jeudi 5 avril 2018

Ici et Maintenant the 2nd title of RENAISSANCE

Share the present moment


Sequentia Legenda Berlin School music

🎬 The second preview of my next album RENAISSANCE ♫


I have the pleasure to present you an extract from my next album, "RENAISSANCE".
This title "Ici et Maintenant" is the second track of this futur album.
(1. Out of the Silence   2. Ici et Maintenant   3. Valentin's Traum).
– Official release of RENAISSANCE on 17 May 2018 –

Through this title, it was important for me to share the present moment with the listeners, with my family, with myself. The sounds of the glorious years of the analogue era brought up to date with today's technology, here and now (Ici et Maintenant).
Laurent Schieber (Sequentia Legenda)

Ici et Maintenant Berlin School music

🎼 Regular and deep pulse 🎧


After an introduction to experimental, concrete and drones sounds, the enigmatic atmosphere gradually fades away and gives way to a benevolent global atmosphere.
The arrival of the luminous pads, supported punctually by Gregorian-style choirs, amplifies the notion of infinity.

The soundtrack is then filled with multiple pads and sequential loops. Later, a regular and deep pulse joins the ensemble to give even more life. It is like a heart that begins to beat, heralding a rhythmic surge. The snare drum, then a roll of toms complete the climax of this composition, leaving the vaporous pads and the empathetic choirs ornamented with the atmospheric and spiritual finale.

It is peace, contemplative, here and now (Ici et Maintenant),
a return to the roots of the Berlin School.

More informations on the RENAISSANCE landing page



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Ici et Maintenant testimonial 📓


Michel Boegler (France): "Ici et Maintenant aux influences de la Berlin School est admirable... On sent la plénitude avec la venue d'une séquence feutrée et bien programmée... Toute cette sensibilité à fleur de peau est bien présente et témoigne votre partage avec les auditeurs qu'ils l'écoutent !... En tout cas bravo pour votre travail."


"Your track "Ici et Maintenant" with Berlin School influences is admirable... We feel the fullness with the coming of a felted and well programmed sequence... All this sensitivity is very present and testifies your sharing with the listeners that they listen to it !... Anyway, congratulations on your work."


Official release of RENAISSANCE on 17 May 2018


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mercredi 21 mars 2018

AMIRA 💕 an album for my two loves: my wife Amira and the Berlin School

🎹 The music of my heart for my sweetheart 🎹


Sequentia Legenda Berlin School music

A musical project with the name AMIRA ☀️


The idea of a musical project with the name AMIRA dates back to our marriage.
I wanted to please my future wife by dedicating an album to her. So, just a few days before the official ceremony, I really started the creative process of the first title "Amira Short Version". I had a certain pressure that stimulated my creative sphere and the desire to make a beautiful surprise, forcing me to surpass myself. It was therefore necessary to get straight to the point, thanks to the experience acquired with BLUE DREAM and the title
AU REVOIR
dedicated to Edgar Froese, I finally managed to produce in time the music I had in mind for this occasion.

Sequentia Legenda Berlin School music

A touch of romanticism 💐


For this first title, I wanted a global atmosphere that would reflect the image of my half:
dynamism, intelligence and beauty, a track that would be in agreement with the
Berlin School and with my feelings.

The orchestration constituted by the string instruments and the choirs,
articulated around the sequences, offered a touch of romanticism to this musical poem.
I worked with great sensitivity and in great discretion "Amira Short Version", in order to preserve the surprise effect.


Sequentia Legenda Berlin School music

AMIRA was played during the celebration 💒


I had managed to finalize the title the day before the wedding.
The rhythmic structure composed of pizzicatos, cymbals and sequences was in place, with orchestral layers and ethereal choirs supporting the melodic lines. This short version of Amira was played during the celebration, my wife was touched by my gesture.

It was a great moment and I remember it very well. I take this opportunity to thank her for her support throughout our musical adventure.

To conclude, here is a little anecdote.
When the melodic line composed of three notes fly over my sound landscape, it is possible with a little imagination and sensitivity to hear this: A-MI-RA ! 



