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  • Murmeln um Schiffland: the debut book/EP by murmeln (otherwise known as Ben Osborn, multi-instrumentalist and award-winning composer and writer).

    This book of poems and drawings is released by Bristol’s Moot Press and comes with a five-track audio download of the EP released on Berlin’s WANDA Portal. The EP is produced by Berlin artist yr lovely dead moon and mastered by cult songwriter-producer Emperor X.

    The EP and book is released 18th of April 2017 – Pesach VII, the final day of Passover. WANDA and Moot are releasing individual poems and tracks from the collection on each of the days of Passover (10-18th of April 2017).

    “Murmeln’s vast history of composition has led him to a subtle sonic blend of electro-acoustic, classical and slacker folk. Haiku and Tanka guide the listener through a dreamlike landscape of modern day archetypes, between the lines and off the page” – WANDA.

    “The text of Murmeln um Schiffland drifts tide-like between the connected poles of autobiography and dream-narrative, or back and forth along the route of passage between poem – lyric – song. In their playful fluency, the poetry and prose recall the anecdotal lyric of O’Hara’s Lunch Poems, with a handling of minimal form reminiscent of Snyder, Rexroth and late American engagements with Eastern poetics. Yet lurking within Murmeln um Schiffland, too, is a stonier, Rilkean sensibility open to ‘holy vision’, to the terrible and divine as they are revealed in the ecstatic of the modern city. Winter transfigures into spring and Berlin is afloat, the singer-poet ‘muttering at ship-country’.”
    – Moot Press

    E-Book versions of the book, and CD-R versions of the tracks, are available on request.

    murmeln.tk – murmelnmusic@gmail.com - wanda-portal.jimdo.commootpress@gmail.com
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...without you
even for a night or two
I have no idea what to do
I do things that I never do
out of the blue
I buy cigarettes & papers too
when I’d usually steal a drag or two
from you
I guess I try to summon you
in smoke shapes grey & blue
the smell of the tobacco too
brings me back to you
like you were standing in this room
waiting for the world to move
without you
I drink at least enough for two
alcohol & coffee too
I make an extra cup for you
& when I do
I take it with milk like you
even if I don’t want to
& then I have to see it through
& nothing that I say sounds true
each word autocued
the sunbeams of the afternoon
are obscured by you
like you were standing in this room
waiting for the world to move
without you
I find I’m crying as I read the news
without you
I take forever to put on my shoe
without you
I scan the sky for the hidden moon
& find it’s blue
without you.


from murmeln um schiffland, released April 18, 2017
written, composed and played by murmeln
produced by yr lovely dead moon & murmeln
mastered by emperor x



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murmeln Berlin, Germany

the solo musical/literary project of composer/writer ben osborn.

a mix of electronic and acoustic sounds and new writing.

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