dimanche 11 décembre 2022

Portrait of Sequentia Legenda – Beyond the heritage of the Berlin School

Portrait of Sequentia Legenda – Beyond the heritage of the Berlin School
Portrait by Christophe Bargeault
originally produced for Patch Work Music

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Christophe Bargeault interview Sequentia Legenda
Music, benevolence and spirituality

This portrait is dedicated to Sequentia Legenda who offered us just before the summer their latest opus RESONANCES. Beyond the legacy of the Berlin School genre that he has received and that he is passing on in turn, Laurent Schieber was kind enough to share with us a few moments of kindness and spirituality.

Christophe Bargeault: "Laurent, after having taken us beyond the stars, then to a celestial universe, you offer us a new album where everyone will find a way to enter in resonance with the universe. Can you tell us how RESONANCES was born and do you consider it as a follow-up to BEYOND THE STARS and "CELESTIAL"?

Sequentia Legenda: "Since BLUE DREAM, I think I can say that each album that has come out is a sequel in itself, an evolution of my musical vision. I can also happily say that with this latest album my music has just ascended towards ever more spiritual vibrations. RESONANCES is for me a pivotal album for several reasons. The birth of RESONANCES happened instinctively, naturally, with the help of a – guidance – that allowed me to bring to light the channeled message and all the emotions that went through me. I thank this divine chance which was granted to me, I am proud and happy to be able to share with the listeners joy, dreams and well-being. RESONANCES is also a highlight of my convictions for a better, fairer and brighter world. This album is the affirmation of my work on the side of Light, Love and Hope. RESONANCES is the direct announcement of ALCYONE which will be my next album for 2023."

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Christophe Bargeault interview Sequentia Legenda
Musical universe in perpetual resonance

Christophe Bargeault: "RESONANCES is offered to us using a process that uses the frequency 432 Hz. Can you explain this choice?"

Sequentia Legenda: "I wanted to work on my three compositions in the frequency of 432 Hz which is in harmony with the heart, nature and the universe. I wanted to offer listeners an even more spiritual approach to music and propose three vibratory universes that would allow for a resonance, a connection with one's own inner symphony."

Christophe Bargeault: "Spirituality is very much a part of your musical universe. In fact, you have presented RESONANCES as an album of "great spirituality at the service of the listener". We also find many references to spirituality in your discography (Beyond from beyond, Fly over me, Elevation, Luminosa veritas, Celestial, Heavenly resonance). This spirituality seems to be an important part of your life. How does it play a part in your compositional process?"

Sequentia Legenda: "Spirituality is part of my evolution, it has always been present in me, around me. It accompanies me, guides me through my intuitions, makes me move forward and grow. It is the same for my musical adventure that I have the happiness to live, which evolves, transmutes little by little to become always a little more spiritual. There is always a sign, if I may say so, an energy that will propel me towards the keyboards. It's magnetic, it's magical. When I compose, I feel things from the inside, the vibrations crystallize, I let them impregnate me, and then I put them to music. It's the heart that speaks before anything else! Thanks to this spirituality and to listening to it, the process of creation is a real guidance, a journey out of time, an inexhaustible source of energy and love. I am delighted to be able to share what I receive, with passion and sincerity. This is my way of working alongside the Light."

Christophe Bargeault: "The first notes of RESONANCES were released on your Youtube channel in the summer of 2021. What steps did you take to get to this finalized album? Do the comments left by internet users have an impact on your creative process?"

Sequentia Legenda: "It is interesting for me to hear the feelings of the listeners. Reading the comments is also a source of motivation and inspiration. I am often reminded of one such comment. One listener wrote to me that his toothache had almost disappeared after listening to my music. In the same vein, I was pleased to read that my music was a medicine. What more can I say? If not the most beautiful gift, a beautiful reward, which I fully savour. It is a delight to be able to share a source of happiness and serenity – Gratitude. After having put some extracts online, I continued the composition work, mainly concerning the third title. It was important to me to bring the three sound worlds together. Then, I proceeded to adjustments and optimizations, in order to highlight certain parts, while keeping in focus, the colour, the atmosphere and the global warmth that I wanted to offer to this album. The mastering phase was the last step. I like to add that final specific patina, that varnish conducive to sonic unison."

Christophe Bargeault: "Of all the comments that can be found about your music, most agree that you have a signature that you have a signature sound of your own. How would you describe what characterise the Sequentia Legenda sound?"

Sequentia Legenda: "I am happy and honoured to hear about a Sequentia Legenda signature, it is a great reward. I would say without hesitation that this signature is channelled directly from the depths of my being. And, above all, it is with my heart and my soul that the Sequentia Legenda sound is truly built. As for the technical part, it is a balancing act between creativity and rigour that must be established. I obviously have my reference points, my automatisms, I use the sequencers a bit like a sculptor, in order to make the different loops cohabit. Sound research is essential and sometimes it can be time consuming. I am demanding and I pay a lot of attention to the sound grain, so that it is rich, coherent and reflects my musical vision. However, the notion of freedom remains paramount. This is how this sound will be able to evolve again and again. I won't dwell on the technical aspect, because in my opinion, it's the emotional part that prevails. It is a sincere sharing with the listeners and I believe that it is precisely this sincerity that is the main characteristic of the Sequentia Legenda sound."

