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
Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin - website
First performance of revised 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
(with electronic ambience)
Sunday, 22 March 2015
Djanogly Recital Hall
Nottingham - U.K.
(with pre-recorded voice and electronic ambience)
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen
Antwerp - Belgium
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.
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.