samedi 2 juin 2018

Sequentia Legenda invited at Brainvoyager

Sequentia Legenda presenting RENAISSANCE

ūüé§ Brainvoyager "Electronic Fusion" #141


RENAISSANCE by Sequentia Legenda
Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Jos Verboven
Laurent, "Renaissance" is your fifth album. "Renaissance" means "rebirth". Do you wish your album "Renaissance" to be a rebirth of the Berlin School genre in particular? Do you think that the Berlin School genre of electronic music somehow had vanished? Speech Balloon on Microsoft

Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Sequentia Legenda:
I do not claim to say that my music is a rebirth of this musical movement, other musicians contribute to its perenniality, Kurtz Mindfields, Fryderyk Jona, Ron Boots to name but a few, not to mention the living legend Klaus Schulze. On the other hand, if I can make my contribution to the Berlin School with my music, then I would be proud and happy.

I believe that this beautiful musical movement still has beautiful days to live and that it will continue for a long time to make us dream and travel. I have my own vision: an extended vision of the Berlin School.“ Speech Balloon on Microsoft

RENAISSANCE by Sequentia Legenda
Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Jos Verboven
Do you think that the Berlin School genre still has enough variation to offer in this modern age? The genre was booming during the seventies of the last century. Maybe its time was just over? Speech Balloon on Microsoft

Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Sequentia Legenda:
„I remain convinced that this style is varied enough to entertain, relax and be conducive to introspection and meditation.

The 70's was a flourishing period, I was 5 years old and I still remember a more serene atmosphere. It was the emergence of an innovative musical style with the arrival of revolutionary instruments. My music is impregnated with this space-time and I wish to share, thanks to the instruments of today, this musical atmosphere with the analog grain so typical of this time. In this tumultuous world in whish we live, the Berlin School is likely to bring to the listeners a part of dream and escape“ Speech Balloon on Microsoft
Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Jos Verboven
What is it that attracts you so much in this genre? What's its secret? Speech Balloon on Microsoft

Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Sequentia Legenda:
I am attracted by the great creative freedom that this genre offers me.
It is sometimes like a call to which I answer present by dialing instinctively and without seeing time pass. I feel good when I'm in my creative "bubble", I'm in my world, the imagination helps me weave the sound canvas of my sonic landscape.

Its secret: an unlimited and timeless musicality.“ Speech Balloon on Microsoft


RENAISSANCE by Sequentia Legenda
Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Jos Verboven
I know that your biggest influence comes from Klaus Schulze, mainly from his work during the seventies of the last century. What do you think of his later work?“ Speech Balloon on Microsoft

Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Sequentia Legenda:
I have a deep respect for Klaus Schulze's musical career. His album Mirage was my real musical trigger. I really enjoyed listening to his early career compositions. For my part, I enjoyed the analog and digital break less and Dig It was a transition album that made me regret classics such as Timewind, Moondawn or Mirage. Nevertheless, I've hooked a lot with Trancefer or En=trance two 80's titles and Are You Sequenced? of the'90s in which I refound all the magic of Klaus.“ Speech Balloon on Microsoft
Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Jos Verboven
Are there other electronic musicians you appreciate and who influence you? Who are they? Speech Balloon on Microsoft

Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Sequentia Legenda:
My listening palette is quite wide, I like classical, jazz, pop. As for electronic music, I like Vangelis, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and Jean-Michel Jarre. I know that other musicians are currently producing quality tracks, I don't always find the time to listen to what's going on around me, I concentrate on my family life, my work and my music.“ Speech Balloon on Microsoft





I thank Jos Verboven (Brainvoyager), Modul303 Germany, Electronic Music Radio Venezuela and West Star Radio UK for their attention to my music.

Brainvoyager is the artist name of Jos Verboven (born 17 July 1962) a Dutch electronic music composer and musician. As "Brainvoyager" he also hosts a weekly radio show Electronic Fusion on the British radio station West Star Radio Ltd.



