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Jeffrey Koepper "Sequentaria"
Analog bliss from Jeffrey Koepper
Jeffrey Koepper's latest release "Sequentaria" is a wonderful selection of brilliant analog tracks incorporating a wide variety of synths that create a very organic and traditional space-y electronic sound. The result is a fascinating and engaging sonic journey to the stars and back with Koepper as your guide.
"Blue Sector" opens the disc with a beat-driven sequenced track that establishes the space imagery, the sounds of a trip deep into the stars. Deep pads and sequenced tones play around eachother, blending and feeding off of one another resulting in a dense yet accessible piece that evokes images of stars and nebulae passing by, the inky black depths of space the only constant in an otherwise shifting landscape.
"Astral Projection" blends in seemlessly from the preceeding track. Fluid tones ooze up from a molten opening, building in volume and strength, ultimately leading into a bubbling bed of sounds that flow and ooze through the soundscape. A great track to be sure.
"Timeline" has an alien quality to it, elongated tones that suggests decaying civilizations and lost cultures. It's a haunting piece, a track filled with ghosts and long forgotten memories, sounds rising up from a slowly churning bed of pads, eventually gaining clarity and form in the shape of a sequenced line that accompanies a very nice analog melody.
Track four, "Near Machinery", opens with the sound of flowing pads and tide-like tones, eventually leading into a fast and frenzied sequencer line that dominates the track. High pitched synths play an oblique melody overtop the sequencer work and small melodies come and go as the track continues. Very nicely done.
"Interphase" is a return to familiar spaces. A nice highhat driven rhythm moves the track along, while shifting pads flow and circle around eachother. Occasional tones pass through the soundscape, adding a nice colour to the track, some celestial seasoning as it were. It's a nicely executed track, one that very effectively suggests the idea of space travel.
"Synchronus" is a fine example of sequenced synth work, repeated patterns looping around eachother to create a wall of sound that grows and develops as the track goes on. As time passes more elements are added, often subtle at first, but becoming more noticeable as the track continues. A very nice demonstration of how a track can be built up and developed.
"Parallel Being" follows directly out of the order of the previous track, opening with a more free form sound grounded by a steady drone. As the track continues steady synthlines weave their way into the soundscape, along with light percussive elements paired with some nice melodic work. It's a playful track, one that incorporates a variety of styles and sounds to great effect, and surely one of my favorites on the disc.
"One Hundred Memories" returns to a more sequence driven sound, tones growing organically as the track progresses. It's a nice blend of sequenced and live work, looping patterns facing off nicely against melodic elements.
"Creation" closes the disc, building up the track from a single oscilating tone, adding both melodic and percussive elements as the track continues until it eventually becomes a brilliant wall of sound, tones and melodies mixing and wrapping around eachother in an engaging way until the track peaks and then drifts away. A very impressive track and a lovely way to close the disc.
I've often speculated on what it is that makes analog recordings so spacey to me, what it is that conjures such cosmic imagery. I've never been able to come up with an answer that satisfies, but listening a disc like "Sequentaria" I can totally hear that spacey sound that I'm so fond of, and an answer to my question seems far less important to me than being able to wander through the stars. An excellent disc for wandering, listening and just imagining, "Sequentaria" comes highly recommended by this reviewer.
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last updated 04/22/11