Transit of Venus

Soprano Saxophone : pre-recorded voice : electronic ambience
(13 minutes 14 seconds)

Commissioned for Naomi, by her family

Pre-recorded voice - Stephanie Schmalzle
Stephanie Schmalzle - website

Voice recorded by Clay Teunis in Tunarelli Studios, Washington D.C.
Pre-recorded tape part mixed/mastered by Nick Sykes at Rooster Studios, London

Venus exhibit from the solar system 
section - Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin.
Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin - website

First performance of revised version
(psychedelic version)
Saturday, 4 June 2016
St. John's Notting Hill
London - U.K.
Naomi Sullivan - soprano saxophone
Alistair Parnell - sound projection

Naomi Sullivan - Birmingham Conservatoire website

First performance
(with electronic ambience)
Sunday, 22 March 2015
Djanogly Recital Hall
Nottingham - U.K.
Second performance
(with pre-recorded voice and electronic ambience)
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen
Antwerp - Belgium


The Sun’s second stone, nothing can live there
Earth’s sister planet but nothing like here;
Slow winds blow clouds of sulphuric acid
Across rocks where Venera crashed.
On Venus, the Sun sets in the east
Above a carbon dioxide atmosphere the rocks released;
Ultraviolet light destroyed any water years ago.
The transit of Venus from Earth is slow
But fast in space on the final trek
Across the Sun this century. Reflective
Clouds bounce light off gas and crystal surfaces
The brightest planet, called after the love / beauty goddess.


Evidence shows a surface in motion,
A past collision caused reverse rotation.
On top of mountains snow settles,
Venusian snow, made from heavy metals.
Venus years are shorter than Venus days,
No moons, no seasons, but life may
Be possible miles above up in the sky
Where conditions are quite hospitable, high
Above the canyons, rift valleys, plains,
Lava flows, craters and mountain ranges.
Less than seven hours to cross the Sun
The transit of a planet geologically young.