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vendredi 11 mai 2018

RENAISSANCE arrive TROIS questions à Sequentia Legenda

J'aimerais partager une belle nouvelle avec vous

ūüíŅVersion CD pour mon cinqui√®me album ūüíŅ


RENAISSANCE by Sequentia Legenda
RENAISSANCE - Le cinquième album de Sequentia Legenda.

Voil√†, c’est √† pr√©sent officielle,
mon prochain album sera disponible en numérique et
aussi en version CD Digipack.

Le pressage CD se fera dans une société française,
je suis me f√©licite de cette nouvelle. 

Cet album comprendra trois titres pour une durée totale de 64 minutes
dans la plus pure tradition de la Berlin School.


RENAISSANCE : TROIS TITRES, TROIS LANGUES,
TROIS UNIVERS SONORES À EXPLORER.


Et √† pr√©sent TROIS questions pos√©es √† Sequentia Legenda. 
Je vous souhaite une agréable lecture,
Laurent Schieber (Sequentia Legenda)


Sequentia Legenda sequencer-driven vintage-futuristic electronica

Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Michel Rebelraiser
Bonjour Laurent ! Prochainement, tu vas publier, début mai, un nouvel album intitulé RENAISSANCE !
J'aurais trois questions à te poser concernant cet album.

Le titre RENAISSANCE serait pour toi celle de la Berlin School ! 
Est-ce que tu ne penses pas que cette musique n√©e en Allemagne il y a plus de cinquante ans a d√©j√† atteint ses lettres de noblesse. Et qu'aujourd'hui, dans ce domaine, tout a √©t√© dit, que ce serait un genre un peu r√©volu ?“ Speech Balloon on Microsoft

Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Sequentia Legenda:
„Je n’ai pas la pr√©tention de dire que c’est une renaissance de la Berlin School, d’autres musiciens actuels, Kurtz Mindfields par exemple, font en sorte que ce mouvement perdure. J’ai n√©anmoins ma propre vision : une vision √©tendue et √©pur√©e et c'est ma grande passion que je vis √† fond.

J’ai un profond respect pour les membres-fondateurs tels que Klaus Schulze ou le regrett√© Edgar Froese, qui ont su en leur temps et √† leurs mani√®res faire na√ģtre la Berliner Schule. Malgr√© ses cinquante ans, je crois en cette superbe mouvance musicale et qui n'a pas vraiment prit de rides, je ferais de mon mieux pour lui rendre un bel hommage. Si je peux apporter, m'a pierre √† l'√©difice, alors j’en serai ravi et honor√© de pouvoir contribuer √† la continuit√© de cette mouvance musicale.

Je suis certain que la Berlin School à encore de beaux jours à vivre et qu'elle va continuer
√† nous faire voyager et r√™ver.“
Speech Balloon on Microsoft

Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Michel Rebelraiser
Parmi les trois titres de RENAISSANCE en figure deux dont le titre m'intrigue un peu :
Ici et Maintenant et Valentins Traum.

Si l'on s'en r√©f√®re √† l'impressionnante discographie de Klaus Schulze, on trouve un titre qui s'intitule " Nowhere, Now Here " (Body Love II), et qu'on pourrait traduire par Nulle part, i√ßi et maintenant ! Et un autre " Sebastian in Traum " (Audentity). Une similitude, ou un clin d'Ňďil au Ma√ģtre allemand, ou une simple co√Įncidence ?“ Speech Balloon on Microsoft

Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Sequentia Legenda:
„Il me tenait √† cŇďur de faire un album comprenant trois titres en trois langues.

