EVE'S RAPTURE
Music Cues


Eve's Rapture is a play by Bryan Reynolds, premiered May 22, 2009 at the Hayworth Theater in Los Angeles, directed by Robert Cohen, music composed by Christopher Dobrian.*


Intro - [Overture/Action]
Introductory music at the beginning of the play. In the play, at 30 seconds the music is mixed with, and overtaken by, more gunfire and sounds of war, signifying the battle in which the fallen angels were expelled from heaven. Composed using sound samples of gunshots and explosions loaded into a ReDrum drum machine in Reason, played by a composing algorithm written in Max sending MIDI to Reason, with the audio sent to max via ReWire to be comb filtered. Other sound synthesized in Reason. Drums by Oliver Dobrian added in ProTools.

Hell - [Underscore]
Underscore for the first scene. Accompanies Satan's expository monologue, and is used in some subsequent scenes to denote hell. Synthesized with Reason and Yamaha Motif, mixed in Pro Tools.

Ascending the Cross - [Underscore]
Underscore as Satan ascends an impromptu cross and satirically recounts the death of Jesus. Used again whenever Michael or Satan mounts the mock cross to speak of Jesus. First chord synthesized by Joe Knox in Reason, remainder composed on a Yamaha Motif synthesizer, mixed in Pro Tools.

Working in Garden - [Song Accompaniment]
Accompaniment to an idyllic work song sung by Adam and Eve in paradise. Guitar and backing synthesizer by Christopher Dobrian, drums by Oliver Dobrian. Mixed in Pro Tools.

Working in Garden - [Song]
Lyrics by Bryan Reynolds. Sung by Courtney Evans and Ian Stuart.

The Desolate Space - [Underscore]
Satan and Sin meet at the gates of hell. Composed on a Yamaha Motif synthesizer, mixed in Pro Tools.

Working in Garden (first reprise) - [Song Accompaniment]
Accompaniment for Adam and Eve singing as they work, but with a hint of Eve's dissatisfaction with the limitations of the chaste, virtuous working life. MIDI file synthesized in Reason by Joe Knox.

Uriel Underscore - [Underscore]
Satan and the angel Uriel meet in the space between hell and heaven. Composed on a Yamaha Motif synthesizer.

I'm Not Just A Garden Girl - [Song Accompaniment]
Accompaniment to an anthem sung by Eve in which she expresses her belief that life holds more for her than simply working in the garden, that she is in fact destined to be "a star". Guitars recorded in Garage Band, and synthesizers and vocoder vocals produced in Reason, by Christopher Dobrian; bass synthesized in Reason by Joe Knox; drums, additional guitar, and compositional assistance in the bridge by Oliver Dobrian; mixed in Pro Tools.

I'm Not Just A Garden Girl - [Song]
Lyrics by Bryan Reynolds. Sung by Courtney Evans.

Good Night Sweet Dreams - [Cue]
Adam and Eve go to sleep, but while they sleep, Satan, in the form of a toad, whispers in Eve's ear. Synthesized on a Yamaha Motif.

Satan Beats Uriel and Michael - [Action]
Satan, confronted by Uriel and Michael, distracts them, knocks them to the ground, and makes his escape. Synthesized in Reason.

Michael Appears - [Cue]
Chord signifying the appearance(s) of the angel Michael. Synthesized on a Yamaha Motif.

Michael Leaves - [Cue]
Chord signifying the disappearance(s) of the angel Michael. Synthesized on a Yamaha Motif.

God Appears (1) - [Cue]
God Appears (2) - [Cue]
God Appears (3) - [Cue]
God Appears (4) - [Cue]
God Appears (5) - [Cue]
Chord signifying the appearance(s) of God. Each appearance of God in the play is increasingly ominous and threatening, reflected by the increasing dissonance of the chord with each appearance. Synthesized in Reason.

God Disappears (C) - [Cue]
God Disappears (D) - [Cue]
God Disappears (E) - [Cue]
Chord signifying the disappearance(s) of God. Different pitches are used to connect with subsequent music in different situations. Explosion sample mixed with synthesized strings.

