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Reconstructed Artifacts Import

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Repressing. UK release by Electronic pioneer Larry Fast and his Synergy project. Reconstructed Artifacts happened as a byproduct of preparations for a live Synergy appearance at the Alfa-Centauri Electronic Music Festival, Bussum, in the Netherlands in March, 2002. After reconstructing the original analogue patches on turn of the 21st century digital hardware and software synthesizers and relearning the arrangements, it became obvious that making recordings of the completed pieces would be a logical next step. Voiceprint.
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  • Audio CD (March 17, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: United States Dist
  • ASIN: B00009YNMH
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,317 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Made in UK in 2002, Serial# VP272CD, Playing Time 56:11
It's been years since we've been treated to a new album by synthesizer wizard Larry Fast...
This CD presents new "interpretations" (recorded in early 2002) of older material, except for track 6, "Flight Of The Looking Glass", originally released on "Audion", which on here has been recorded on tour in May 2000.
I must admit that all the tracks sound completely different to me, mostly because the technology has changed drastically over the last decades...
The tracks featured here are presented in their ORIGINAL chronological order: the first 2 originally on "Electronic Realizations...", then track 3 from "Sequencer" (oh, I would have LOVED to hear a new version of "Classical Gas" !!!); tracks 4,5 and 6 were originally performed on "Audion", and the other 4 tracks on "Metropolitan Suite".
The sounds and textures presented here are rich, thick, and somewhat more "jovial" than their original counterparts.
This CD makes a great addition of the SYNERGY catalog, whether you're a long-time fan, or want to get introduced to Larry Fast's genre. This release would have been a PERFECT example to demonstrate the possibilities of Surround Sound, especially compared to mainstream rock.
Pick it up, krank it up, and be prepared to be teleported into space for an hour! Oxygen sold separately...
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I'm going to quickly run out of superlatives.

The only possible way this CD could get any better is if Larry Fast had treated us to new material. Other than that, this CD is flawless.

As if the original versions weren't great enough, Fast has combed back over them to bring out every nuance in the highs, lows and middle. As the other reviewer alluded to, the major themes remain very much true to the originals, though if you're very familiar with them you'll notice the differences -- from texturing of background sequencer overlays (nobody...NOBODY does this better than Larry Fast!) to supporting bass lines, as well as somewhat different patches for many of the lead lines. As with the original compositions, the rich interplay of texture and melody are woven with precision; Larry Fast would rather treat you to 40 minutes of great music than water it down to 60 minutes of "really good stuff." There's not a boring moment on the entire disc.

The thing that really makes Larry Fast unique is his technical virtuosity combined with a great sense of compositional skill. If you're unfamiliar with the Synergy catalogue, "Reconstructed Artifacts" would be an excellent place to begin your collection.

Incredible.

OK, that does it...i'm out of superlatives.
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I'm always a bit suspect when an artist decides to revisit a work or works from his past, either reinterpreting or enhancing them because he feels he has something to add. Why am I suspicious? Because frequently the artist will rework/revamp his most popular piece, the one that was the biggest selling, most well-liked, and (as perceived by the audience) least likely needing any "plastic surgery" or touchups. Why not tackle one of the lesser-liked works that obviously needed tweaking? Is it because they didn't sell well the first time, and likely won't sell well the second time, even with minor (or even major) fixes? Hmmm...

SO...I too frequently suspect an artist remakes/reworks the POPULAR pieces because they need the money. Many artists I like have gone the rework route (Mike Oldfield, Jean Michel Jarre, Tomita to name a few), so I won't hold it against them too much (whether they did it for money or a slight touch of musical OCD), but it does make me scratch my chin and wonder.

I like Larry Fast and most of his output under the Synergy name. First heard it as part of Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" soundtrack, and over the years I've purchased most of his Synergy albums/CDs. I think he had a fairly good balance of having music that was accessible, but still pushing synths in an interesting way in music.

To try to be fair before writing this, I just listened to all the tracks on this (minus "S-Scape") compared to their originals, and I was surprised by how similar Fast kept the re-recordings to the originals. With that as a consideration, you really have to wonder who the target audience was for this disc and who should buy it.
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These tracks are recreations by Larry Fast of some of his earlier recordings, this time using fairly modern digital synthesizers (mainly Kurzweil models, I believe). In my opinion, for the most part they don't measure up to the originals. As I see it the main problem is that, these tracks were originally composed in close association with certain sounds that Fast programmed on the synthesizers he used at the time, primarily analog models by Moog and Oberheim. Replacing those sounds with new ones that don't occupy the exact same timbral space means they don't mesh as well with the music.

In addition, some of the lines in the music have more metronomic precision than in the original recordings. There is less of a "human feel" to the rhythms. I suspect this is because these arrangements are intended for real-time performance on stage where Fast can only play some of the sounds live; the rest are played by a sequencer. Lastly, there is now a comical feel to some of the compositions (one reviewer used the word "jovial"), for example a portion of Relay Breakdown (one of my favorite Fast compositions) with a percussive beat that is now reminiscent of the chugging of a train. I certainly never got that impression from the original recording, which I vastly prefer.

In fact, I prefer the original versions of most of the tracks on this album. Despite being analog recordings of (for the most part) analog instruments (maybe because of), they sound better than the new digital recreations (and I say that as a defender of digital audio!). The closest tracks on this album to the originals are the three abridged tracks from the Metropolitan Suite, likely because Fast could use his original MIDI tracks and because the originals already made good use of digital timbres.

Lest it seem I am being too hard on this album, the new versions are actually quite good and suffer only in comparison to the high quality of the originals.
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