In June 2016, the great outdoors music festival Echos asked Ernest Bergez aka Sourdure to produce a series of "mantras" set to be diffused in between each concert of the twenty-four hours event taking place in the french Alpes. These pieces were played on the festival's gigantic speakers/ horns system in the afternoon, evening, night, morning, noon... and reverberated fully in the rocky valley. This triple vinyl edition gathers the field-recording-like captures of the tracks delivered once again through the system later that year by Ernest Bergez with the help of Frédéric Bernier, Joachim Brissaud and Julien Dessailly.
A cosmic soundscape journey, to be played at maximum volume!
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released December 13, 2019
Commissioned by Association Dome for Échos Festival 4.
All tracks composed and played by Ernest Bergez in June 2016.
Low whistle on track 3 / Gaida bagpipe on track 6 / Uilleann Pipe on track 7, played by Julien Desailly.
Recorded in November 2017 at La Ferme du Faï, with the help of Joaquim Brissaud, Fred Bernier and Julien Desailly.
Additional parts on tracks 3, 6 and 9 where composed and recorded by Ernest Bergez later in 2017 in Royat.
Originally released as a triple cassette tape by Standard in-Fi, 2017.
3xLP re-edition by Standard in-Fi / Desastre / Ana Ott / Mental Groove, December 2019.
Artwork by Sauvage and Druid-High, printed by Antoine Lambin at Société Ecran.
Vinyl Master by 21Mastering, digital Master by Ernest Bergez.
Photos by Ole-Kristian Heyer.
Ernest Bergez deeply thanks Association Dôme and Association Les Villages des Jeunes.
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