He is a synthesiser
player and composer born Lawrence Roger Fast in Newark and raised in Livingston, New Jersey, who learned the violin and piano before
entering Pennsylvania’s Lafayette College to study for a degree in history.
While at the
college he found an interest in using a computer coupled with his music experience
to create synthesized sound. This
led to him making some of his own sound devices and after becoming
acquainted with the acclaimed keyboardist Rick Wakeman
at a radio interview, he found himself flying to the UK in 1974 to work with the group Yes. He worked on their successful Tales from Topographic Oceans album.
While in the UK he secured a recording contract with
Passport Records and in 1975 he released Electronic Realizations for Rock Orchestra using the name Synergy
which became the first in a series of highly acclaimed electronic and synthesized
sound albums by him. There were
8 albums released during the 1970s and ‘80s with further appearing during
the 1990s and 2000s. In 2013
the compilation Possibilities of Circumstance
was issued with the track “Tower Indigo” which was the first
new one in quite a few years.
While working on
his Synergy albums during the course of his career, he recorded and toured
with Peter Gabriel from 1976 to 1986.
He also became a much sought after studio musician to provide his
type of sound to recordings and programmings by countless
other artists and groups. Some
of these artists include Michael Bolton, The Dream Academy, Eon, Serge Gainsbourg, Garland Jeffreys,
Tony Levin Band, Magnet, Nektar, Randy Newman, Richie Sambora, Shadowfax, David Spinozza, Rick
Springfield, Billy Squier, John Tropea, Bonnie Tyler and Rosie Vela.
As you will
imagine, his album output is massive and a few of these, outwith his own Synergy recordings, are Greatest Hits by Air Supply, The Key by Joan Armatrading,
The Revolution by Night by Bue Oyster Cult, Never
For Ever by Kate Bush, It’s
About Time by John Denver, Very
Together by Deodato, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band/Meets King Penett by Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, Records by Foreigner, Security by Peter Gabriel, X-Static, Private eyes and H2O by Daryl Hall and John Oates, Dead
Ringer by Meat Loaf, Back Against
the Wall by Pink Floyd, Middle
Man by Boz Scaggs, Come Upstairs by Carly
Simon, In the Heat by Southside
Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Morning
Dance by Spyro Gyra,
Emotion by Barbra Streisand and Lady Put the Light Out by Frankie Valli. His
work has also been heard on The
Jupiter Menace documentary and in an episode of the UK’s long running The South Bank Show.
Outside of the
music industry he has worked on the design of listening devices for people
with hearing disabilities. He
is also active, as a member of a government group, in the prevention of developers
gaining access to some of the historical assets of New Jersey.
He is a multi-patent
owner in the field of optical distribution using infrared audio technologies.
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