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Wednesday, September 9, 1998

Review - Sequencer

Artist: Synergy

Posted on Wed, Sep 9, 1998 at 4:00 AM

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.

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