Award-winning composer and lecturer brings sound art to Oxford Christmas Lights Festival

Friday, 17 November 2017

Ring Out credit Lee Price

Sound artist and Oxford Brookes lecturer Professor Ray Lee, is bringing his sound performance Ring Out to Oxford’s Christmas Lights Festival this weekend (Friday 17 - Sunday 19 November)

Ray, renowned for creating sound art for public places, has created an outdoor musical and visual spectacle composed for electronically generated sound bells, each swinging from a giant metal tower. The composition builds a series of tonal pitches into a constantly evolving texture of pulsed tones created by the swinging of the bell-speakers by a team of local bell-ringers.

The audience are able to walk around the space and experience the series of micro-melodies shifting and changing as the piece progresses.

Ring Out has been shown in Hull, City of Culture 2017 and at London’s Southbank Centre for the New Music Biennial festival earlier this year. It was commissioned by Oxford Contemporary Music and was made possible by a PRS Foundation New Music Biennial award, as well as support from the Arts Council of England and Oxford Brookes University.

Ray is a multi-award-winning artist and composer, and Professor of Sound Art in the top ranking School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University, where Publishing and Fine Art are ranked 3rd and 4th in The Guardian University League Tables 2018. He teaches MA Sound Arts and is the School of Arts Postgraduate Director.

Ring Out will be at the Clarendon Quad, Broad Street, Oxford from 10pm on Friday 17 November, 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm on Saturday 18 November and 10.30am on Sunday 19 November and is free to attend.

Ray will be giving an Open Lecture at Oxford Brookes University on Wednesday 6 December, entitled Sound and Wonder: The sound art theatre of Ray Lee. More information can be found on the Events webpages.