Working in Garden (second reprise) - [Song Accompaniment]
Accompaniment for Adam and Eve singing as they work, but this time the work is hard and burdensome and they are decidedly troubled, reflected by the more dissonant harmonization of the song. Synthesized on a Yamaha Motif.

Satan Watches Eve - [Underscore]
Satan surreptitiously watches Eve as she works in the garden. Synthesized on a Yamaha Motif.

Satan Rises - [Cue]
The serpent (Satan) rises up in the form of a man before Eve. Synthesized on a Yamaha Motif.

Apple Pick - [Cue]
Satan plucks an apple from the forbidden tree. Also used when Adam later plucks an apple from the tree. Synthesized on a Yamaha Motif.

Devilish Drums - [Action]
Eve and Satan taste the forbidden fruit and make passionate love. Synthesized on a Yamaha Motif, mixed in Pro Tools.

Apple Bite - [Cue]
Adam tastes the forbidden fruit. Synthesized in Reason.

Adam Aghast - [Cue]
Adam reacts after tasting the forbidden fruit. Synthesized on a Yamaha Motif.

Second Half Intro - [Overture]
Introductory music at the beginning of the second half of the play. Synthesized on a Yamaha Motif.

Sin On Her Way - [Cue/Action]
Sin and Death travel in search of Satan. Composed and synthesized in Reason by Joe Knox.

Walking Up the Hill - [Cue/Action]
Michael leads Adam to the top of a hill in Eden. Composed and synthesized in Reason by Joe Knox.

Adam and Michael See Horrible Things - [Underscore]
Michael shows Adam imagery of the flawed world of sinners that will be the eventual result of the original sin. Synthesized on a Yamaha Motif.

Happy Atheists - [Underscore]
Michael bids Adam to "Behold the happy atheists who on judgement day shall meet eternal punishment in Hell." Composed and synthesized in Reason by Joe Knox, mixed with an excerpt from "Devilish Drums" in Pro Tools.

Women Talk - [Underscore]
Eve and Sin meet in the new world, and Sin, though jealous of Satan's infatuation for Eve, offers to take Eve to be with Satan.

A Nothing on Earth - [Song Accompaniment]
Accompaniment for Adam as he sings a song lamenting the emptiness of his life without Eve. Synthesized in Reason, drums added by Oliver Dobrian, mixed in Pro Tools.

A Nothing on Earth - [Song]
Lyrics by Bryan Reynolds. Sung by Ian Stuart.

Adam Depressed - [Underscore]
Eve, now trained by Beelzebub in the art of war, returns from hell to fight the guardian angels and challenge God. There she finds Adam in a depressed, catatonic state. The MIDI accompaniment for "A Nothing on Earth" was excerpted, slowed to half speed, resynthesized in Reason, then recombined with a longer excerpt of the drums at their original speed in Pro Tools.

Eve and Uriel Fight - [Action]
Eve is confronted by Uriel, they fight in hand-to-hand combat, Eve overcomes Uriel and slays her. Synthesized in Reason, with comb filtering of drums in Max via ReWire, mixed in Pro Tools.

Eve and Michael Fight - [Action]
Eve and Michael fight with martial arts and guns. Eve kicks the gun from Michael's hand and overwhelms him. Drums by Oliver Dobrian, edited and timestamped in ReCycle, combined in multiple Dr. Rex drum machines and mixed with synthesized sounds in Reason.

Just Before She Shoots Michael - [Cue]
Eve releases Michael from a chokehold, turns and walks away, then turns back, levels her gun, and kills him with one shot. In the play this cue begins on the downbeat of the last note of "Eve and Michael Fight" and cuts off abruptly when she pulls the trigger. Synthesized on a Yamaha Motif.

Epilogue and Final Chord - [Underscore/Finale]
The music, evoking Eve's "I'm a star" melody, is an underscore as Sin eulogizes Eve, then swells for the final tableau. Guitar by Christopher Dobrian, mixed in Garage Band with synthesized sound from Reason via ReWire.


* Joe Knox and Oliver Dobrian, assistant composers.


This page was last modified August 17, 2010
by Christopher Dobrian, dobrian@uci.edu.