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Produced, Engineered and Programmed September 1977 through April 1978. Recorded at the Synergy Studio and at House of Music, West Orange, N.J. Mixed at House of Music - first mix in Studio B.

Equipment by: (Old friends) Moog Music, Oberheim Electronics, 360 Systems, Musitronics, Eventide Clockworks, The Synergy System. (New friends) Paia, Russ Hamm Guitar Synthesizer, Mos Technology (KIM-1). Apple Computer Corp., Aphex Systems, Loft Modular Devices.

This album was recorded using only electronic music devices. Finally guitars… sort of.

Voiceprint CD Edition Notes:

This album was originally released as Passport PB-6000 in 1978 as a clear vinyl LP distributed by Arista Records. It was later distributed by Jem/Passprt Records also as a clear vinyl disk with slightly altered cover artwork. Other labels distributed in non-US territories. DJ copies and occasional manufacturing runs were pressed on traditional black vinyl making the black disks less comon. Cords was issued in a limited run on CD in 1986 as Passport PBCD-6000.

This new CD reissue is taken from the original analog studio mixes done in the spring of 1978 and does not contain the limiting or frequency rolloffs necessary for the original LP mastering. Audio refinements and corrections that current digital technology permits have been used to further reconstruct the sound of the original studio mixes. Though the transfer is the best possible at this time, some evidence of the original analog source is audible at times.

Digital audio preperation at the Synergy Studio, June, 1997 using Macintosh-based Digidesign Sound Designer II and Masterlist CD software. Additional DSP work including noise shaping and redithering to 16 bit audio performed using C1, Q10, Renaissance Compressor and L1 DSP plug-in modules from ks Waves Ltd.; and DINR from Digidesign.

Track Listings:
    Side A
    1 On Presuming To Be Modern I 3:06
    2 Phobos And Deimos Go To Mars (Parts 1 & 2) 7:14
    3 Sketches Of Mythical Beasts 3:32
    4 Disruption In World Communications 4:18
    5 On Presuming To Be Modern II 2:58

    Side B
    1 A Small Collection Of Chords 1:25
    2 Full Moon Flyer 7:43
    3 Terra Incognita 3:50
    4 Trellis 3:38
    5 On Presuming To Be Modern III 3:25
Artist Name(s):
Larry Fast - Performer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer
Peter Sobel - Guitar Synthesizer
Larry Fast, Peter Sobel
Release Year: 1978
Space Rock, Soundtrack
Album Type:
Cassette, Compact Disc, Digital / Download, LP 33 1/3
Studio Name:
Recorded At Synergy Studio, House Of Music, West Orange, NJ / Mixed at House Of Music, West Orange, NJ
Mastering: George Marino, Sterling Sound
Engineer(s): Hipgnosis
Label / Publishing
Label Name:
Passport Records Inc.
Catalog Number(s):
PB 6000
New York City, NY USA
Arista Records, Inc.
JEM Passport
Editions / Reissues
  1. Cords ‎(LP, Album, Tra) Passport Records PB 6000 US 1978
  2. Cords ‎(Cass, Album, Dol) Passport Records, GRT 6000 N, 5167 US 1978
  3. Cords ‎(Cass, LP, Album) Passport Records PBC-6000 US 1978
  4. Cords ‎(LP, Album) Passport Records PB 6000 US 1978
  5. Cords ‎(LP, Album) Passport Records PB 6000 US 1978
  6. Cords ‎(LP, Album, Gat) Passport Records 5C 062-61575 Netherlands 1978
  7. Cords ‎(LP, Album, Tra) Passport Records 9167-6000 Canada 1978
  8. Cords ‎(CD, Album, RE) Passport Records PBCD 6000 US 1986
  9. Cords ‎(CD, Album) Third Contact 3CR 1003 US 1997
  10. Cords ‎(CD, Album, RE) Chronicles 314 558 044-2 US 1998
  11. Cords ‎(CD, Album, RE) Voiceprint VP297CD UK 2003
  12. Cords ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM) Air Mail Archive AIRAC-1574 Japan 2010
Synthesizers Used
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Jack Hertz


For me, classic Electronic Music doesn't get much better than this. Decades later, it still sounds as fresh and innovative as ever. Fast set the bar very high, and we are all the better for it. One of my desert island selections. 

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