Christophe Bargeault: "Your approach reminds me of Klaus Schulze, who used to explain in his interviews that he started a new album by looking for new sounds, like a to begin a new album by searching for new sounds, like a sculptor who goes to look for his raw material like a sculptor who goes looking for his raw material before working on it and giving it life. Do you share this initial phase or are the sounds and melodic ideas born first of all according to the emotions you want to create? according to the emotions you want to create?"

Sequentia Legenda: "After a certain period of time, there is a real call to the keyboards, so to speak. This is the signal. Then the phase of discovery begins, of research in every respect. It's a special moment, something unique, highly emotional too. There's no real rule, either it's a particular sound that will be a trigger, or a sequencer line that will propel me, or the atmosphere of a string section that will make me take off. It's really all about my emotional state, my sensitivity and my level of awareness and reception. Each time it is a new beginning, a thrilling creative birth."

Christophe Bargeault:
"Speaking of Klaus Schulze, you paid tribute to him in May in the special issue of PWM Calepins. Would you say that, without him, your musical path would have been different?"

Sequentia Legenda: "I would like to say that without him my musical journey would not have been possible. In my eyes, chance doesn't really exist, I prefer to talk about synchronicities. It was in my parents' vinyl collection that I discovered a cover that literally attracted me – like a magnet – that of the album MIRAGE, illustrated with a stylised portrait of Klaus Schulze. It was literally explosive for me, for my ears, for my whole body! From the very first time I listened to it, something happened to me that was to become my musical trigger! Thank you mother, because it was she who, after a concert of Klaus in Mulhouse, had bought Mirage, this fantastic album. A cover, a piece of music, an artist and my life was turned upside down."

Christophe Bargeault: "Just as with Mirage, the cover is often the first contact with an album, an artist, or a artist. Your choice of covers is always careful. They are always evocative of the feeling the feeling that accompanies each of your albums."

Sequentia Legenda: "Indeed, in my eyes, the cover is important and I attach a lot of time and care to it. For me, music and image are one and the same."

Christophe Bargeault: "You show gratitude and in return your audience always responds to every new song or album you release. new song or album you release. Your previous releases have even been nominated for at the Schallwelle Awards, which is a great reward."

Sequentia Legenda: "I must admit that I am always delighted by the public's reception of a new album. It's pure happiness, a balm to the heart. As far as the nominations for the Schallwelle Awards are concerned, it is always a great joy to be able to go there and actively participate in this beautiful musical and family celebration. The Schallwelle Awards is ultimately a big family of musicians and listeners who get together to vibrate in communion. Indeed, it is a beautiful reward. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Sylvia Sommerfeld, who was instrumental in creating the Schallwelle Award and who unfortunately passed away at the end of 2021. I had the pleasure of being welcomed by Sylvia, with the great kindness that characterised her. Overall, I must say that the welcome and the fervour shown towards my music touched me a lot, it is a beautiful reward, a beautiful adventure. The Berlin School "made in France" defends itself rather well I think. But I admit that it's still very complicated to win an award in Germany against German musicians and bands... But I'm already happy to be able to appear at the Schallwelle in the land of the Berliner Schule and who knows, maybe one day Sequentia Legenda will be among the first three."

Christophe Bargeault: "In this musical universe in perpetual resonance, are there any artists that you follow you follow?"

Sequentia Legenda: "I admit that I certainly don't listen enough to what other artists are doing now. I still stick to the classics. Without wanting to make excuses, it is perhaps also due to a lack of time. Between my two sons, my professional activity, the solo management of daily tasks and the management of everything revolving around my music, there is not much time left. I mainly listen to Klaus Schulze, sometimes also to Tangerine Dream and from time to time to some current musicians like Kurz Mindfields, Michael Brückner or Awenson to name a few. I also like to listen to classical music and jazz. Compared to electronic music and the Berlin School in particular, the Berlin School "made in France" brings an additional nuance to this movement. For me, music is a sign of Hope, Freedom and Love. I am certain that the Berlin School will remain a music that is conducive to dreams. Of course, it is a musical niche, but it is for this movement that my heart beats and as long as I still have something to express, to share, it alone will be my refuge."

Christophe Bargeault: "The final word."

Sequentia Legenda: "It was a great pleasure for me to take part in this interview, thanks to you Christophe for this initiative and to Patch Work Music. I hope that the listeners and readers will take as much pleasure in reading it."

Trailer of the next musical opus of Sequentia Legenda :
The 432 Hz Berlin School Box

The 432 Hz Berlin School Box by Sequentia Legenda

This double album contains 5 tracks from my discography, revisited and tuned to the 432 Hz. This project has been maturing since the beginning of this year, it is in September that it really took shape, to finally become a real challenge in November following the death of my Mom. I really wanted to put my compositions in unison with this warm and natural frequency, favourable to introspection, escape and elevation. It is part of my musical vision, that of a deep and harmonious sharing with the public.

For this project, I had the pleasure to be able to count on a collaboration from Switzerland in the person of Nicolas Picciotto who took care of remixing and remastering two of my compositions.

The 432 Hz Berlin School Box : A Heart to Heart Sharing

Official release on 17 December 2022.



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