photo Tony Gill

"Chorus" by Ray Lee (UK) is a monumental musical installation composed of kinetic sound sculptures.

An impressive monumental musical installation by the British composer and sound artist Ray Lee consists of kinetic sound sculptures. Above the audience rises a series of metal tripods on which are rotating arms. At the end of each arm, speakers emit finely tuned musical tones, creating a pulsating and harmonious hum and a hypnotic call to everyone present. The red lights at the end of the arms create an effect of a whirling swarm of fireflies or planets on the move, like enchanting orbits of colour.

The intersecting light creates circles above the heads of the audience, and the combined chorus of rotating sounds creates a cohesive harmonious whole, a syrupy flow which at the same time is inspiring and enchanting.

Concept: Ray Lee
Construction: The Chorus tripods were designed by Ray Lee with Charlie Camm of Scenetec Ltd.
Technicians: Martin West, Tony James, James Ball
Produced by: Simon Chatterton

Supported by: Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Tourism and City of Rijeka - Department of Culture
The programme is part of Rijeka 2020 - European Capital of Culture project
Rijeka - Port of Diversity

Ray Lee (UK)

Ray Lee is an award-winning sound artist and composer. He creates spinning, whirling, and pendulous sound installations and performances that explore “circles of ether”, the invisible forces that surround us.

His immersive and mesmerising works such as the world-wide hit "Siren", "Ethometric Museum" and his monumental outdoor work "Chorus" create strange and beautiful worlds of sound and movement, engaging diverse, new audiences with contemporary music. Over the last decade, "Siren" has toured to eigthteen countries with the support of the British Council and "Ethometric Museum" won him the 2012 British Composer of the Year for Sonic Art. "Force Field" was awarded an honorary mention in the 2008 Prix Ars Electronica. He is a Professor of Sound Art at Oxford Brookes University and an associate artist of OCM (Oxford Contemporary Music).

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