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Ron Geesin

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Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland (17 December 1943 – present)

Ron Geesin (born 17 December 1943, in Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland) is a British musician and composer, noted for his quirky creations and novel applications of sound. He is probably best known as the co-author of Pink Floyd’s “Atom Heart Mother (Suite)” in 1970. 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 organic sounds, albeit with tape loops rather than a modern sampler.

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 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. He has a research fellowship at the University of Portsmouth.

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