1. A Canadian
2. An American experimental musician
1.Randy B. Williams is “Geologist”, an artist from St. Albert, a suburb of Edmonton. He is a
composer, singer, musician and performer who plays 17 musical instruments, has 158 published
songs on 32 Compact Disks (iTunes). His full length albums include: For Desiree … Wherever
You Are 1994 (11 songs), 2009 (21 songs); Children Have No Rights 1994 (11 songs), 2009 (18
songs); Rare Antiquity: Digging Down To The Past 2003, 2009 (both 19 songs); Yeamerang
2011 (15 songs); and Curse The Evil Of The Luck Lord 2011 (31 song 2-disc album); SING-LES
2012 (18 songs).
On July 31, 2012, GEOLOGIST will release a cover of the Beatles’ Revolution, performed as a
cross between the acoustic and electric versions. Its cover has a self explanatory reference, all in good humor for fans of the kid who copied his name.
For GEOLOGIST, music is the study of rock in all its diverse forms. Song is key: melody first,
bass has to make your adrenalin move, guitars need that analogue feel, piano must bring you
there to that sweet place, drums need to be whatever the song requires. Add harmonies, other
instruments. Lyrics need to say it with artistry. Music’s history are the ingredients of today’s rock
Originally from Edmonton, Geologist is a writer member of SOCAN/BMI. He has works
registered at SOCAN in Canada, Legal Deposits at Library and Archives Canada and Copyrights
registered at Library of Congress, U.S. As “Archaeology Communications”, he is a Publisher
member of CMRRA. His Record Label is, “Archaeology Communications”, who registers his
work. His Petrified Wood Recording Studio, Phase I in St. Albert, Alberta is nearing completion.
In addition to composing and arranging songs, Geologist is a technologically skilled producer,
mixer and computer graphic artist. As a performer, he sings and plays numerous musical
instruments including electric and acoustic guitars, 12-strings, bass, piano/keyboard, drums,
flute, woodwind recorders, harmonic, banjo. He paints with oils, draws with charcoals, chalk
pastels and pencils. He is a well-educated, published (2001) academic.
Geologist has had his songs mixed by Barry Allen (19) at Homestead Recorders in Edmonton
(2003) and by Garry McDonall (22) at Damon Soundtrek Studio in Edmonton (1994).
2. Geologist (born Brian Ross Weitz on March 26, 1979) is a founding member of Animal Collective. He provides electronic sound manipulations and samples for the band. Geologist grew up in Philadelphia and Baltimore and currently lives in Washington DC.
The “Geologist” nickname comes from a friend’s misinterpretation of Brian’s university major. 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. Before that time, Geologist had gone to Arizona for graduate school.
He has performed DJ sets both as Geologist and under the name Obrian System, released “Seeing Twinkles” with fellow Animal Collective member Deakin on the Music for Plants Compilation, and in 2011 released his first solo track on the Keep Company’s Animal Collective Tape.
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