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3.98 | 34 ratings | 4 reviews | 24% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. On Presuming To Be Modern (3:06)
2. Phobos And Deimos Go To Mars : Phobos (3:45)
3. Deimos (3:29)
4. Sketches Of Mythical Beasts (3:32)
5. Disruption In World Communications (4:18)
6. On Presuming To Be Modern II (2:58)
7. A Small Collection Of Chords (1:25)
8. Full Moon Flyer (7:43)
9. Terra Incognita(3:50)
10. Trellis (3:38)
11. On Presuming To Be Modern III (3:25)

Total time 41:09

Bonus track on 2003 remaster:
12. Phobos And Deimos - radio edit (4:12)

Line-up / Musicians

- Larry Fast / Moog synths (Modular, Minimoog, Polymoog, Micromoog), Oberheim expander module / DS2 sequencer, electronics, programming, co-producer

- Peter Sobel / guitar synth, co-producer

Releases information

Artwork: Hipgnosis

LP Passport Records ‎- PB 6000 (1978, US)

CD Passport Records ‎- PBCD 6000 (1986, US)
CD Voiceprint ‎- VP297CD (2003, UK) Remastered by Larry Fast with a bonus track

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SYNERGY Cords ratings distribution

(34 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(24%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (18%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by greenback
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3 stars "Cords" is a cold symphonic New Age album. It contains VERY artificial electronic keyboards! It sounds like if you are in front of a contemporary music orchestra that plays for you classical moods, but the difference is that everything is pure keyboards, giving an extremely cold atmosphere...Brrrrrrr! My vinylic record is translucid white and it gives me the feeling that I hold an ice plate while listening to it! It sounds a bit like Tomita minus the clinical sounds, but at least Tomita is able to be funny and warm.

The tracks are fully loaded of dynamic keyboards, and, when played loud, it gives you a pretty scary feeling! Larry Fast here is still very symphonic, but the airs do not enough retain my attention, maybe because there are too many experimental elements included and also because he definitely removed most of the melodic sequencers he used to play on the previous records. This album is not for the timid who likes quiet, delicate & mellow songs.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Latest members reviews

5 stars Out of the scads of electronic music albums that peppered the entire '70s, none moved me quite like the third Synergy album, Cords. Unlike his previous one (Sequencer), Larry Fast, a/k/a Synergy, had a full album's worth of terrific material this time. Plus, having worked closely with Peter Gabrie ... (read more)

Report this review (#205504) | Posted by Steven in Atlanta | Thursday, March 5, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Chords is one release of a natural progression of improvement and increasingly more complex experimental projects. Chords is still fresh and imaginative. Each composition is inventive and exciting. To better understand and appreciate Larry Fast's Synergy project, specifically Chords, a few gene ... (read more)

Report this review (#113332) | Posted by convocation | Friday, February 23, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I've been listening to this work on and off since November of 1978 (my original copy was on clear vinyl) and I refamiliarized myself with the recording, on CD, after Larry Fast's "Phobos and Deimos Go to Mars" showed up on Tony Levin's 2002 release, "Pieces of the Sun." There is depth found on th ... (read more)

Report this review (#88625) | Posted by macpurity1 | Thursday, August 31, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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