Oppidum d'Ensérune

by Long Pike Hollow

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These pieces concern the landscape in the south-western corner of the Hérault department in France. Two historical sites - over a thousand years between their first inceptions - lie in close proximity. The first is the Oppidum d'Ensérune, just north of Nissan-lez-Enserune. This was a “hill-fort” during the Iron Age; a bridge between the Gallic, Massalian Greek, and Etruscan worlds. The settlement survived in a new guise under Roman rule and prospered, being situated near the mighty Via Domitia. The archaeological record suggests that Ensérune continued to be a culturally mixed society, acting as a trading interchange between the coast and the interior. The second site lies immediately to the north of Ensérune. This is the Étang de Montady, a feat of thirteenth-century construction which turned wetland into arable land. The distinctive spherical shape of this field system is one of the most memorable aspects of visiting Ensérune. Looking out northwards from a pleasant mix of garrigue and ancient ruins, one can see this otherworldly view; a veritable symbol of the medieval impetus for creating new landscapes. In this place, one feels a sort of synthesis of time manifest in a landscape.

Recorded in May 2017. The first field recording on Track 1 was recorded by Damien Devaux on Mont Gerbier de Jonc, Ardèche, France. The second field recording was recorded by Felix Blume near Minerve, Hérault, France.


released June 25, 2017



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I compose songs, primarily for the guitar. They reflect devotion, nostalgia, introspection, and musings on places both past and present.


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