Ian Stewart


Transit of Venus

Soprano Saxophone : pre-recorded voice : tape
(13 minutes 14 seconds)
Commissioned for Naomi, by her family

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

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

Transit of Venus

Naomi Sullivan : soprano saxophone (studio recording)

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 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 of a planet geologically young.