Pour la petite anecdote, le titre avait subi un remaniement. √Ä la base, celui-ci devait se nommer IMMERSION. Apr√®s une longue discussion, mon √©pouse me persuada et l'album re√ßu son titre d√©finitif : RENAISSANCE. Pour revenir √† ta question, je n'avais pas pens√© aux titres de Klaus Schulze, donc on peut en effet parler d'une co√Įncidence et pourquoi pas finalement aussi d'un clin d'Ňďil ;-)
Lorsque je débutais la composition qui allait devenir Valentins Traum, je songeais depuis quelque temps déjà à une musique dédié pour mon fils cadet Valentin atteint d'autisme. C'est un petit garçon très courageux, volontaire et d'une extrême générosité.
Sa pathologie, d√©sormais ne me fait plus peur, j'ai beaucoup appris √† travers lui ! 
Valentin m'avait accompagn√© lors de la premi√®re rencontre avec Tommy Betzler √† Darmstadt. Tommy lui avait d'ailleurs offert un jeu de baguettes. Nous passons beaucoup de temps ensemble en Allemagne. J'avais envie de faire de ce titre d'une pierre, deux coups : une d√©dicace pour mon fils et un hommage au public allemand qui m'a accord√© sa confiance. C'est √† Hamm dans la Ruhr que j'ai eu le plaisir de me produire pour la premi√®re fois sur sc√®ne avec Tommy √† la batterie. C'est un grand privil√®ge de pouvoir ainsi √©voluer dans le fief de la Berlin School dans le pays de Klaus Schulze et du regrett√© Edgar Froese. 

Ce titre, c'est le rêve de Valentin - notre voyage dans les étoiles -
un message d'espoir et d'amour.


Concernant le titre "Ici et Maintenant" j'avais en toute simplicit√© envie de rendre hommage √† mes proches, √† mes amis, aux musiciens fran√ßais, √† ma patrie. Il est important pour moi de partager le moment pr√©sent avec les miens et avec les auditeurs. C'est √©galement une transposition de la musique de l'√®re analogique √† maintenant avec les instruments d'aujourd'hui. La musique est mon langage, mon partage, mes √©motions. “ Speech Balloon on Microsoft

Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Michel Rebelraiser
La  Berlin School est une musique complexe, qui joue beaucoup sur les √©motions et
qui s'expriment en durée, tout en prenant garde de préserver
l'attention de l'auditeur constante.  
Est ce pour cette raison que tes trois nouveaux titres
sont trois paysages 
musicaux diff√©rents ? 
Pour ne pas lasser l'auditeur  et placer cet album en position privil√©gi√©
par rapport aux autres ?
Speech Balloon on Microsoft

Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Sequentia Legenda:
„Je ne sais pas si la Berlin School est r√©ellement une musique complexe, elle est pour moi "naturelle", je l'aborde avec s√©r√©nit√© et simplicit√©. Cela coule de source si je puis dire.
C'est parfois un véritable appel, auquel je réponds présent en composant de manière instinctive. Le travail ne me fait pas peur, le temps n'a pas d'emprise sur moi lorsque je suis dans ma "bulle créative". Je la sens, je vis la Berlin School et je la partage à travers ma musique du mieux que je peux.

Pour ce qui est de la durée de mes titres, il me faut un certain temps pour pouvoir m'exprimer librement, pour placer les perles sonores le long de fil conducteur de ma trame musicale. J'ai besoin de ce temps pour libérer l'ensemble de mes émotions. Je n'ai pour le moment pas souhaité "imposer" des solos aux auditeurs pour ne pas figer mes pièces.
Au contraire, j'ai voulu garder suffisamment de place pour laisser respirer et vivre ma musique afin d'offrir une part de créativité lors de l'écoute. 
20 minutes sont une bonne moyenne pour placer l'auditeur en immersion au sein de mon univers musicale.

Ma musique nécessite plusieurs écoutes pour découvrir et apprécier toutes les subtilités sonores se dévoilant lors de l'exploration de mes paysages sonores.

Pour moi, il n'y a pas vraiment d'album "privilégié", c'est chaque fois une nouvelle aventure, une nouvelle expérience. Il faut à chaque fois pouvoir se sublimer, se renouveler tout en restant dans une certaine mesure en adéquation avec le style global de la Berlin School. Chaque album a sa propre histoire, son propre vécu.

