Sound artist and composer Ray Lee, renowned for creating music for public places, created an outdoor musical and visual spectacle composed for electronically generated bell sounds, each swinging from a giant metal tower. The composition buillt 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 were able to walk around the space and experience the series of micro-melodies shifting and changing as the piece progressed.
Ring Out is commissioned by Oxford Contemporary Music.
This commission also received support from Oxford Brookes University and 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space and support using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
About Ray Lee
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 aim to make contemporary music accessible and engaging for a wide audience. Siren toured the world with significant British Council support.
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. Ray is an associate artist of OCM (Oxford Contemporary Music).
The performance of Ring Out was recorded by the BBC at Zebedee's Yard, Hull on 1 July 2017 and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.