British Academy award for Brookes composer

Monday, 03 December 2012


Artist and lecturer Ray Lee was a winner at the prestigious 2012 British Composer Awards this week (3 December). Ray's work The Ethometric Museum won the Sonic Art category at the awards run by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).

 

Artist and lecturer Ray Lee was a winner at the prestigious 2012 British Composer Awards this week (3 December).

Ray’s work The Ethometric Museum won the Sonic Art category at the awards run by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).

The Ethometric Museum is a fascinating sound installation commissioned by Oxford Contemporary Music and premiered at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford last year.

The piece is a collection of objects from what seems to be a hitherto unknown branch of science. Each one emits harmonic frequencies which Ray combines to create a hypnotic, mesmerising sound.

In making its decision, the judging panel noted that Ray's work was: "A highly inventive and extraordinary work which is at times quirky, beautiful, humorous and moving. This fascinating collection of sound-generating devices, placed and performed within a theatrical museum, provided a captivating and immersive experience. We were struck by both its integrity of concept and breadth of appeal."

Following his award win, Ray commented: "I'm delighted to receive this award for The Ethometric Museum. The Sonic Arts Research Unit at Brookes is the home of some fantastic composers and artists and I hope that my award will help everyone get further recognition for their hard work. It's also a testament to the work of Oxford Contemporary Music who show such originality and forward thinking in their commissioning and programming as well as a great opportunity for me to work closely with the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford.”

Alison Honour, Head of the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Ray and testament to his talents as a sonic artist. Ray produces art which is challenging, thought-provoking and beautiful. It is fantastic for our students, the University and Oxford that a prominent and talented composer is creating such critically acclaimed work.”

Sarah Rodgers, Chairman of BASCA and the British Composer Awards, added: “This has been a great year for British composers and BASCA is immensely proud to celebrate their success at the British Composer Awards. The 10th anniversary Awards have presented an authentic reflection of the new and the established, across a spectrum of language and invention which affirms the high reputation of contemporary classical composition in the UK.”

The ceremony took place at London’s Goldsmiths' Hall and a BBC Radio 3 Sunday Concert programme featuring the 2012 British Composer Awards will air on Sunday (9 December, 2pm).

Further information on the Sonic Art Research Unit is available online and a trailer for The Ethometric Museum is available to view on this page.