Voilà, j'espère avoir pu répondre à tes questions, ce fut un réel plaisir.
Je te donne donc rendez-vous pour le 17 mai prochain date anniversaire de ma femme et pour la sortie officielle de RENAISSANCE :-)
Bonne √©coute √† tous et vive la Berlin School ! “
Speech Balloon on Microsoft

Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Michel Rebelraiser
Merci Laurent !
Je te souhaites une bonne continuation et une pleine réussite à ton prochain album,
ainsi qu'√† tes futurs projets. 
Car je supposes que tu en as !“ Speech Balloon on Microsoft


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Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Sequentia Legenda:
„Pour moi, il est important de conna√ģtre le ressenti des auditeurs, c'est finalement un partage d'√©motions et j'en profite pour en savoir un peu plus √† ce sujet.
En quelques mots, peux-tu me dire √† quand remonte ta d√©couverte de la musique berlin School et plus pr√©cis√©ment me dire comment tu as pris connaissance de ma musique ?“ Speech Balloon on Microsoft


Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Michel Rebelraiser
C'est une longue histoire !
Depuis tr√®s jeune, j'ai toujours √©t√© attir√© par la musique. Mais sous toutes ses formes. J'avais d√©but√© jeune avec, excusez du peu, √† 13 ans, le Concerto pour piano et orchestre N°1 de Tcha√Įkovski. Un v√©ritable coup de foudre ! Apr√®s, en grandissant, je me suis diversifi√© en me disant, qu'au fond, il n'√©tait pas ridicule d'aimer le rock et la musique classique. Deux mondes diff√©rents mais pas incompatibles. Et, anim√© d'une insatiable curiosit√© musicale, j'√©tais toujours √† la recherche de nouveaux sons, de nouvelles choses. 


C'est par un magazine que j'avais entendu parler d'un mouvement, assez curieux mais terriblement novateur, que les anglo saxons avaient baptis√©s d'un sobriquet peu flatteur, krautrock, litt√©ralement rock " choucroute". Tous les groupes avaient des noms √©tranges, Xhol, Limbus, Amon Duul… Et puis Ash Ra Tempel, Tangerine Dream et Klaus Schulze, l'√©cole berlinoise, la Berlin School. J''ai voulu en savoir plus… Enfin, surtout √©couter. Le seul probl√®me, c'est que tout cela restait tr√®s marginal et que, pour les trouver dans le commerce, c'√©tait tr√®s difficile. Alors, par l'interm√©diaire de mon disquaire favori, je les aient fait venir en import, directement d'Allemagne. En commen√ßant par la Berlin School ! Le tout premier que j'ai √©cout√© √©tait Irrlicht de Schulze. Quel coup de poing et quel voyage ! J'√©tais estomaqu√© et compl√®tement transport√© ! Du peu de mat√©riel qu'il avait √† l'√©poque, il sortait des sons inou√Įs. Un potentiel √©norme et une cr√©ativit√© hors du commun ! Apr√®s il y a eu Cyborg du m√™me Klaus qui a confirm√© tout le bien que je pouvais en penser, les premiers Tangerine Dream, (Edgar Froese) Atem, Alpha Centauri, Zeit et Ash Ra Tempel (Manuel Gottsching), Schwingungen, Seven Up qui ont d√©finitivement scell√© cette passion entre moi et cette musique inclassable et terriblement innovante. Et le krautrock bien s√Ľr ! Cet attrait n'a jamais vraiment cess√©, juste interrompu par d'autres priorit√©s, et pas des moindres, ma femme, ma fille ! Aujourd'hui, quasiment cinquante ans apr√®s, je me dis que c'est tout simplement incroyable de voir √† quel point cette musique aura marqu√© les esprits. Surtout de quelle mani√®re, elle aura grandement influenc√© toute une g√©n√©ration d'artistes. Finalement, elle reste un genre ind√©modable. 

