miércoles, 3 de febrero de 2016

Wonderful review by A Closer Listen

Federico Durand - A través del espejo (12k)

Loops and lullabies cover the mattress of Federico Durand‘s A Través del Espejo (Through the Mirror).  The title refers to mirrors that face one another, creating endless reflections; the music provides an aural version of this effect.  If one were unaware of their genesis, one might mistake these loops for wind chimes, which repeat without seeming repetitive.  In fact, they include toys, bells, tape loops and found objects, which offer the soothing predictability of a baby’s plastic mobile while weaving a tapestry that is far more complex.
The early tracks follow this template, and for a while it seems as if Durand is content to let the loops turn and interact, creating unexpected harmonies.  The most memorable include the start-and-stop of “Linternas junto a la laguna (Lanterns beside the lake)” and the twinkling “Diorama”.  Warm and soothing, these tracks operate as sonic nightlights, offering safety and reassurance.  But just as one is getting used to the album’s tone, it changes.
The irony of the track listing is that the album works as a sleep aid until it reaches the track titled “Hora de dormir (Time to sleep)”.  But that’s okay, as this is also the set’s most endearing piece.  A mother says goodnight to her happy child, while someone in the background imitates a wolf.  When they start to sing, chamingly off-key, Daddy joins along (if only for a note).  The intimacy of this track is its strength; it’s a window into the artist’s home, an invitation to share a private joy.  If this doesn’t win one over, nothing will.  From this point on, the loops and lullabies return, carrying the listener down the river of Lethe and through the cave of Hypnos.  Goodnight, sleep tight, everything will be all right.  (Richard Allen)
Thank you very much A Closer Listen & Richard Allen for this heartfelt review! F.

miércoles, 20 de enero de 2016

"A través del espejo" reviewed by Fluid Radio

A Través Del Espejo is another highly accomplished album from composer Federico Durand, his first on 12k. Whilst employing a similar palette of instruments and techniques to previous (excellent) albums like El libro de los árboles mágicos, this collection seems to look less to the forest, hills and skies, instead radiating a warmer domesticity.
Bell-like sounds and scrapes feel close to the ear, close to the hand – you can almost imagine (and at times, hear) Durand reaching for small sounding objects, using microphones as instruments, pushing looping pedals, coaxing gentle collages out of his chosen ingredients.
Grain (whether sound or film), music boxes, glockenspiels, are sometimes associated with a particular strand of uncritical nostalgia, the same one that gives us ‘retro’ filters for smartphone pictures (perhaps an argument for another day) but there is none of that here; instead Durand gives us ten loose but perfectly formed miniatures that frame a sense of home as both domestic and dream-like.
Highlights could be the crystal clear high end chiming loop at the centre of Diorama, or the burbles and clicks of Canción de la Vía Láctea (Milky Way Song). Indeed, the whole second half of the album is particularly strong, seeming to swell outwards and upwards in a way that confirms Durand as a quiet talent, making the best music of his career so far. A Través Del Espejo is a thing of restrained wonder, a love song to home, hearth and the warmth of magnetic tape. I can’t wait to hear what’s next. – Highly recommended.
Thank you very much Fluid Radio for this wonderful review! F.

martes, 19 de enero de 2016

A beautiful review form Japan

アルゼンチンのサウンド・アーティスト フェデリコ・デュラン(と読むのか?)が12Kより発表した新作。

今 回12Kからの処女作、ということですが、2014年にはレーベルオーナーのテイラー・デュプリーや、ステファン・マシュー、iLLuHaなどの12K アーティスト達と共演した経験もあるようで、徐々にこのレーベルから作品をリリースする準備をしていたであろうことが伺えます。


本 作にてデュランはシンセサイザーやピアノなどの鍵盤楽器のほか、ギリシャ発祥の撥弦楽器ライアーやオルゴール(ミュージック・ボックス)、様々なオブジェ クトを用いています。(ライヤーも黒鉛筆で演奏したようです。'hammered with a black pencil)

今回用いられたのはオールドファッションなロック・ミュージックや、ジャマイカンダブなどで使用された名機Roland Space Echo RE-201やエレハモ社製のルーパーEhx 2880などです。

同 手記には、彼がこの製品に対して強い愛着を感じているらしいことも記されていますが、本来であれば無音であるはずのテープから流れる、ざわざわとした揺ら ぎや暖かく仄かなノイズなどが皮膜のようにレイヤーされることで、作品全体に独特なノスタルジアを生ぜしめているように感じました。

先述 のアナログエフェクターへのこだわりもそうですが、こういった彼のフェティッシュな美意識が、実際に音となって反映されることで我々の意識をハードな現実 から隔絶する壁/膜のような役割を果たし、オーガニックな素材により録音された音や話し声が織りなすドリーミーな世界に我々を没入させてくれるのかもしれ ません。



Thank you very much Eternal Music for this nice review! F.

