Ron Geesin Basic Maths

17th May 2024

Format Info

LP - black vinyl

Wow! So you’re telling me Ron Geesin made this kooky electro groovy score to a really progressive maths educational programme on Central TV in 1980 and it’s musically anarchic and amazing and it’s never been issued before? Until now. Wow again!!!! And there’s 30 tracks!!! Trunk Records we love you… Basic Maths was the second educational TV Series for the Midlands-based ITV station for which I composed, played and recorded all music and noises. The first series, also for budding mathematicians in the 7-10 age group, was Leapfrog in 1978 produced by ATV (Associated Television): Basic Maths was for the newly-formed Central Television, the work spanning 1980-1981; both series were of twenty-eight parts. The most worthy idea for both of these series was to project mathematics into life by means mainly of non-verbal sound and vision, with both animated and live action films, linked by two presenters, Fred Harris and Mary Waterhouse. In my role as Media Composer, I had had quite enough of voice overs, therefore music well under, so this fairly radical educational approach at the time encouraged my creative juices to run unhindered. Of course the sound had to do something with the picture and not just use it as a carrier for peacock display. It had to duet, play with and explain the visual content using novel and engaging techniques, so this involved the usual and sometimes intricate mathematical calculations which constantly exercised my already reasonable school maths. TRACKLISTING: Side One: Welcome To Mathematics, Ten And A Hundred, Plus And Minus Five, Soft Mirrors, Colliding Clowns, Swaggering Cowboy, Plus And Minus Eight  Accelerating Athletes, Halving Rectangles, Myriad Mosaics, Shapely Patterns, Composite Cookbook, Agitated Banjo, Clocking The Day, Jumping Pyramids. Side Two: Shadows In Four Aspects, Unitary Climb, Colossal Triangle Split, Apple Tree Angles, Child’s Angled Views, Old Seagull And Chips, Seaside Romp, Fair By The Sea, Tranquil Snail, Masts And Nets, Numbered Rows, Slipping And Sliding, Perfect Postman, Running Big And Wee, Take It Away, Ten

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