Pour ta musique, c'est par hasard que je l'ai d√©couverte ! Un fid√®le ami qui conna√ģt parfaitement mes go√Ľts comme je connais les siens, Michel C, m'avait post√© ton premier album en lien sur mon journal FB ! Et il m'avait dit " Ca devrait te plaire ! " Il ne s'√©tait pas tromp√© ! Ce fut un ravissement d'entendre que la Berlin School n'√©tait pas morte. Qu'elle renaissait et de la plus belles des fa√ßons… Et c'est comme √ßa que tout a d√©but√©…“ Speech Balloon on Microsoft



Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Sequentia Legenda:
„Si l'on devait porter une comparaison avec la musique cosmique des ann√©es 70' √† 80' avec celle que je propose aujourd'hui laquelle serait-elle ?“ Speech Balloon on Microsoft


Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Michel Rebelraiser
La Berlin School des ann√©es 70 √©tait analogique et assez contemplative. Les artistes d√©couvraient le Moog Synth√©tiseur, ce tr√®s myst√©rieux instrument. Et qui fascinaient un peu tout le monde. On se souvient tous du succ√®s qu'aura eu le tube plan√©taire "Pop Corn". En 75, avec l'arriv√©e des s√©quenceurs, Tangerine Dream notamment, elle prend une autre dimension. Elle devient plus percutante. Confirmer dans les ann√©es 80, avec l'apparition du num√©rique et du format MIDI o√Ļ elle asseoit sa popularit√©. Un "dialogue" s'instaure entre l'artiste et sa machine. Et la Berlin School devient plus "accessible", moins froide, plus conviviale et dynamique. 

Si je devais qualifier ton travail, je dirais Neo Berlin School ann√©es 2000, une nouvelle g√©n√©ration en marche. Une fusion, une synth√®se tr√®s r√©ussie de ces diff√©rentes p√©riodes. Mais je persiste √† le dire. Partager ses √©motions sur un morceau qui peut durer plus de 30 minutes, c'est complexe. Beaucoup de jeunes musiciens s'essayent √† ce style, avec plus ou moins de r√©ussite. Et il est ind√©niable que tu remets bien au go√Ľt du jour ce style. En lui insufflant du sang neuf ! “ Speech Balloon on Microsoft

Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Sequentia Legenda:
„Si tu devais mettre des mots, des images sur mes compositions,
lesquelles te viendrais spontan√©ment √† l'esprit ?“
Speech Balloon on Microsoft

Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Michel Rebelraiser
Mon propre ressenti, difficile √† d√©crire ! 

Tout d'abord, ce qu'il faut savoir, c'est que, pour bien appr√©cier cette musique, je m'isole, au sens figur√© du terme bien s√Ľr, mais ceci afin de bien m'impr√©gner de l'univers de l'artiste. M'immerger dans son monde musical ! Apr√®s, en fonction du morceau, des notes, des s√©quences, de la m√©lodie, ce sont les √©motions qui prennent le dessus. Et de toutes sortes ! Je me souviens que Ballet 1 de Schulze, et sa tr√®s forte puissance √©vocatrice, m'avait bien piqu√© les yeux. Mais c'est essentiel car, froide comme de la glace, la Berlin School ne peut, ne pourrait m'accrocher. Et puis, il y a aussi des images, elles aussi, vari√©es. Souvent des paysages assez sereins et calmes, rarement mena√ßants ou effrayants. Des lacs, des mers, des nuages, des for√™ts paradisiaques ! Des pays imaginaires dont j'ignore o√Ļ ils se trouvent. Mais c'est tr√®s beau. Apr√®s, je peux rester deux, trois minutes avant de redescendre. Et, comme tu le soulignes fort justement, plusieurs √©coutes sont quelquefois n√©cessaires pour en appr√©cier la richesse. 

On l'appelle souvent Cosmic Music ou musique "planante" mais je trouve ces deux appellations un peu galvaud√©es. La musique c'est fait pour r√™ver, pour s'√©vader ! La Berlin School en est l'exemple parfait. Et il n'y a rien de cosmique ou de planant l√† dedans, mais juste du r√™ve et de l'√©vasion.“ Speech Balloon on Microsoft

Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Sequentia Legenda:
„Ce fut tr√®s instructif et enrichissant.
Merci pour avoir donn√© ton ressenti global sur ce type de musique.“
Speech Balloon on Microsoft


Pour information :
Michel Rebelraiser est responsable d'un Blog dédié au rock allemand des années 70 - 80,
ce qu'on a appelé le krautrock. Et ses dérivés, psychedelic, space rock, stoner ou post rock.


