The artist named Sequentia Legenda (Laurent Schieber) is a French musician/synthesist of Berlin School Music (B.S.M.), he lives in France, near Switzerland and Germany.
The musician released his debut album, entitled “BLUE DREAM” in December 2014. Other albums have been nominated for the Schallwelle Awards, the German electronic music prize. His discography currently consists of 6 digital and CD/Cdr albums, a double album “EXTENDED” and two albums in digital version.
Sequentia Legenda has also made collaborations with Tommy Betzler (Klaus Schulze’s drummer in the mid 80’s’) as well as with Kurzt Mindfields (Jean-Luc Briançon) and with Michael Brückner (Live Session).
BLUE DREAM – FLY OVER ME (Excerpt) Sequentia Legenda
Who is Sequentia Legenda? Tell us a little about yourself!
“I am a French synthesist, who shares with sensitivity, sincerity and passion, his own vision of the Berlin School. I am happy to be able to offer a part of dream, a bit of escape to the listeners. For me, music remains a vector of Hope and Love.”
How is your first steps, approach to the music?
“It was in 1980, when I was 15 years old, that everything really started with the discovery of Klaus Schulze’s music. The album “Mirage” was for me a real trigger, my musical trigger! I then went through several stages, first with analog synthesizers, then with digital instruments and it is thus recently with virtual instruments that I brought my musical work to light with BLUE DREAM my first album released in 2014.”
How you define your music?
“My music is an invitation to dream, an immersive journey, an introspection, a cosmic journey. My sound universes are composed of loops of sequencers in constant evolution accompanied by layers and choruses and sometimes percussion. Among these elements, melodic lines are punctually added. It is a music that allows you to get out and forget this tumultuous daily life, where everything has to go fast, much too fast! It is through the overall atmosphere and all its subtleties that one can perceive all my sensitivity.”
SEQUENTIA LEGENDA – MIND LAKE (experimental version)
What musicians or groups formed you as a musician?
“In the domain of electronic music, my influences tend towards Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre and of course the one who will always remain my mentor: Klaus Schulze. I have a deep respect for the founding members of the Berlin School and I deeply regret the passing of Edgar Froese.”
What genre of music you listen, especially?
“I still listen to the great classics of Klaus Schulze or Tangerine Dream, if not more generally classical music or jazz. As a music lover, I appreciate U2, Pink Floyd, Tears For fears, Talk Talk, Depeche Mode or Marillion.”
SEQUENTIA LEGENDA – SOLITUDES LUNAIRES (Track 5)
Could you describe how you record in your studio?
“In my home studio, I’m in my bubble and time doesn’t really have a hold on me anymore. The big difficulty is to end a composition session. I’ve got my own habits, my own points of reference, my own idiosyncrasies. I work with virtual synthesizers, such as those in Arturia’s collection.”
Hoy you prepare a live set, a concert?
“When a concert is in sight, I start my rehearsals a few days before the concert. It is necessary for me to give myself as much security as possible and rehearsals are part of this. My tracks consist of a pre-programmed part and other tracks are available for live performance. I now know that each stage performance will be unique and that nothing is predictable. It’s a new experience every time. The contact with the audience is a privilege, a richness.”
SEQUENTIA LEGENDA – Floating Time (excerpt)
Three facts that affected your life, deeply?
“The birth of my two sons Valentin and Dylan. The death of my first wife Nathalie.”
I am glad for your sons. I am sorry for lose of your first wife. Life have unexpected ways to test us in all kind of emotions.
Thank you. Fortunately, life offers us good moments that we must then know how to seize them and make the most of them. I’m working on me, on this aspect. I have my two suns (Valentin and Dylan) by my side and I stay strong and straight for my two sons!
VALENTINS TRAUM BY SEQUENTIA LEGENDA (a 10-minute excerpt)
How do you elaborate your compositions?
Sequentia Legenda : “The beginning of a new opus is an important moment, it is each time unique and particular. It is a new story that is written, that develops with sensitivity, meticulousness and passion. I always leave myself a little time between two albums, until, when the time comes, I feel this strong and characteristic attraction that will push me in front of my keyboards and allow me to release my creative impulses. I don’t really have any clear rules when I’m in the creative and experimental phase, however, I have to admit that the sequencer plays a primordial role and it remains my favourite tool.”
SEQUENTIA LEGENDA – OVER THERE
What kind of landscapes inspire you the best?
Sequentia Legenda : “I will say landscapes from my imagination and also those coming from fantastic worlds, places conducive to dreams. I like science-fiction worlds, legendary worlds, space, mysticism as well.”
BERLIN SCHOOL MUSIC – AMIRA BY SEQUENTIA LEGENDA
What is your vision of the future of our civilization?
“I worry a lot about my two sons, to be honest. One of them is a young and adorable autistic boy and I hope that he will be able to blossom and find sufficient autonomy. I don’t think the world will be able to stay as it is today. I hope for a change, but I hope that it will be as gentle and as favourable as possible for all of us on this earth. I still believe in Love and Hope, in spite of my trials in life.”
BEYOND THE STARS (Work in progress) Berlin School
What is the space for you?
The Blue! The whole range of blue. Escape, a source of inspiration and serenity.
CIRCUMNAVIGATION (work in progress) Berlin School
What mesages you spread with your music?
“My music comes from my heart, from my soul. It is a sharing of emotions with the listeners. And if I can make my own contribution to this beautiful musical movement that is the Berlin School, then I will have succeeded in my bet and I will have had the privilege of being able to live my dream.”
Thank you for this interview! I’m sure we aroused the interest to, of our readers, in listening and searching for your albums and concerts. We HOPE to listen you in a concert in Romania, with LOVE!
“The pleasure is all mine, thank you for your invitation and for all the interest shown in my music. I know that Romanians are great fans of electronic music and indeed I would be delighted to perform in your country.”
AU REVOIR – SEQUENTIA LEGENDA
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