Audio Long After Edison: A Legacy Of Music And Film Audio And The State Of Today's Technologies

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Explore Audio with Electronic Music Pioneer Larry Fast


The Friends of Thomas Edison National Historical Park invites you to an overview and discussion of Edison's pivotal audio technologies and how they have shaped our culture and evolved into today's digital age.  Larry Fast--a synthesizer expert, composer, performer, and producer--will guide you into the modern audio world through audio examples and visual images.

Under the heading "Audio Long After Edison: A Legacy Of Music And Film Audio And The State Of Today's Technologies," Fast will show how Edison's first steps refashioned the arts over the last century and more, and the way new audio technologies have transformed those early techniques.

The event,  a must for audio enthusiasts and part of the 125th anniversary commemoration of Edison's labs in West Orange,  will occur at the West Orange Public Library on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM. (Space is limited. You must reserve your place by emailing foe00@verizon.net or calling 973-736-2916.) Light refreshments will be served.

Larry Fast is best known for his series of pioneering electronic music albums recorded under the project name SYNERGY. He is also known for his work with Peter Gabriel for whom he has played synthesizer on record and on tour. Larry was on the production team for many of Peter's albums for nearly a decade.

Larry Fast's production credits show the influence that his control of music technology has had on other artist's styles. All through the 1980's and into the 1990's Larry has worked with a multitude of world-class artists and producers, and as a producer himself.

Artists as diverse as Hall & Oates, Foreigner, Bonnie Tyler, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora and David Bryan, Barbra Streisand, Renaissance's Annie Haslam, Randy Newman, Joan Armatrading, Meat Loaf and many others have called on Larry's talents.

More recently Larry has recorded and toured with former Peter Gabriel bandmates Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta as the Grammy®-nominated Tony Levin Band (EMI Narada Records). Larry has also appeared onstage as a member of Wendy Carlos' Switched On Bach Ensemble. He has recently created sound logos and "sonic imaging" for the entire XM Satellite Radio network, and hours of new compositions for the Walt Disney Company heard at the Tokyo DisneySea park. Keyboard Magazine awarded Larry its annual Best Synthesist award In recognition of his work.

With a degree in history and an electronics background that has earned him patents in optical audio communication, Larry currently serves as the chairman of the Morris County Heritage Commission, is the former chair of the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund and is a consultant to the Bob Moog Foundation.  His area of expertise is technology history.

Larry Fast will appear under the sponsorship of The Friends of Thomas Edison National Historical Park, a not-for profit organization dedicated to supporting the Thomas Edison NHP in the preservation, restoration and promotion of Thomas A. Edison’s laboratory and home through advocacy, volunteer service and fundraising. The Friends also strive to foster an appreciation of Thomas A. Edison and his achievements by assisting in the planning of special events and providing programs that satisfy the needs and interests of its members and the local community.

Thomas Edison National Historical Park is a National Park Service site dedicated to promoting an international understanding and appreciation of the life and extraordinary achievements of Thomas Alva Edison by preserving, protecting, and interpreting the Park's extensive historic artifact and archive collections at the Edison Laboratory Complex and Glenmont, the Edison family estate.

The West Orange Public Library is located at 46 Mount Pleasant Avenue  West Orange, NJ 07052. Please reserve your place for "Audio Long After Edison: A Legacy Of Music And Film Audio And The State Of Today's Technologies" by emailing foe00@verizon.net or calling 973-736-2916.


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