Sequentia Legenda Berliner Schule
RENAISSANCE sera donc mon cinqui√®me album, un nouvel opus, trois nouveaux paysages sonores √† explorer. Trois titres composent cet album, j'ai le plaisir de vous pr√©senter un extrait de «Out of the Silence ». Cette piste sera l'ouverture de RENAISSANCE et l'introduction dans ce nouvel univers sonore.

À l'origine, c'est à la demande de Jean-Luc Briançon (Kurtz Mindfields) pour une collaboration que j'ai composé ce titre. La composition a été réarrangée et réorganisée, passant d'une durée initiale de 9:09 à 21:53. Les séquences du Moog Modulaires sont au rendez-vous, délivrant une structure qui sera suivie de percussions. Le final est totalement nouveau, les lignes séquentielles baignant dans une atmosphère aérienne et immersive.

Je vous souhaite beaucoup de plaisir à écouter "Out of the Silence".



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samedi 28 avril 2018

RENAISSANCE is coming THREE questions to Sequentia Legenda

I want to share a great news with you

ūüíŅ CD version for my fifth album ūüíŅ


RENAISSANCE by Sequentia Legenda
RENAISSANCE - Sequentia Legenda's fifth album.

Now it's official, my next album will be available in digital
and also in CD Digipack version.

The CD pressing will be done in a French company, I am pleased with this news. 
This album will include three tracks for a total duration of 64 minutes in the purest tradition of the Berlin School.

RENAISSANCE : THREE TITLES, THREE LANGUAGES,
THREE SOUND UNIVERSES TO EXPLORE.


And now THREE QUESTION to Sequentia Legenda. 
I wish you a pleasant reading,
Laurent Schieber (Sequentia Legenda)


Sequentia Legenda sequencer-driven vintage-futuristic electronica

Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Michel Rebelraiser
„Hello Laurent! Soon, you will publish, at the beginning of May, a new album entitled RENAISSANCE ! I'd like to ask you three questions about this album.“

„The title RENAISSANCE would be for you that of the Berlin School!
Don't you think that this music born in Germany more than fifty years ago has already reached its letters of nobility. And that today, in this field, everything has been said, that it would be a bit of a thing of the past?“
Speech Balloon on Microsoft

Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Sequentia Legenda:
„I don't have the pretension to say that this is a renaissance of the Berlin School, other current musicians, Kurtz Mindfields for example, are making this movement last. Nevertheless, I have my own vision: a extended and ethereal vision and it is my great passion that I live to the full. I have a deep respect for founding members such as Klaus Schulze or the late Edgar Froese, who in their time and in their ways were able to give birth to the Berliner Schule. In spite of his fifty years, I believe in this superb musical movement which did not really take wrinkles and I would do my best to pay him a beautiful homage. If I can make a contribution, I would be delighted and honoured to be able to contribute to the continuity of this musical movement. I am sure that the Berlin School still has beautiful days to live and that it will continue to make us travel and dream.“ Speech Balloon on Microsoft
Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Michel Rebelraiser
„Among the three titles of RENAISSANCE are two whose title intrigues me a bit:
Ici et Maintenant and Valentins Traum.
If we refer to Klaus Schulze's impressive discography, we find a title entitled
"Nowhere, Now Here" (Body Love II), which we could translate as "Nulle part, içi et maintenant" ! And another "Sebastian in Traum" (Audentity).
A similarity, or a wink to the German Master, or just a coincidence?“
Speech Balloon on Microsoft

Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Sequentia Legenda:
„It closed to my heart to me to make an album with three tracks in three languages.

For the anecdote, the title had undergone a reshuffle. At the base, this one had to be called IMMERSION. After a long discussion, my wife persuaded me and the album received its definitive title: RENAISSANCE.
To come back to your question, I hadn't thought about the titles of Klaus Schulze, so we can indeed speak of a coincidence and why not finally also of a wink ;-)

When I was starting the composition that would become Valentins Traum, I had been thinking for some time about a music dedicated to my youngest son Valentin with autism. He's a very courageous little boy, willing and extremely generous. His pathology no longer frightens me, I learned a lot through him!

