“Electronic Realizations for Rock Orchestra” is Larry Fast’s first Synergy project release. In pre-production during 1974 and recorded during the first few weeks of 1975, upon its release in the spring of 1975 a new approach to electronic music was unleashed. Recorded with Moog and Oberheim synthesizers along with Mellotron textures, the album combined the precision approach to electronic instrument recording found in the masterful recordings of Wendy Carlos and Tomita with Fast’s rock musician sensibilities. His background in both electronic design as well as music and music production are evidenced by the care taken in the over one thousand overdubs required to complete the project.
The album combines Fast’s own compositions including the long-form pieces “Legacy” and “Warriors” as well as an interpretation of Richard Rodgers “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue”. The album charted high on the Billboard charts during its initial release.
Available here on digitally remastered CD derived from the original analog mix tapes.
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, Meat Loaf and many others have called on Larry's talents. In recognition of this expertise as well as being an electronic arranger and sound consultant, Larry Fast/SYNERGY has been the recipient of Keyboard Magazine's annual award for Best Synthesist.
Recent projects have included new albums and tours with former Peter Gabriel bandmates Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta performing as the Grammy® nominated Tony Levin Band; as co-writer and co-producer on Annie Haslam's newest recordings, and numerous other projects. Larry has also appeared onstage as a member of Wendy Carlos' Switched On Bach Ensemble.
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