discogs.com/sell/list?release_id=2233735&ev=rb

thanks,
Bakis.

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Re: Alio Die | Parallel Worlds - Circo Divino (HSL055) Out Soon!
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2010, 02:22:12 AM »
to all people who ordered a vinyl or cd album:

the albums have been shipped!

to all the others:

come on, don't be shy, its modular synths on fresh Vinyl (or cd)!   :)

(for the gear-heads: this album is full of SERGE on every track)


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Re: Alio Die | Parallel Worlds - Circo Divino (HSL055) Out Now!
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2010, 01:14:32 PM »
I got a copy of Circo Divino yesterday from Bakis. It arrived very quickly from across the pond ( 6 days). I've listened to it twice now and really enjoy it. When I first read about it , I wasn't sure how it would work with such different musical styles. It works very well with Bakis and Stefano complimenting each other nicely. Beautiful digipack artwork! I highly recommend this release.
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Re: Alio Die | Parallel Worlds - Circo Divino (HSL055) Out Now!
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2010, 01:56:20 PM »
I got a copy of Circo Divino yesterday from Bakis. It arrived very quickly from across the pond ( 6 days). I've listened to it twice now and really enjoy it. When I first read about it , I wasn't sure how it would work with such different musical styles. It works very well with Bakis and Stefano complimenting each other nicely. Beautiful digipack artwork! I highly recommend this release.

glad you like it.    :)

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Re: Alio Die | Parallel Worlds - Circo Divino (HSL055) Out Now!
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2010, 03:59:33 AM »
another great review:

http://www.gothtronic.com/?page=23&reviews=7038

"On 'Circo Divino' the Greek Bakis Sirros (Parallel Worlds) and Italian Stefano Musso - who we know better then Alio Die - takes us on a journey through a clash of cultures. Whereas we know Alio Die mostly from his ethnic etherial ambient soundscapes, the two decided on incorporating those sounds with the modular synthetic sounds for which Bakis Sirros is know.

Pictures of the journey are depicted in six tracks where you travel from Greece to Italy in under an hour, or maybe it's a journey from an Arabian sunset to the factory outside town.

This one is quite hard to describe: In ethnic ambient there are just a few names which are way on top of everyone else, and Stefano Musso is one of them. And even though I hadn't heard his name before, my peers guarentee me that Bakis Sirros is an absolute master when it comes to modulair synthesis.

The album as a whole is very good, albeit in the genre of ethnic ritual ambience. For my personal taste the electronic sounds either got lost in the mix (which would be a shame) or they sound so amazingly organic that I can't tell the difference.

The grading would be 70 in the first case, 90 in the latter. For now 80 / 100 will emphasize it's class."

rating 8 out of 10.

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FYI: only 10 cd's are left in my stock.
after these are gone, you'll only be able to buy Vinyl from me.

thanks,
Bakis.



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Re: Alio Die | Parallel Worlds - Circo Divino (HSL055) Out Now!
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2010, 03:19:13 AM »
i am out of cd's now, only vinyls available from me.

come on, don't be afraid, Vinyl is Good!    8)

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Re: Alio Die | Parallel Worlds - Circo Divino (HSL055) Out Now!
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2010, 12:02:35 PM »
and more reviews:

from 'Arrhythmiasound' webmag (RU) :

http://www.arrhythmiasound.com/2010/05/alio-die-parallel-worlds-circo-divino.html

rating 5 out of 5

from 'Reflections Of Darkness' webmag (DE) :

http://www.reflectionsofdarkness.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7483&Itemid=44

rating 8 out of 10

from Electroambientspace webmag (US) :

Circo Divino is a collaboration between Stefano Musso (Alio Die) from Italy and Bakis Sirros (Parallel Worlds) from Greece. Musso’s organic ambience melds perfectly with Sirros’ electronic experimentation, actually sounding more like the former than the latter for the most part. The music is beautifully augmented by haunting vocals on three of the six tracks by India Czajkowska, including the opener “Lost Fractales.” The vocals are particularly edgy and unsettled here, in a good way. The title track is next, with Sirros’ blips and bleeps blending quite well with the moody sonic undercurrent. This is exceptionally good, mesmerizing stuff. The entire disc has a wonderful flow to it, though each piece forms a unique, immersive listening experience. Often the music sounds like it was recorded near a stream or in a damp cave, very atmospheric and spacious, as on “Electrostatic Forest.” Circo Divino is immediately likeable yet it should also hold up well on repeated listening as new nuances are discovered. Highly recommended.



