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|Birth name||Ronald Frederick Geesin|
17 December 1943 |
Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland
|Genres||Avant-garde, experimental rock, musique concrète, symphonic rock|
|Instruments||mouthorgan, fretted strings, banjo, keyboards, percussion, cello, tape recorders, computers|
|Associated acts||Pink Floyd, Roger Waters|
Ronald Frederick Geesin (born 17 December 1943, in Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland) is a Scottish musician and composer, noted for his quirky creations and novel applications of sound. He is probably best known as the orchestrator and organizer of Pink Floyd's "Atom Heart Mother" in 1970, after the band found themselves hopelessly deadlocked over how to complete it. Geesin first collaborated with the band's Roger Waters (the two men shared a love of golf) on the unconventional film soundtrack Music from "The Body" (1970), sampling sounds made by the human body. Ron Geesin played piano with The Downtown Syncopators, a Dixieland band emulating the 'Original Dixieland Band' during the 1960s. The band was based in or near Crawley, Sussex, UK.
After his first solo album, A Raise of Eyebrows, in 1967, Geesin launched one of the first one-man record companies, Headscope, with the self-released As He Stands, Patruns, and Right Through. In 1971 he produced the pastoral "Songs for a Gentle Man" by Bridget St John. Many of his electronic compositions were used as soundtracks to ITV's 1970s and 1980s television broadcasts for schools and colleges. He also wrote the score for John Schlesinger's 1971 film Sunday Bloody Sunday.
In the 1990s, Headscope released a pair of CDs, Funny Frown and Bluefuse, melding modern technology with appropriated and found sounds. In 1994, Cherry Red Records released the Hystery CD, an overview of his career. In 1995, Cleopatra Records released his Land of Mist CD, a collection of instrumental ambience. In 1995, See For Miles Records re-issued his first two vinyl albums on CD. Headscope followed in 2003 with the CD Right Through - and Beyond, a reissue of his last vinyl album, unissued material and a Sour New Year suite.
Geesin has long been interested in the potential for environmental sound and video installations. In 1970 he produced a sound-work for the British pavilion at the Osaka world fair. During the 1990s, he collaborated with the artist Ian Breakwell on video projects such as the large-scale work Auditorium and live art pieces such as Christmas Carol in which four synchronised figures dressed in Santa Claus costumes performed in Newcastle's Northumberland Street, having been banned from the Gateshead MetroCentre.
One of his rare appearances with other artists on the same album was on the extraordinary record "Miniatures - a sequence of tiny masterpieces" (Cherry Red Records, 1980) produced by Morgan Fisher. Like all the other 50 tracks on the album, Geesin's exhilarating synth/vocal/banjo track "Enterbrain Exit" was about one minute long.
His 2011 album, a dense, continuous work 50 minutes long, is called "Roncycle1" and is available from Tonefloat Records in the Netherlands. In 2012, he was asked by The History Press to write his version of the history of Atom Heart Mother (suite), published in July 2013 and titled The Flaming Cow.
Geesin is married to the artist Frances Geesin, and the two collaborated in 1990 on 'Tune Tube', a sound and light installation at the MacLellan Galleries.
- A Raise of Eyebrows (1967)
- Music from The Body (1970) (with Roger Waters)
- Electrosound (1972)
- As He Stands (1973)
- Electrosound (volume 2) (1975)
- Patruns (1975)
- Atmospheres (1977)
- Right Through (1977)
- Sword of the Valiant (1984)
- Magnificent Machines (1988)
- Funny Frown (1991)
- Bluefuse (1993)
- Hystery (1994) (Compilation)
- Land of Mist (1995)
- A Raise of Eyebrows/As He Stands (1995) (2 albums on one CD)
- Right Through and Beyond (2003) (Right Through plus additional tracks)
- Biting The Hand (2008)
- Roncycle1 (2011)