Alba is the Spanish word for the moment when the first light of day appears, before the sun rises, and all things appear magical. Argentinian Federico Durand returns to 12k with music for dawn listening. His small and humble sounds of everyday life are crafted with simplicity, stillness and repetition - making music how children play.
Alba features a cover illustration by reknown Irish artist
released April 24, 2020
Federico Durand - Musical crafts:
Sony TCM 200-DV, tapes, Organelle, music boxes, contact microphone, cradle toys, CT5, Dark World, Roland Space Echo RE-201, ARP synthesizer, electric and toy pianos, Fostex X-18, Sony Minidisc, EXH 2880, DD-7, small modular sampler & acoustic guitar
Recorded in the Patagonian Andes
and in my attic in La Cumbre, Argentina
B6 was recorded on a TDK cassette while playing with my daughter María Luisa
A1, A4 and B5 were made in Refugio Agostino Rocca, a mountain shelter in Paso de las Nubes
Illustration by Emer Tumilty
Mastered by Taylor Deupree
I want to express my gratitude to Taylor and 12k, Clara, Victoria, Bruno, Emer, Lucía & María Luisa.
I put this album on during a morning walk. Grey. Still. Superstition was the perfect soundtrack for it. It's mixing & mastering is superb. Moskitoos vocals were so so patient and gentle, and I begged for more. joshuaomv
Such a gorgeous collection of subtle, reflective sonic gems, and a beautiful collaborative effort. The tracks meander peacefully but not without purpose, and light up and glow like stars on a clear night. As always with 12k releases, the artwork can set the tone so eloquently. Take some time out to familiarize yourself with this gently mood-elevating recording. sloya
When so much ambient music out there is poor or mediocre, it's a real delight to listen to this release! My favorite ambient release of 2020. Loved Michael Grigoni's Mount Carmel release also on 12k as well. Don't have a favorite track- I like it all. joeschmoe4idaho