'Circo Divino' CD is now, also, available to buy from CUE Records (Germany) and Groove.nl websites, among many other outlets.
www.cue-records.com
www.groove.nl


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Re: Alio Die | Parallel Worlds - Circo Divino (HSL055) Out Now!
« Reply #15 on: June 02, 2010, 04:45:02 AM »
Also for a fair price from our small Finnish ambient webshop, http://www.taival-ambient.com.

(Sorry about advertising ;))

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Re: Alio Die | Parallel Worlds - Circo Divino (HSL055) Out Now!
« Reply #16 on: June 06, 2010, 12:49:01 AM »
new review:
from Artemi Pugachov (Encyclopedia Of Electronic Music) :
 
This is the first collaboration between Italian sound alchemist Alio Die and Greek synthesizer artist Bakis Sirros aka Parallel Worlds. The music was realized by means of exchanging tracks via email. Bakis provided his modular synthesizer sounds and Stefano added his subtle field recordings and drones. The album is adorned by beautiful painted cover art. But let's get to the music. "Lost Fractales" sounds like the most pleasant of tracks to me. A mysterious drone is decorated with all types of subtle chimes and unidentifiable textures. Looped sounds and eerie voices come and go, giving the track a vaguely Industrial flair. It's pretty hard to describe the overall sound of this piece but it sure sounds shadowy, disturbing and, yes, eerie. It's dark without being oppressively so, with a touch of majesty and serenity. A subtle rhythm is heard in the second part of the track, providing an ever so gentle pulse to the ambient atmospheres. This music is breathing life, it's so vivid... I haven't heard such good Ambient in a long while. Next we get the title track. If anything, it's even richer in tone colours. However, the atmosphere is bright and solemn this time. The drones drone on in major harmonies, as Bakis provides a sharp electronic rhythm to go on with the proceedings. Various echoing textures from modular synths decorate the drones as we fly high on top of these wonderful atmospheric waves of sound. "Nuvole di Palissandro" enters a spookier realm, with stiff bottom-end, consisting of modular bass and glitchy rhythmic structures. The textures are more mysterious this time, with prominent pads and chirpy synthesizers coupled with strange echoey injections. "Sorinel" is a busy and noisy track with modular synths galore; and sounds more "Parallel Worlds" than "Alio Die" to me. There's a nice female voice making appearances at various points. This is probably the most active track of the bunch - rhythmic, with a pronounced low-end. On the other hand, the singing is also very prominent, more so than on some of the other tracks where voice is only used sparingly and in the most abstract way possible. "Electrostatic Forest" returns to more esoteric realms, with subtle flutes on top of typical Alio Die organic soundscape. "Slide of Grace" ends this journey on a mysterious and restrained note. A lot of abstract sounds are used on this track and the drones possess a genuinely ritual character. There's also a rhythmic pulse that I find highly appealing. I think it gives the track the necessary punch, without disturbing its atmospheric flow. A perfect closer! "Circo Divino" is a great album from an unlikely duo. The two styles of the artists meld surprisingly well to form an artistically strong whole that I strongly recommend to all fans of Ambient.

http://www.pugachov.ru/eem
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Re: Alio Die | Parallel Worlds - Circo Divino (HSL055) Out Now!
« Reply #17 on: June 07, 2010, 08:21:03 PM »
Bakis - this album is amazing and is going down in my personal top 10 of 2010!  Folks, this is great EM of the finest order.  Highly recommended.

J.

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Re: Alio Die | Parallel Worlds - Circo Divino (HSL055) Out Now!
« Reply #18 on: June 12, 2010, 04:59:56 PM »
Bakis - this album is amazing and is going down in my personal top 10 of 2010!  Folks, this is great EM of the finest order.  Highly recommended.

J.

glad you like it Jesse!     :)

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Re: Alio Die | Parallel Worlds - Circo Divino (HSL055) Out Now!
« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2010, 11:35:22 AM »
Been listening to this on and off for a while. Just now settling down with some repeat plays for review purposes. And I have to say, I don't mind at all listening to it on repeat! I know I've been so-so on Bakis' work in past reviews but this collaboration is gorgeous.

And since I know I'll be putting something from this into a podcast soon, I have to ask: is it pronounced Alio DEE or Alio DYE?  (I think it's DEE, but I want to be sure!)

Yeah, this is a very nice ride indeed. (Currently listening to "Slide of Grace." What a track!)
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