Valentin accompanied me to the first meeting with Tommy Betzler in Darmstadt. Tommy had given him a set of chopsticks. We spend a lot of time together in Germany. I wanted to kill two birds with one stone: a dedication for my son and a tribute to the German public who trusted me. It was in Hamm in the Ruhr that I had the pleasure of performing for the first time on stage with Tommy on drums. It is a great privilege to be able to play in the fiefdom of the Berlin School in the country of Klaus Schulze and the late Edgar Froese.

This title is Valentin's dream - our journey through the stars - a message of hope and love.

Concerning the track "Ici et Maintenant" I wanted in all simplicity to pay homage to my family, to my friends, to the French musicians, to my homeland. It is important for me to share the present moment with my loved ones and with the listeners. It is also a transposition of music from the analog era to now with today's instruments.
Music is my language, my sharing, my emotions.“
Speech Balloon on Microsoft

Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Michel Rebelraiser
„The Berlin School is a complex music, which plays a lot on emotions and which are expressed in duration, while taking care to preserve the constant attention of the listener.
Is that why your three new titles are three different musical landscapes? So as not to tire the listener and place this album in a privileged position compared to the others?“
Speech Balloon on Microsoft

Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Sequentia Legenda:
„I don't know if the Berlin School is really complex music, it is for me "natural", I approach it with serenity and simplicity. It comes naturally if I may say. It is sometimes a real call, to which I respond present by dialing instinctively. Work does not frighten me, time has no hold on me when I am in my "creative bubble". I feel it, I live Berlin School and I share it through my music as best I can.

As for the length of my tracks, it takes me some time to be able to express myself freely, to place the sound beads along the conductor thread of my musical frame. I need this time to release all my emotions. For the moment, I didn't want to "impose" solos on the listeners so as not to freeze my pieces. On the contrary, I wanted to keep enough space to let my music breathe and live in order to offer a part of creativity when listening.
20 minutes is a good average to immerse the listener in my musical universe.

My music requires several listenings to discover and appreciate all of the sound subtleties  revealed during the exploration of my sound landscapes.

For me, there's not really a "privileged" album, it's always a new adventure, a new experience.
Each time you have to be able to sublimate yourself, to renew yourself while remaining to a certain extent in adequacy with the overall style of the Berlin School. Each album has its own story, its own experience.

So, I hope I was able to answer your questions, it was a real pleasure.
See you on May 17, my wife's birthday and official release of RENAISSANCE : -)
Good listening to all and long live the Berlin School !“
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Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Michel Rebelraiser
Thank you Laurent!
I wish you a good continuation and a full success to your next album, and your future plans.
Because I assume you do!
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Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Sequentia Legenda:
„For me, it is important to know how the listeners feel, it is finally a sharing of emotions and I take this opportunity to learn a little more about it.
In a few words, can you tell me when you discovered Berlin School music and more precisely tell me how you got to know my music?“
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Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Michel Rebelraiser
It's a long story!

From a very young age, I have always been attracted to music. But in all its forms. I started young with Tchaikovsky's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 at the age of 13. A real love at first sight! After that, growing up, I diversified and told myself that it wasn't ridiculous to love rock and classical music. Two different worlds, but not incompatible. And, driven by an insatiable musical curiosity, I was always looking for new sounds, new things.

It was through a magazine that I had heard about a movement, rather curious but terribly innovative, that the English Saxons had baptized with an unflattering nickname, krautrock, literally rock "sauerkraut". All the bands had strange names, Xhol, Limbus, Amon Duul ... And then Ash Ra Tempel, Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze, the Berlin School. I wanted to know more... Well, mostly listen. The only problem was that it was all very marginal and it was very difficult to find them in the shops. So, through my favourite record shop, I had them imported directly from Germany. Starting with the Berlin School! The very first one I listened to was Irrlicht de Schulze. What a punch and what a trip! I was flabbergasted and completely transported! From the little material he had at the time, he produced incredible sounds. Huge potential and extraordinary creativity! Then there was Cyborg from the same Klaus who confirmed all the good I could think of it, the first Tangerine Dream, ( Edgar Froese) Atem, Alpha Centauri, Zeit and Ash Ra Tempel( Manuel Gottsching), Schwingungen, Seven Up who definitely sealed this passion between me and this unclassifiable and terribly innovative music. And the krautrock of course! This attraction has never really ceased, just interrupted by other priorities, and not the least, my wife, my daughter!

