Larry Fast is best known for his series of pioneering
electronic music albums recorded under the project name
SYNERGY. He is also known for his work with Peter Gabriel,
playing synthesizer on records and on tour, and rounding
out the production team on many of Peter's albums for
nearly a decade.
The shimmering electronic textures of the first SYNERGY
album in 1975 led to an invitation for Larry to come to
Europe and work with the distinguished British-German
band Nektar, then enjoying top 20 success in the US.
Following an album ("Recycled") and a tour with Nektar,
Larry was contacted by Peter Gabriel who had recently left
Genesis. Larry was asked to contribute to Peter's subsequent
solo albums and tours. Larry's synthesizer playing is heard
on all of Peter's early solo albums, but Peter's breakthrough
albums, his third solo record (the one with "Games Without
Frontiers" and "Biko"), and "Security" ("Shock The Monkey")
feature Larry's electronic production skills as well as his
introducing Peter to programmable drum machines leading
to a newfound emphasis on rhythm in Peter's music.
Larry's production credits show the influence that his control
of music technology has had on other artist's styles. All
through the 1980's and into the 1990's Larry has worked
with an endless stream of world-class artists and producers,
and as a producer himself. Artists as diverse as Hall & Oates,
Foreigner, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora and David Bryan,
Barbra Streisand, Annie Haslam (Renaissance), Randy
Newman, Joan Armatrading, MeatLoaf and many others
have called on Larry's talents.
RECONSTRUCTED ARTIFACTS is a new collection of
recordings made in January and February 2002 of classic,
older Synergy pieces from the 1970s and 1980s, newly
performed on digital synthesizers and recorded digitally,
(see below for the titles). They are completely new
recordings and performances.
Reconstructed Artifacts happened as a by product of
preparations for a live Synergy appearance at the
Alfa-Centauri Electronic Music Festival, Bussum, in the
Netherlands in March, 2002. After reconstructing the original
analogue patches on turn of the 21st century digital hardware
and software synthesizers and relearning the arrangements,
it became obvious that making recordings of the completed
pieces would be a logical next step.
The man behind Synergy is Larry Fast a native of New
Jersey who was to have a far-reaching effect on the use
of synthesizers in rock music during the seventies and
Larry Fast first came to prominence with the release of
the debut album from Synergy called Electronic Realizations
For Rock Orchestra in 1975. Prior to the release of Synergy's
debut Larry Fast had been at college. Initially Larry trained
as a violinist and pianist before entering college and taking
a few computer science courses. It was during this period
that he became interested in synthesized music and began
to build his own synthesizers. At this time Larry was introduced
to Rick Wakeman at a local radio station and both musicians
enjoyed an immediate rapport with Larry Fast interesting
Rick Wakeman in his home made instruments and his
customizing of existing synthesizers. He was invited over
to England to assist with the synthesizers on the Yes album
Tales From Topographic Oceans. Shortly after this Larry
Fast gained a record contract, which saw the beginning of
Synergy and the subsequent release of the debut album
which received plaudits from no lesser person than Robert
Moog himself who at the time claimed the album to be "the
most important recording using his Moog synthesizer". Soon
after the release of the debut Synergy album Larry Fast was
introduced to Peter Gabriel who at the time had just left
Genesis to embark on a solo career and Larry was invited by
Gabriel to help with the synthesizer work on Peter's series of
self titled solo albums. During this time Larry also worked as
part of Peter Gabriel's live band and performed on many
sessions for diverse artists including Foreigner, Kate Bush,
Art Garfunkel, Hall and Oates and The Fugees in addition to
recording and releasing albums with Synergy. During the
eighties Larry Fast also moved into film work scoring the
films About Last Night and Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
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