On Presuming to Be Modern II - Synergy, Fast, LFast, Larry
A Small Collection of Chords
Full Moon Flyer
Terra Incognita - Synergy, Sobel, P.
On Presuming to Be Modern III
Cords was the third album to be released from Synergy and was originally released in 1978 whilst Larry Fast was recording and working with Peter Gabriel on his second solo album. The album is wholly composed and performed ... more »by Larry fast and contains the tracks Full Moon Flyer, Trellis and Terra Incognita. Cords has been re mastered for release alongside the other Synergy releases, which will be re released over the coming six months.« less
Cords was the third album to be released from Synergy and was originally released in 1978 whilst Larry Fast was recording and working with Peter Gabriel on his second solo album. The album is wholly composed and performed by Larry fast and contains the tracks Full Moon Flyer, Trellis and Terra Incognita. Cords has been re mastered for release alongside the other Synergy releases, which will be re released over the coming six months.
"This album blew me away in 1977 as a thoughtful, fast-forward use of electronic instrumentation for melodic music. While others around were utilizing similar technology, this album is truly inspired with music commensurate with the instrumentation (technology) that moves from beginning to end with the right mix of excitement and understatement making this a truly classic recording."
My second favorite Synergy album
John L. Rice | Tacoma, WA United States | 03/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While I like Sequencer a little better than Chords, I like Chords better than the first album.
My incentive to post a review though is that the editorial blurb states : "The album is wholly composed and performed by Larry fast" which I believe is incorrect.
Chords was the first Synergy album to include any form of guitar work, specifically in the form of an early prototype synth guitar and it was performed by someone other than Mr. Fast.
Really interesting stuff though, with a 'darker' feel than the first two albums. This one is a must have for synthesizer fans in my humble opinion."
One of Fast's Better Efforts
Chromefreak | 10/31/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"While I can quite well do without most of Larry Fast's solo albums as Synergy, Cords is actually listenable and even approaches artistic competence, particularly on experimental pieces like "Phobos and Deimos Go to Mars" and the avant-classical trilogy "On Presuming to Be Modern." Ordinarily, contemporary electronic music with a thick, lingering classical aura is overblown and pretensious. Cords can--and does, at times--fall prey to such faults. Still, it's worth a listen to aficianados of synthesizers."
Rich, complex, fascinating music!
J. Kemker | Tucker, GA United States | 09/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first discovered Synergy with this album when it first came out. I still own that original clear vinyl LP.
Larry Fast weaves a tapestry of music that evokes dervishes, grand symphonies, syncopation, chamber music and a myriad of other styles, all within a coherent motif that flows from one piece to the next. I rarely get tired of listening to this album.
This is electronic music at its best. Instead of depending on repetitive drum tracks, etc. Fast creates music that utilizes traditional styles, while forging new territory using his imagination.
Favorite tracks: Deimos and Phobos Go To Mars Disruption in World Communications A Small Collection of Chords"