Bernard Estardy – Electro Sounds Volume 2
Bernard Estardy was one of the most prolific (and sought after) sound engineers in the French music scene during the 60′s and 70′s. After being involved on a number of sessions with Nino Ferrer, he took the initiative to build his own studio from scratch (the CBE as it’s known, built in 1967). It is said that in the first two decades of operation, records that were produced here accounted for 200 million copies sold.
When he wasn’t busy working on albums with popular French artists such as Francoise Hardy, Johnny Hallyday, the aforementioned Ferrer, etc .. Bernard was recording background music for French television, film and radio (not to mention composing weird concept albums, see: La Formule De Baron). Electro Sounds was a two-part ‘mood music’ series Estardy recorded for the popular Paris-based Tele Music library label in the early 1970′s.
This recording contains an interesting collection of repetitive ambient and electronic tunes, as well as a couple more uptempo jazz/funk tracks you come to expect when dealing with these kinds of records. I’ve included two tracks which seem to stand out for me. The first, “Asiatic Dream” sounds like children’s library music for adults (if that makes any sense) — xylophone, droning organ, moog bass, subtle background chorus, and delayed percussion hits. “Tic Tac Nocturne” is a tense electronic-organ and xylophone driven track with some clock sounds added in.
Sadly, Bernard passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 67. Please visit French Attack to read their Estardy interview from last year — very interesting material regarding his studio/gear, La Formule de Baron LP, and more. RIP.