by Geoffrey Datson. Poetry ISBN: 9780975186213 Sept 2012 | B format paperback 94pp
SIGNED LIMITED EDITION of 200 with bonus music.
"Humans have been verbal for much longer than we've been literate. Whole cultures were imaginedand maintained in song lines long before the first cuniform text was fired into clay... Story is the focus of my work, with music being not only the subject but also the carrier of the story."
Geoffrey Datson is a sound artist, combining spoken word, electronica and instrumentation in his recordings. Many poets recite their work to music, but few are also composers. Datson's work is a unique synthesis of forms of sonic expression in which the voice and the sound field are interdependent.
During the early 2000s, he performed political spoken word and song as Protest Singer, releasing an eponymous album and “The Truth”, a collection of war poetry, with several live performances in Sydney. He has appeared in 2003 at the NSW Writers' Centre and was invited to appear at the 2004 Sydney Writers' Festival. In 2006 he participated in the Wordjammin's 'Random Acts of Poetry' at the Brisbane Writers' Festival, and in 2009 was a guest of the Reality Bites Literary Non-fiction Festival on the Sunshine Coast.
From November 2009, Geoff was an Australian Poetry Centre cafe poet in residence at Bistro Bistro in Cooroy, working towards a spoken word work Then, and Then; a memoir which was his project associated with the program, and which was launched at the 2010 Reality Bites festival where he also be participated in conversation with other poets. This work also includes, in a limited edition, Datson's first published work of poetry. Datson was invited to present this work at the 2011 Gloucester Readers and Writers festival (May) and Byron Bay Writers Festival (August).
In 2013 he published Prtoest Singer, a collection of war/political poetry and was shortlisted andscreened in the QPF film maker's challenge.
Most recentlly he edited when they came/foryou by Christopher Barnett (Wakefield)
FILM Waking up the Nation: The Freedom Bus is an Australian documentary film shot in 2002 and internationally released in 2005, directed by Agostino Imondi. Music by Geoffrey Datson.
The Place Project by Nick Nedelkopoulos. Music for a series of four non-narrative films about the Westgate Bridge, Melbourne. A Fancy Pantsy Production. 2011