Ron Geesin

Atom Heart Mother

Ron Geesin (b. 1943) is a British 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 shared a love of golf) on 1970’s unconventional film soundtrack ‘Music from ‘The Body,” sampling sounds made by the human body. Ron Geesin played piano with The Original Downtown Syncopators, a Dixieland band emulating the Original Dixieland Band during the 1960s. The band was based in Sussex, UK.

After his first solo album, ‘A Raise of Eyebrows,’ in 1967, Geesin went on to launch 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. 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 ‘Hystery,’ an overview of his career. In 1995, Cleopatra Records released his ‘Land of Mist,’ a collection of instrumental ambiance.

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 synchronized 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’ produced by Morgan Fisher. Like all the other 50 tracks on the album, Ron’s exhilarating synth/vocal/banjo track ‘Enterbrain Exit’ was about one minute long. His 2011 album, a dense, continuous masterwork 50 minutes long, is called ‘Roncycle1’ and is available from Tonefloat Records in Holland.

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