Brookes lecturer displaying sonic artwork at Winter Lights Festival, Canary Wharf

Friday, 08 January 2016

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Ray Lee, award-winning composer and lecturer in the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University will be taking part in this year’s Winter Lights Festival at Canary Wharf, London (11-22 January).

The Winter Lights Festival features sculptures, structures and installations from some of the most innovative artists and designers around today. Together the artists represent four continents showcasing amazing visual spectacles that will light up the Canary Wharf skyline.

Fascinated with what happens when sound moves, Ray creates spinning, whirling and pendulous sound installations and performances. He was awarded British Composer of the Year for Sonic Art in 2012, and will be displaying his kinetic sound artwork Chorus at the festival.

Chorus is a new piece developed from Siren, his hugely successful sonic artwork which has been performed more than 120 times at key venues across the world. Chorus was recently shown at the Warsaw International Contemporary Music Festival in September, attracting large crowds.

Ray said: “Chorus is a collection of monumental and transfixing sound sculptures. It features giant metal tripods supporting rotating arms; at the end of each arm loudspeakers emit precisely tuned musical pitches creating a pulsating, harmonic drone singing out a hypnotic siren call to audiences.

“I am very excited to be part of the festival this year and to have the opportunity to show my work alongside a host of other talented artists. The festival offers something for everyone and is a great way to brighten up those dark January nights.”

The Winter Lights Festival 2016 is free to attend. Best seen after 4.00pm, all the installations and light effects will come alive throughout the evening until 9.00pm.

Chorus will be on display from 11 to 14 January in the Columbus Courtyard at Canary Wharf.

You can find out more about Ray’s research and creation of sonic art masterpieces in an Impact Case Study on the University’s research webpages.

Image credit: Chorus at Warsaw Autumn Contemporary Music Festival September 2015: Photo Grzegorz Mart