Today, almost fifty years later, I say to myself that it is quite simply incredible to see to what extent this music has left its mark on people's minds. Especially in what way, it will have greatly influenced a whole generation of artists. Finally, it remains a timeless genre.

For your music, it was by chance that I discovered it! A faithful friend who knows my tastes perfectly as I know his, Michel C, had posted me your first album in link on my newspaper Facebook ! And he said, "You should like this!" He wasn't wrong! It was a delight to hear that the Berlin School was not dead. That she was reborn and in the most beautiful way... And that's how it all started…
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Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Sequentia Legenda:
„If we had to compare cosmic music from the 70s to the 80s with the music I propose today, which would it be?“ Speech Balloon on Microsoft


Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Michel Rebelraiser
The Berlin School of the 70s was analogue and quite contemplative. The artists discovered the Moog Synthesizer, this very mysterious instrument. And that fascinated everyone a little. We all remember the success of the global hit "Pop Corn". In 75, with the arrival of the sequencers, Tangerine Dream in particular, it takes another dimension. She's getting more punchy. Confirming in the 80s, with the appearance of digital and MIDI format where it established its popularity... A "dialogue" is established between the artist and his machine. And the Berlin School becomes more "accessible", less cold, more friendly and dynamic.

If I had to qualify your work, I would say Neo Berlin School years 2000, a new generation on the march. A fusion, a very successful synthesis of these different periods. But I keep saying it. Sharing emotions on a song that can last more than 30 minutes is complex. Many young musicians try this style, with more or less success. And it's undeniable that you are bringing this style up to date. Breathing new blood into him!
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Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Sequentia Legenda:
„If you had to put words, images on my compositions,
which would spontaneously come to mind?“
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Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Michel Rebelraiser
My own feeling, difficult to describe!

First of all, what you need to know is that, in order to appreciate this music, I isolate myself, in the figurative sense of the term of course, but this is in order to immerse myself in the artist's universe... Immerse myself in his musical world! After, depending on the song, notes, sequences, melody, emotions take over. And of all kinds! I remember that Schulze's Ballet 1, and its very strong evocative power, had stung my eyes. But it is essential because, as cold as ice, the Berlin School cannot, could not hang me. And then there are also varied images. Often serene and calm landscapes, rarely threatening or frightening. Lakes, seas, clouds, heavenly forests! Imaginary countries I don't know where they are. But it's very beautiful. After that, I can stay two, three minutes before coming down. And, as you rightly point out, several listening sessions are sometimes necessary to appreciate its richness.

We often call it Cosmic Music or "space music" but I find these two names a bit overused. Music is for dreaming, for escaping! The Berlin School is a perfect example. And there's nothing cosmic or high about it, just dream and escape.
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Speech Balloon on Microsoft  Sequentia Legenda:
„It was very informative and enriching.
Thank you for giving your global feeling on this type of music.“
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For information:
Michel Rebelraiser is in charge of a Blog dedicated to German rock of the 70's - 80's,
what has been called krautrock. And its derivatives, psychedelic, space rock,
stoner or post rock.


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RENAISSANCE will be my fifth album, a new opus, three new sound landscapes to explore. Three tracks compose this album, I have the pleasure to present you an excerpt of "Out of the Silence". This track will be the opening of RENAISSANCE and the introduction in this new sound universe.

Originally, it was at the request of Jean-Luc Briançon (Kurtz Mindfields) for a collaboration that I composed this title. The composition has been rearranged and reorganized from an initial duration of 9:09 to 21:53. The Modular Moog sequences are at the rendezvous, delivering a structure that will be followed by percussion. The finale is totally new, the sequential lines bathed in an airy and immersive atmosphere.

I wish you a lot of fun listening to "Out of the Silence".



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