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Thanks to Alan Busby for his photo of my album


AMIRA testimonial 
📓


Sylvain Lupari (Canada): "Sequentia Legenda created quite a shock wave when he released his immensely poetic Blue Dream at the beginning of 2015. [...] the French musician announced in the early stage of autumn the making of his second opus which was inspired and dedicated to the love of his life, Amira. And as you were seduced by Blue Dream, as you will be invades by the very magnetizing approach of AMIRA. First of all, the approaches are identical even if the confrontations, as rhythmic as harmonious, cross the parallelism."
Sylvain Lupari (February 20th, 2016) Synth&Sequences








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May 2018 : RENAISSANCE by Sequentia Legenda 🎹


"EXPLORE THE SOUND UNIVERSE"




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samedi 10 mars 2018

The musical vision of Sequentia Legenda

The essentials of the Berlin School


Sequentia Legenda Berline School Music

Rigour, Sensitivity and Creativity are my motto 🎯


I have no intention of reinventing or revolutionizing the Berlin School,
I simply and without pretensions wish to bring my palette of sound, an extra colour and to be able to lay my stone to this edifice in order to contribute to an extended vision of this beautiful musical movement.

I sometimes hear myself say that solos are absent from my compositions.
They are not the fundamentals of my music, nor my priority.
It is neither a sign of immaturity nor an oversight, it is simply my musical vision, a well thought out vision. Nevertheless, although sometimes subtle and furtive, the musical phrases, the melodic lines are present in my soundscapes.

I'm not racing for solos, effects or instruments, but I'm looking for the purest possible overall atmosphere, which is representative of what a Berlin School music is to me. On the other hand, rigour, sensitivity and creativity are my motto. Play on nuances, on transpositions, find the balance between harmony and timbrality.

It is essential for me to go back to the essential:
towards a return to the sources of the Berlin School 🎯


Sequentia Legenda Berlin School Music

Speak to the listener's heart and soul 🎨


During my childhood, I did painting and today I work on my music like a painter.
I use a sound palette to paint the background of my canvas. Then, in a progressive way and with great sensitivity, I emphasize certain details, I maximize certain contrasts, I mix colors to give shape and life to the sound panorama.

It is essential for me to offer the listener a total freedom of listening, a musical space that reveals itself to the listener, offering new surprises and discoveries. They are instrumental journeys, immersive worlds, where music gives free rein to the imagination.

I see my music as an invitation, as a sharing with the listener, as my language expressing my emotions and speaking to the listener's heart and soul.



Sequencer Berlin School

⚒️ Notes after notes I sculpt the sequence 🎼


One of my favorite tools is the sequencer.

I manage with him to bring out my repetitive loops.
In this phase of work, I am like a sculptor, who notes after notes sculpt the sequence, working the sound material with rigour, sensitivity and patience.

Setting up sequential lines is often time-consuming, but it's the price to pay for a result that meets my expectations. I am a demanding person, looking to do my best to get the most out of myself. The sequencer, the sequences, are the pillars of my structure. 

My vision of sequencing: loops in perpetual evolution.


EXTENDED by Sequentia Legenda - Berlin School

Testimonial 💬


Isaac Civilo (Santiago, Chile): "There is a reason why I chose to take pictures of the latest albums by Sequentia Legenda next to my Frank Herbert collection
(and other sci-fi authors). 


As many people know, Frank Herbert was one of the greatest, if not the greatest science fiction author, but his books were never rooted in space ships, laser beams, and technology in general. On the contrary, they are very philosophical. When I started reading Dune I was 13 years old and I was impressed by the vast landscapes his writing conjured up in my mind. 

I have the same feeling when I listen to Sequentia Legenda:
vast landscapes whether they are endless deserts, raging seas, grey skies, the unfathomable space, or mysterious forests.
And, same as those places, its compositions incredibly nuanced, sometimes peaceful and reflective, sometimes dynamic and furious


Sequentia Legenda's music is full of little details that can only be absorbed after repeated listenings which is, after all, the true hallmark of good music.
And, another little reference:
Dune by Klaus Schulze
was also inspired by Dune so there is definitely an invisible thread that ties all of us together in this sonic world."






⌛ Ici et Maintenant ⏳
(Second extract from my future album RENAISSANCE)


After an introduction to experimental, concrete and drones sounds, the enigmatic atmosphere gradually fades away and gives way to a benevolent global atmosphere.

