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David Gilmour composes new music for audiobook of 'Theatre for Dreamers'


Agence France-Presse

 /  Thu, June 18, 2020  /  10:04 am
David Gilmour composes new music for audiobook of 'Theatre for Dreamers'

David Gilmour (left) poses with his wife writer Polly Samson on arrival for the World Premiere of the film 'The Infidel' in London's Hammersmith on April 8, 2010. (AFP/Max Nash)

The former Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour will release his first new song in five years as part of the audio adaptation of his wife Polly Samson's A Theatre for Dreamers.

Yes I Have Ghosts was written by Gilmour in collaboration with Samson, and is described as being inspired by a character from A Theatre for Dreamers.

A Theatre for Dreamers follows an "expat bohemian community" of artists, poets and scroungers, ruled by writers Charmian Clift and George Johnston, on the dreamy Greek island of Hydra in the early 1960s.

Gilmour's Yes I Have Ghosts will be released at a yet-unannounced date this June, ahead of the release of the new audiobook for Samson's A Theatre for Dreamers on June 25 via publisher W.F. Howes.

"We wanted to explore the creative possibilities of the format and produce something new, refreshing and innovative. Collaborating with David -- as I have done many times over the last 30 years, writing songs for both Pink Floyd and his solo albums -- we were able to bring together the worlds of literature and music to enhance the listening experience and connect with audiences in a way which I don't think has been done before," Samson said in a statement to The Bookseller.

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The audiobook adaptation of A Theatre for Dreamers was created by Samson and Gilmour in their home studio, where their daughter Romany Gilmour also recorded harp and backing vocals for the project.

"The audiobook format has so much untapped potential, and I am surprised more musicians have not creatively collaborated with authors, narrators, and audiobook producers in this way before. The two worlds seem to seamlessly link, and music can really help to bring audiobooks to life in unexpected new ways," Gilmour said of his latest endeavor in a statement.

Gilmour released his latest and fourth studio album, Rattle That Lock, in September 2015.

The British musician collaborated with Samson on the album's title track, which notably featured the four-note jingle for France's national railway operator SNCF.

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