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Helio Sequence

9 years ago by Tom Murphy
Middle-school friends Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel started playing out as Helio Sequence in 1999. Layering synthesizers to hover around the latter's expressive percussion and the former's minimalist yet huge guitar sound, early records sounded as though Helio Sequence was an all-electronic band. The outfit's effusive psychedelia was reminiscent of...

The Helio Sequence

14 years ago by Tom Murphy
John Vanderslice and Flying Saucer Attack proved that home recordings could be just as layered and rich as anything recorded in a "real" studio. The Helio Sequence's expansive sound comprises engulfing atmospheres, swirling melodies and propulsive rhythms, and the band's psychedelic flavorings lend the music a deliciously heady quality reminiscent...

LEGO sequencer builds sound from colored blocks

12 years ago by Cory Casciato
Behold the awesome majesty of the Lego Sequencer MR II. This brilliant instrument is the work of Yoshi Akai, an avant garde artist/musician/audio mad scientist from Japan currently blowing the minds of folks the world over from his base in Sweden. Akai has turned a background in textile art and...

The Best of Denver 2014: Music category winners

7 years ago by Westword Staff
Westword's annual Best of Denver issue is on newsstands now. Within it, you'll find several hundred of our favorite things about this city, everything from best handcrafted signs to best tater tots. Go find yourself a copy to earmark and keep in your car or bicycle basket or whatever. It's...

Brandon Summers of the Helio Sequence on the unlikely influence of Frank Sinatra on the band

8 years ago by Tom Murphy
Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel formed the Helio Sequence in Beaverton, Oregon, in 1999. On their first few releases, the duo created vividly realized, playfully psychedelic songs that made a languid, rockist format seem expansive and upbeat, particularly 2001's Young Effectuals, which was like a day-glo-hued daydream of an album...

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