The Middle Kingdom

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Das neueste Werk „The Middle Kingdom“ von ELLIOTT MURPHY ist eine Mischung aus gesprochenen Gedichten und Musik, die aus dem gleichnamigen Gedichtsband von Murphy stammen. Die Gedichte werden von Murphy selbst gelesen, die Musik stammt von seinem langjährigen musikalischen Partner Olivier Durand. Das Ergebnis ist ein überraschend kraftvolles und besonderes Album, dessen Idee während des ersten großen Lockdowns in Frankreich entstanden war und beiden Musiker keine Konzerte mehr geben oder Aufnahmen machen konnten, da Olivier Durand in Le Havre und Elliott Murphy in Paris wohnt. Elliott machte Olivier den Vorschlag, aus seinem zweiten Gedichtsband „The Middle Kingdom“ Gedichte auszuwählen, zu denen er einen Bezug hat. Nachdem er 18 Titel ausgewählt hatte, schrieb und nahm er die Musik dazu auf und gab die Aufnahmen weiter an Gaspard Murphy, der das fertige Album nach dem neuesten Standard mischte. Je nach dem Inhalt der Gedichte geht die Musik von Rock’n Roll („On The Death of Prince“ & „Last Night I Dreamed About You“) hin bis zum sehr autobiografischen „The Middle Kingdom“.

The Middle Kingdom is a dramatic spoken word with music album comprised of a selection of poems from the Elliott Murphy collection of the same name. Read by Elliott himself, with accompanying music composed and performed by his long time musical partner Olivier Durand and mixed and produced by Gaspard Murphy, the result is a surprisingly powerful album whose provocative lyrical images are lifted to yet another dimension when combined with sympathetic and moving musical themes. The idea for this unique project was born during the Corona virus confinement in France when it was impossible for these two long-time musical collaborators to perform or record together as Olivier Durand lives in Le Havre and Elliott Murphy in Paris. Elliott proposed that Olivier make a selection of poems from his second book of poetry The Middle Kingdom that he could relate to both musically and lyrically and after deciding upon 18 titles he composed and recorded accompanying musical themes in his home studio in Le Havre. After contributing his own musical ideas to the title cut, producer Gaspard Murphy mixed the final album with state of the art HD sound. The subject matter of the poems themselves go from rock ‘n roll (“On The Death of Prince” & “Last Night I Dreamed About Lou”) to the very autobiographical “The Middle Kingdom.”

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The Middle Kingdom
The Middle Kingdom
€ 12.00*

1. A Poem A Day (1:40)
2. A Worried Man (2:07)
3. Blues Progression (1:42)
4. Chagall (0:58)
5. Do Angels Wear Shoes (1:57)
6. Forgotten Already (1:20)
7. Freedom Of Line/Spontaneous Light (0:47)
8. Grandpa Murphy On 10th Street (3:32)
9. Last Night I Dreamed About You (1:50)
10. Like Gerard Depardiei Do (0:56)
11. Nasty Wife (0:44)
12. On The Death Of Prince (6:08)
13. Tapping (1:52)
14. The Middle Kingdom (9:44)
15. This Lake (2:08)
16. 300 Words (2:22)
17. Uninspired And That's OK (1:30)
18. Where The Roads Go (1:27)