Sequentaria is Jeffrey Koepper's third solo release. This release features Jeffrey Koepper's exploration of analogue sequencer styles and atmospheres. Jeffrey Koepper has been releasing excellent electronic music since 1985 in various groups and collaborations. Koepper is a unique electronic composer in today's world in that he uses a wide variety of vintage synthesizers and sequencers to create his emotional evolving sound-worlds. His mission is to create "The music of tomorrow with the technology of yesterday." Instruments by Oberheim, Arp, Sequential Circuits, Moog, PPG, Emu, Roland and others were put into service in the creation of Sequentaria.The use of the instruments is evident by the smooth lush organic textures and interlocking sequencer patterns that are not possible on modern instruments. All of the songs were created through live real time sound-sculpturing with the composer interacting directly with the tactile interface of the analogue synths and sequencers to make them arise, breathe and come to life.
Then the individual tracks are then mixed in real time using an analogue mixing desk and a variety of vintage effects devices. The composer melts the tracks into each other to create these beautiful soundscapes and rhythms.
Steve Roach was integral in the final arrangement and finishing treatments of Sequentaria.
Third time is indeed a charm in Jeffrey Koepper’s case—Sequentaria demonstrates a guy who can’t be stopped, and no one should try. A man so in love with electronic sound and its capabilities that he proudly lists the equipment used for each track (though granted this is practically de rigueur amongst synth aficionados), Koepper possesses some extraordinary compositional dexterity and a flair for the dramatic that enable his roaring electrifications to deflect whatever cursory TD glances are thrown at them. And those referents exist in abundance: “Blue Sector” dodges bullets shot out from Hyperborea and Tangram; “Astral Projection” and “Near Machinery” feloniously challenge Thief’s similarly sleek, fleet, streamlined assaults; “Synchronous” is simply pure sequencer dazzle, informed by a supine grace underpinned with stealthy ferocity. Comparisons, influences, quotation marks aside, Koepper’s creations dare you to holler “foul!”—svelte and savvy, a smooth operator twisting knobs in a display of balletic razzledazzle, it’s apparent to anyone well-schooled in, well, Berlin school techniques, that Koepper’s malleability, his honest embracement of the Teutonic birthright, oozing the right stuff, neuters any charges of “retro” that might be levied. Once sent spiraling across the ten-minute breadth of “Creation”, as Koepper’s sequencers Prophet-ize a simultaneous second coming of Richard Pinhas’ own fevered (tangerine) dreams, the only necessary choice is one of total submission to its onslaught. Smashing. DARREN BERGSTEIN •
This release from 2008 offers 71 minutes of masterful electronic music.
This time, Koepper did it all, with final mastering by Steve Roach.
A masterful confidence permeates the electronics on this album. Tonal foundations are fairly buried beneath layers of enthralling lead riffs that intertwine to produce a lavish tapestry of delightfully compelling tunes.
Sparkling loops and gurgling textures provide ample ambience, but Koepper’s manner of nudging these aspects into the forefront of the mix enlivens the music. This luscious dominance results in a constant state of blossoming brilliance These songs exude an immensely appealing sophistication bursting with electronic vitality and bewitching melodies.
Keyboards introduce even more threads to that crowded tapestry, resulting in melodies that are dense but not ponderous. Cycles are established, then embellished slowly, hiding their evolution in the thick mix, only to pop forth ripe with entrancing splendor. Stunning pinnacles abound in these tunes.
E-perc serves to boost a few tunes with bouncy rhythms. Other tracks rely upon strident keyboard patterns to establish a rhythmic presence; these low-impact tempos often possess more oomph than any percussion could produce.
Koepper’s ability to imbue simple riffs with lofty eminence is astounding. His tendency to combine numerous minimal elements into lavish structures of pulsating puissance is guaranteed to be an ultimate satisfaction to EM enthusiasts seeking music that bridles with energized vigor while retaining a mesmerizing edge.
The compositions flourish with a rich sense of regal command. These soothing melodies generate a pronounced invigoration, gradually accruing power with each subsequent passage until an impressive stage of epicurean grandeur is achieved.
matt howarth - sonic curiosity (2008)
Jeffrey Koepper’s third release Sequentaria finds him fully in retro mode, with catchy melodic EM in the style of Tangerine Dream from the early 1980s, perhaps my favorite era of theirs, with the trio of Froese, Franke and Schmoelling. For example, “Blue Sector” sounds like it could have fit comfortably on Exit. The simple pulsing rhythm, the cool vintage sounds from the PPG Wave, the stutter-step sequencing, it all plays out perfectly for a warm and inviting beginning. “Astral Projection” starts out all bubbly and spacey, taking its sweet time before hypnotic sequencing again envelops you. The pacing on “Timeline” is particularly effective, chugging along just so. Classic synth lead lines will have Teutonic enthusiasts in heaven. “Near Machinery” is one of my favorites, a perfect blend of soft, rapid sequencing, adept synth solos, and warm pads. “Interphase” gives a nod to Jean-Michel Jarre with its tinkling crisp percussion that harkens back to the days of Oxygene. Each selection is allowed just the right amount of time to develop and set the mood before moving on to the next juncture. And to the delight of gearheads, Koepper gives the complete run-down of the synths and sequencers used on each and every track. Required listening for Berlin school fans.
phil derby - electro ambient space (2008)
SEQUENTARIA New 2008 digi-pack cd from electronic keyboard master JEFFREY KOEPPER! This is his 3rd and best release so far! The cd is full of beautiful electronic sound scapes in the classic 70's Tangerine Dream style! Nice long pieces drift and take you on amazing journeys with electronic rhythms and sequences. Fans of Radio Massacre
International, Ark, Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd, Ashra, and Klause Schultz, will love this. GRADE A
jeremy morris - jam records (2008)
Jeffrey Koepper cannot be accused of rushing Sequentaria (70'56") to the marketplace; it sounds as though he has been working on it for over 30 years. His third CD is a robust tour of 1970s and '80s sequencer music - falling somewhere between the venerable Poland, Oxygene and Equinoxe. Although inspired by the first era in electronic music we recognize as our own, Koepper is unafraid to be unfaithful. The originals disappear into this artist's core and the music becomes his alone. Using classic analogue instruments alongside modern hybrids, intertwining sequencer patterns head for the horizon while churning synth pads and buzzing keyboard melodies rise skyward. Electro-percussion approximates a samba rhythm section and ambles through a synthetic landscape rife with heady lead lines. Robo-drums march beneath swelling harmonies, chirping alien-choir and fat tunes spun on vintage gear. From brave anthems and galloping arpeggios all the way down to the introspective phasing of two oscillators, Sequentaria shines brightly in the Spacemusic continuum.
- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END Ambient Radio 9 April 2008
chuck van zxl - starsend (Apr 9, 2008)