The arrival of the luminous pads, supported punctually by Gregorian-style choirs, amplifies the notion of infinity. The soundtrack is then filled with multiple layers and sequential loops.

Later, a regular and deep pulse joins the ensemble to give even more life. It is like a heart that begins to beat, heralding a rhythmic surge.

The snare drum, then a roll of toms complete the climax of this composition, leaving the vaporous pads and the empathetic choirs ornamented with the atmospheric and spiritual finale. It is peace, contemplative, here and now (Ici et Maintenant),
a return to the roots of the Berlin School.

RENAISSANCE: Explore the Sound Universe
Official Release 17 May 2018




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vendredi 23 février 2018

👍ETHEREAL in the Top Ten at the Schallwelle Awards

ETHEREAL in the homeland of Berliner Schule


Sequentia Legenda Berliner Schule

Let's go on the road!


It was important to have my loved ones by my side and to be able to share this moment with them. My wife and my youngest son took part in this expedition to the Ruhr. My little car and its 300,000 kilometers have brought us to a successful destination. After travelling a little over 600 kilometres, we arrived at the Rohrmeisterei complex. Tommy&Anke Betzler took us in. The hall was beautifully decorated and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Sylvia Sommerfeld, Alfred Arnold and all of the the Schallwende team for their devotion to the electronic music and the perfect organization of this ceremony.

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All united by the passion for electronic music


I quote Tommy Betzler (Klaus Schulze drummer in the 80s) speaking to me at the beginning of the evening:
"And here we are all here once again, it's kind of like a big family coming together, all united by the passion for electronic music."

The people present came from all over the place, from Germany of course, but also from the Netherlands, Great Britain, Switzerland, Scandinavia and France.

Thorsten Quaeschning (Tangerine Dream), Ron Boots (Groove Unlimited) and his wife Monike, Lambert Ringlage (spheric music), Frank Gerber (electronic circus), Thomas Voogd, Matthias Stock and his son Ansgars to name a few.
I confess that deep down, I had hoped to eventually meet my mentor Klaus Schulze...
But it's only a remitted part.


ETHEREAL Schallwelle Awards Electronic Music
Thanks to Alfred Arnold for the availability of the official artwork

The nomination of ETHEREAL


It is finally in the Top Ten of the category "Best Albums"
that my ETHEREAL album was nominated. 

For this new edition, the organizers had decided to group the International and German albums in one and the same category. The competition was therefore greater than the previous year. I was told there were over 300 candidates.

I'm naturally proud to be able to appear alongside Tangerine Dream,
Johannes Schmoelling and Mike Oldfield.

I am delighted to know that my music is appreciated and recognized in Germany,
the country of the Berliner Schule.

Thank you all for your support.

Schallwelle Awards Sequentia Legenda ETHEREAL
Schallwelle Awards February 17th, 2018

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my wife who gave me the necessary impetus to officially launch myself into music and live my dream. It is indeed an honour for me to be recognized in Germany, the country of Klaus Schulze and of the regretted Edgar Froese, the homeland of cosmic music, of the Berliner Schule. I would also like to thank Tommy Betzler for agreeing to collaborate a second time on this opus. And finally, a big thank you to all of you, musicians, friends and listeners for your support that gives me the strength to move forward in this direction, the way of an extended vision of the Berlin School.

RENAISSANCE by Sequentia Legenda - Berlin School

RENAISSANCE in the starting-blocks


After ETHEREAL and this great success at the Schallwelle, the work continues and the next musical opus is in the starting-blocks. It is about RENAISSANCE, the official release of which is announced for May 17th (my wife's birthday, a little wink for her).

This album will contain 3 tracks, 3 different music universes, 3 discoveries for listeners.
The sound grain will be in the purest tradition of the analogue era. I'll let you discover the first extract. More information is available on the landing page of RENAISSANCE.



