Working with scores, field recordings, and operatic-pop composite vocals to weave rich melodic soundscapes and textures this music is unashamedly romantic.
“In a way, whilst there is a provocative electronic subversion inherent in the disruptive industrial clicks, blips and tears that punctuate the work, it is the sheer beauty of Klein’s voice, heard against itself, against the samples and lines, against the disembodied choruses, that is the glue by which The Pomegranate Cycle is most potently held together. Here, at the point of Klein’s voice and its placement in the structure of the music, are operatic traditions celebrated, challenged and reframed. The listener is drawn out and feels the lament of Persephone’s mother Demeter whilst being enabled to reflect constructively on violence and destruction in relation to women’s rights. This is contemporary music at its most relevant – it is simultaneously inward and outward focused in addressing the challenge of its existence and its capacity to produce something great“.
“It’s pretty rare to find something so refreshingly unlike anything you have ever heard…. The overall effect of her music is to immerse the listener in an operatic fever dream. The immersive aspect comes from the multi-layered tiers of sound that seem to come from every direction at once – at one minute you have vocals whispering almost inside your ear cavity, only to next hear them at a seemingly great distance. And the sound is continuously bathed in varying levels of echo and drone, not to mention the accompaniment of a skillfully reserved symphony… The Pomegranate Cycle makes for an expansive listening experience – the perfect antidote to an ear that’s been aching from the tiresome repetition of modern pop”.
– Stuart Buchanan & Danny Jumpertz on the sleeve notes to New Weird Australia Volume 4.
Eve Klein has been a renegade romantic since childhood and this project, Textile Audio, is the fruition of a lifetime of daydreams, opera and wanderings in the Australian wilderness.
Eve is a professional opera singer (Opera Australia, Pacific Opera) and a composer-performer who works across experimental classical music, interactive performance art, and glitchy electronica. Eve has a PhD in Music and Sound (QUT) and works as Lecturer in Music Technology and Popular Music at the University of Queensland. She is also an Ableton Live Certified Trainer and a qualified VET instructor.
Eve’s compositions have been featured on radio around Australia and released through Feral Media, Mess+Noise, Cyclic Defrost, New Weird Australia and Wood & Wire. Notable festival performances of her work include Brisbane Festival (Brisbane), Underbelly Arts (Sydney), Turra New Music Festival (Perth), Undisclosed Territories (Indonesia), Melaka Art & Performance Festival (Melasia) and the International Festival of Artistic Innovation (England).
Textile Audio images are most often the magic of photographer/ videographer: Ravi Glasser-Vora.
Ravi Glasser-Vora is a writer, videographer and electrical engineer who likes to build things. He has worked for corporations such as Cochlear and Fox, but more notably he has collaborated on works for festivals such as Underbelly Arts, IFAI and the Brisbane Festival. His most recent work is on developing mapped video projections that are made reactive to live performance through mesh networked sensors.
Michelle Grima: mg [at] australiapr [dot] com [dot] au