“Cords” is SYNERGY’s third album. Released in 1978, it was recorded simultaneously with Fast’s studio work during late 1977 and early 1978 on Peter Gabriel’s second solo album. There are several breakthroughs associated with “Cords.” It is the first SYNERGY album to feature another musician and composer other than Larry Fast. A newly developed guitar synthesizer was played and arranged by long-time associate Peter Sobel. The sonic textures of the guitar synth imparted a different and somewhat darker color to the SYNERGY production. New circuitry, some developed by Fast, introduced a wider range of electronic percussive sounds than previously possible. With all tracks composed by Fast alone or with Sobel, this is the first SYNERGY album with no cover tracks. Standout pieces are “Phobos” later re-recorded by the Tony Levin Band, and “Disruption In World Communication”. The album was again recorded using only electronic music instruments.
Featuring cover art by the famed UK graphics firm Hipgnosis (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Genesis and Peter Gabriel among many others), and originally released on clear vinyl, “Cords” took SYNERGY’s stature to a new level.
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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