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Suite Venus

by Phill Sawyer

SUITE VENUS Sound of the novel, Venus on Mars, by Jan Millsapps Composed & Performed by music legend Phill Sawyer. Produced by Jan Millsapps and Phill Sawyer for Jaded Ibis Productions: © 2013 Precambrian Music
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Things
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2. After Image
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3. Dark Sky City
3:48 $0.99
4. Earthlings
3:20 $0.99
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Sound of the novel, Venus on Mars, by Jan Millsapps. Composed & Performed by Phill Sawyer. Produced by Jan Millsapps and Phill Sawyer for Jaded Ibis Productions: © 2013 Precambrian Music

01 Things (1:44)
Soon after nothing, things took shape, breaths were taken, words formed. We assumed our identities and acquired the practical skills we would need for the time we would spend as Earthlings.

03 After Image (1:22)
Departing one’s time on Earth is neither sudden nor precise. We linger in time and hover in space, waiting patiently until our myriad futures become clear.

05 Dark Sky City (3:48)
As the westward journey begins, we wonder at the unknown ahead. When the moment comes to experience it, we prepare ourselves as best we can. The window to the heavens opens. We arrive at our destination: good seeing, the culmination of everything previously imagined.

06 Earthlings (3:20)
Amassing our treasures, we head straight into the pulsing storm, but we cannot hold on. The winds rearrange everything. When the skies clear, we are not anywhere we’ve been, but at last we can see who we have become.

Phill Sawyer is a music and media composer and producer with half a century's experience, beginning in the Hollywood recording studios of the sixties, where he worked on classic sessions with Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis, the Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Papas, and many others. His essay on working with Sinatra appears in the Sinatra family’s 2007 release of “Sinatra: Vegas.”
Sawyer’s career shifted to the San Francisco music scene of the late sixties/early seventies, where he engineered recordings with rock notables Jerry Garcia, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, David Crosby, Graham Nash, both the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, and with jazz virtuoso Denny Zeitlin. His work in the San Francisco recording studios is documented in the book “If These Halls Could Talk.”
His composing credits include "Titanic" on the Kantner-Slick “Sunfighter” album, “XM” and “Home” on the first Jefferson Starship album, “Blows Against the Empire,” an original score for the musical “Cactus,” which he co-produced, and sound design for the shadow theatre production “In Zanadu,” which he also performed.
His movie credits include Phil Kaufman’s "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and "The Wanderers," Jon Jost’s “All the Vermeers in New York” and “Sure Fire,” and Emiko Omori’s “Hot Summer Wind.”
He has collaborated with Jan Millsapps as sound designer on multimedia works “Episodes,” co-produced with La Casa de las Madres, “Coverage,” featured installation at the 2002 Mill Valley Film Festival, and “Building Without Boundaries,” a live performance celebrating the opening of the new Fine Arts Building at SFSU.
For nearly a decade he taught sound design and production for film in the San Francisco State Cinema Department, and more recently worked with the University of California’s Continuing Education for the Bar during their transition from analog video and audio production to digital and online media.



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