RENAISSANCE: Explore the Sound Universe




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dimanche 11 février 2018

🎼 The sequencer my favorite tool 📶

My vision of sequencing: loops in perpetual evolution


Sequentia Legenda and the sequencer Korg SQ10

My first sequencer was the Korg SQ-10


I had made its acquisition during a trip to Paris may be some time after I bought the
Korg MS-20
. The two "brothers" lived together for my greatest happiness in my home studio in my parents' basement. Together with the tape echo chamber RE201 Roland, I made my debut by developing my sequences. The setting up of the loops with the SQ-10 was really complete and intuitive. For example, it was interesting to modulate filters and envelopes by generating three different voltages at the same time. The 3 channels, the 12 steps and the 6 modes were for the time a beautiful technical prowess that I could enjoy.

Sequentia Legenda and the sequencer

Oberheim's mini sequencer


Another instrument, the Oberheim Two Voice had a mini sequencer. Despite its eight programming steps available, the mini sequencer was convenient and pleasant for a fast search of small sequential lines.

Berlin school music analog sequencer
TVS1, the official model name of the 1974/75 Oberheim 2 voice or OB2 / ob-2 (obie two)

Here too, the association of the Oberheim with the echo chamber RE201 Roland made the result convincing and interesting.

Sequentia Legenda and the sequencer

Today, I work with virtual instruments


VST's allow me to express myself completely and freely. Sometimes I use various sources to create my loops, such for example as the Moog Modular sequencer from Arturia.


Sequentia Legenda and the sequencer

The sequences come to life


In addition to the search for tones, I attach great importance to the symbiosis of the different sequential loops. I particularly like to make them live and grow all along a track to make them sometimes even "organic". The complementarity of the sequences is also an element that is particularly close to my heart.
The sequences can be used as a structure and/or as the main and/or secondary
melodic line.

As far as the creation itself is concerned, it can do this by working on the parameters and potentiometers of a sequencer, or after having plated some pads chords that evoke my creativity and thus favour the realization of a loop, the reverse is also possible. I have also created note by note a sequence.

👦 I remember an anecdote when I was 16-17 years old and a sequence came to mind. I had phoned home, my youngest sister took the handset and asked her to take our tape recorder to record me. I then sang the loop of notes to save it on the cassette so that I could in the evening work on my analogue instruments of the time. 📼
  
The sequences can be fast or slow, shiny or deep, come and go, random, pizzicato or legato. They can also metamorphose, literally play the role of drums and be percussive. They are the fundamentals of my music. Whether it is with the instruments of yesteryear or today, I still have so much pleasure in sculpting and modelling loops. For me, the synthesizer and sequencer are inseparable.

  My vision of sequencing: loops in perpetual evolution


Sequentia Legenda and the sequencer

Berlin School pioneers Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream

In terms of reference, I would like to quote the Berlin School pioneers Klaus Schulze and the mythical band Tangerine Dream. I keep in mind my first listenings of the Mirage album with absolutely remarkable and timeless sequences. Crystal Lake obviously will remain for me a key moment in my musical approach, however I would like to point out that in the title Velvet Voyage, which is in my eyes more aerial, more cosmic, hides one of the most sumptuous sequences, so simple and so strong in terms of emotion. Congratulations!

For Tangerine Dream are the Rubycon and Ricochet albums that had marked me with their sequences with their characteristic timbre.


Sequentia Legenda and the sequencer

Testimonial Yves Blanc (La Planète Bleue)


«Most of the spacey music is made of three components : synth pads, sequencer loops and (sometimes annoying) solos. Sequentia Legenda is intelligent and sensitive enough to create his - strictly instrumental - music with the first two components only:
the pads and the loops.
»
 
Laurent Schieber (Sequentia Legenda) and Yves Blanc (La Planète Bleue)

«In his spacey compositions, where light meets minimalism, and fitted to dream and meditation, there is no room for flashy solo, no room for protruding showing-off,
instead the space is filled with highly sophisticated pads, perpetually changing and loops, themselves shaped in ever-changing patterns, sometimes highly complex,
even if they often seem obvious


Yves Blanc (La Planète Bleue)



Sequentia Legenda  Berlin School

👍ETHEREAL in the Top Ten at the Schallwelle Awards

It is an honour for me to be able to appear alongside Tangerine Dream,
Johannes Schmoelling and Mike Oldfield in this ranking.
I am delighted to know that my music is appreciated and recognized in Germany,
the country of the Berliner Schule.
[...]


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