Best known for his international hit Siren, Ray Lee has been producing innovative sound art performances and installations for the past 25 years. He creates spinning, whirling and pendulous sound installations that explore 'circles of ether', the invisible forces that surround us.
In the 1990s, Lee's company Lee and Dawes, with associate Harry Dawes, produced award-winning and innovative music theatre that toured nationally and internationally, winning the prestigious Barclay's New Stages Award for experimental theatre for In the Ether. Lee's large-scale sound installation Swing was featured at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 1999, and since 2000 he has produced a series of large scale projects including his new works Force Field (awarded an honorary mention in the 2008 Prix Ars Electronica) at ICA, London, and Swarm at Music Centre Netherlands, Amsterdam and FACT, Liverpool. His work Murmur was featured at the Liverpool Biennial as part of the show organised by the New York organisation No Longer Empty.
In 2012 he received the British Composer of the Year award for the Ethometric Museum.
Sound art theatre.
Enter the Ethometric Museum and be transported to a science fiction world of cosmic tones and esoteric technology, a gallery of amazing electrical curiosities.
Ethometric Museum was premiered at the prestigious Museum for the History of Science in Oxford during April 2011 before being presented in the cellar of a Mason's lodge at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Flexible to different locations can be adapted to mid scale or small venues.
Performances can be repeated multiple times during day/evening.
A whirling, spinning spectacle of mechanical movement, sound and light. Silent performers move within a forest of metal tripods, whose rotating loudspeakers weave an ethereal, hypnotic sound world. A world wide hit, Siren continues to amaze.
Siren was featured at the Ars Electronica Festival in Austria, and received five star reviews and a Herald Angel award at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe. Since 2008, Siren has toured worldwide with over 250 performances in 15 different countries.
Large-scale, adaptable to wide range of indoor locations.
Up to 3 performances per day.
A collection of theremins are played by a quartet of robots, all controlled from an ancient hacked harmonium. An intriguing contemporary music-based performance that will engage a wide range of audiences.
Stage based music performance.
Ray Lee regularly lectures in sound and performance and is happy to give talks and workshops in connection with his performances, and can contribute to discussions and symposia on related subjects.
"Gentle, whimsical and resonant with beauty."
"If you're after something different, Ethometric Museum will take your breath away."
"An amazing spectacle"
The Daily Telegraph
"A precise piece of theatre"