“The sound design for MARY STUART is inspired by Renaissance composers such as John Dowland and the particular instruments used in the time of Queen Elizabeth I, predominantly the ‘Courtly’ Lute. There are also strains of the mournful Celtic music of Noirin Ni Riain and the primal percussive rhythms of the ancient Irish Bohdrán.”
Eden’s compositional work is critically acclaimed and hugely diverse. Winner of Tempo Dance Festival Best Music Award for two consecutive years, Eden’s modus operandi has been to write music that tells a story which creates a powerful, emotive and richly layered world. His music also explores all the frailty of human emotions, creating imaginary characters and motifs that could be from another planet.
Without formal music training, Eden has been able to develop his music in a less conventional manner, enabling a very experimental, unencumbered approach to composition — the results of which are often challenging and dramatically charged.
His recent credits include AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, STEPPING OUT, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER, THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS, FEMALE OF THE SPECIES, DESIGN FOR LIVING, MY NAME IS GARY COOPER, THE PILLOWMAN and WHERE WE ONCE BELONGED (Auckland Theatre Company), LOST PROPERTY (Fidget Company, Belgium), MINIATURES and DARK TOURISTS (with Malia Johnston).
Eden also writes for television, film and commercials and co-launched Mulholland Sound Ltd. Eden is also the singer and writer for Auckland pop group Motocade.
The Navigators. Red Speedo. The Wild Seed Thief. Moon. The Haka Party Incident. Peer Gynt [recycled]. Paniora. Lord of the Flies. Mary Stuart. The Importance of Being Earnest. Stepping Out. August: Osage County. She Stoops to Conquer. The Thirty-Nine Steps. Design For Living. The Female of the Species. The Pillowman. My Name Is Gary Cooper. Undercurrent.