Collectors Item: Japanese miniLP CD reissued in 2010 by Air Mail Recordings, Tokyo. Limited quantities available exported before the 2011 earthquake disaster. Authentic miniature recreation of the original 1976 Passport Records LP gatefold cardboard sleeve with period LP label artwork reproduced on the CD. Contains a bonus track, unlisted on the cover art, of the 1975 work demo for a segment of "Sequence 14." Digitally remastered CD derived from the original analog mix tapes.
“Sequencer” is the second SYNERGY project. The album was recorded in late 1975 and early 1976 after composer/producer Larry Fast had returned to the US from working in Europe with the progressive band Nektar. “Sequencer” continued the tradition of 1975’s “Electronic Realizations for Rock Orchestra”, composed and performed entirely on Moog and other synthesizers. Improvements in electronic instruments and recording technology made for an even more dynamic recording than was possible a year earlier.
Most of the album was composed by Larry Fast, but several pieces from other writers are featured. A single was released of an electronic reworking of Mason Williams’ “Classical Gas”; and a combination of Dvorak’s “Largo from the New World Symphony” and Ralph Towner’s “Icarus” generated attention for the skillful transformation of these pieces into the electronic idiom. The long-form set piece of the albums is Fast’s own “Sequence 14” composed with the early use of a digital sequencer.
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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