"A través del espejo" reviewed by Silence And Sound (France)

Federico Durand - A Través Del Espejo
C’est à un monde emprunt de douceur et de légèreté que nous convie le nouvel album de l’argentin Federico Durand, avec A Través Del Espejo,qui n’est pas sans évoquer une certaine idée de cet « autre » moi que l’on pense voir et discerner à travers le miroir. Ici les boites à musique, carillons et autres instruments à lames et à cordes que l’on effleure, s’emploient à dessiner des motifs tutoyant les bords d’un abime en forme de doux précipice. Federico Durand bâtit des mélodies puisant leurs ressources dans une poésie embrumée de musique aérienne et de broderie féérique. Les pointillés de ses notes se superposent avec élégance, donnant à apercevoir la beauté d’un monde enfoui, que l’on cache sous un manteau d’étoiles, souvenirs d’une enfance heureuse baignée de mélancolie vaporeuse et de lumière jaunie. A Través Del Espejo ne se contente pas de jouer avec les sens, véhiculant des histoires irisées par le temps, aux angles arrondies et courbes horizontales, flottant sur les soubresauts de l’âge tendre, perché dans les profondeurs d’un cortex flirtant avec les caresses du vent, les voiles gonflées à bloc pour remonter lentement les courants d’une énergie bienfaitrice. Vital.
Roland Torres
Thank you very much Roland & Silence And Sound for this nice review! F.

jueves, 14 de enero de 2016

Review by Vital Weekly


By now you must be familiar with the name Federico Durand, with his releases on Spekk, Own and Desire Path, either solo or with the duo Melodia. Apparently, like other musicians from Argentina, he's big in Japan and plays a lot of concerts over there. In 2014 he bumped into Taylor Deupree, head honcho of 12K and became friends and that friendship now brings us this album of new solo pieces, all inspired (apparently as always) by his family. The cover lists all of his instruments, which makes an interesting read: "Auris lyre hammered with a black pencil, synthesizer, piano, music boxes, Roland Space Echo RE-201, Ehx 2880, Mackie 402VLZ4, hokema, little objects, crystal cups bowed with a penknife, Koshi chime, Fostex X18, contact microphone, minidisc, Sony TCM-200DV, owl of wood, tape loops, scissor and masking tape"; I guess it sums up his love for small objects and all things analogue. I understand also that much of what Durand does is hands-on: playing all of this with his two hands and looping stuff on the spot, thus creating this very intimate sound his music always seem to have. More than before it seems we now hear snippets of voices, maybe from around his own house, children voices. It is perhaps a reminder of home-life when he is on the road? For me it's also another reminder: that of the music of Dominique Petitgand, who was also an avid taper of domestic life, and who also used small instruments around these home recordings; there is however one distinction and that is that for Petitgand it was almost obligatory to use them in every track, whereas Durand uses it more sparsely. For him the sound of his 'toys' play the most crucial role, and it makes his work less of a radio-play and it seems to be using a bit more melody, which he loops around and creates beautiful hissy pieces of music with. Sometimes, such as in 'Linternas Junto A La Laguna (Lanterns beside the lake)', the cassette hiss forms even the most substantial part of the composition but usually it's a few sparse notes on the piano, a bow playing a small object to create some overtones, and everything pitched up and down, to form a web of small tones, intertwining with each other. All of this is a highly natural setting, free from digital processing or other computer tricks. In the official world of music journalism one would say 'honest' music. I don't believe in such notions. But I'd say this is highly personal music, without caring too much about 'styles', 'trends' or 'scenes' and this is some damn fine release. (FdW)

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Thank you very much Vital Weekly and FdW for this review! F.