As the singular force behind Synergy, Larry Fast was among the first wave of '70s electronic musicians. A contemporary of Wendy Carlos, Jean Michel Jarre and Brian Eno, Fast helped guide Peter Gabriel's late '70s turn toward electronics. The Chronicles imprint recently reissued Synergy's first three albums from the mid-'70s, allowing a whole new generation of listeners a portal to this time period.
Fast's classical melodies, his love of rock riffs and rhythms and his exploration of synthesizers made for some engaging music. While some of 1976's "Sequencer" sounds dated, other tracks are timeless examples of other-worldly electronic music. His interpretation of Mason Williams' "Classical Gas" erupts into a study of sequenced bass-lines, furious leads and swelling analog-filter sounds.
For those who ventured into electronic music via techno, "Sequencer" serves as a lesson on the evolution of the synthesizer.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at [email protected].
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.
Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.