Geologist (musician)

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Geologist
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Geologist performing live sometime in 2005 or 2006.
Background information
Birth name Brian Ross Weitz
Born (1979-03-26) March 26, 1979 (age 35)
Genres Neo-psychedelia, experimental, Electronica
Occupations Musician, Environmental Lobbyist
Instruments Electronics, Sampler, Sequencer, Vocals, Percussion, Synthesizer
Associated acts Animal Collective

Geologist (born Brian Ross Weitz[1] on March 26, 1979[2]) is a founding member of Animal Collective. He provides electronic sound manipulations and samples for the band.

Geologist grew up in Philadelphia and Baltimore [3] and currently lives in Washington, DC.

Geologist's nickname comes from a friend mistaking his major in college, as well as the caving headlamp he wears in order to see his electronic equipment during live shows.[4]

Animal Collective[edit]

Geologist attended the Park School of Baltimore where he met future Animal Collective bandmates David Portner (aka Avey Tare) and Josh Dibb (aka Deakin). Avey Tare, Geologist and Deakin first started an indie-rock band called "Automine" with two other schoolmates. Deakin introduced his childhood friend Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear) to Avey Tare and Geologist. Throughout their high school years and winter/summer college breaks, the four of them played music in different variations and often solo, swapping homemade recordings and sharing ideas.

Geologist went on to study at Columbia University, while Avey Tare went to NYU, Panda Bear to Boston University, and Deakin to Brandeis University. Avey Tare recorded tracks with Panda Bear which eventually became Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished, which was released under "Avey Tare and Panda Bear" in August 2000. After Panda Bear and Deakin both left school and moved to New York in 2000, the group's music became more collaborative, and Avey and Panda began playing clubs around New York. Geologist soon began performing with the group who eventually became "Animal Collective." He first appeared on their 2001 release Danse Manatee, and has contributed to every Animal Collective recording to date, except for their 2004 Sung Tongs LP, though he only operated the MiniDisc players on the 2003 Campfire Songs LP. Before that time, Geologist had gone to Arizona for graduate school.[5]

When asked about his personal musical influences, he says "I was always inspired by horror soundtracks, things that use unconventional sounds and textures as music. I'm interested in how abstract sounds can have the same impact on the listener as traditional musical sounds.[3]"

Other musical projects[edit]

As well as performing various DJ sets, Geologist has released the track "Jailhouse" on Animal Collective's Keep Cassette and created the soundtrack for the Morphologic Studios short film Man O War.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

In addition to his musical career, Weitz also worked on ocean conservation and environmental policy. He has a BA from Columbia University in Environmental Science, and an MPA in Environmental Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.[8]

Weitz was married on Halloween in 2009.[9] He and his wife had a son in August 2010.[10]

Musical equipment[edit]

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