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Siren Ray Lee

Watch an excerpt of Siren


With support from the British Council and Oxford Brookes University

Siren played from January 8th to 11th, 2009 in the Mainstage theater.

About the show

Siren is a whirling, spinning spectacle of mechanical movement, electronic sound and light by artist, composer and performer Ray Lee.

This 'choir of rotating sirens' creates an audio visual spectacle that is essentially a live experience. While you explore the space, the performers move about within the mass of swirling metal machinery, dodging and ducking the rapid movement of the rotating arms. The sound pulses past the listener with a Doppler-like effect, while the cluster of closely tuned oscillators creates a rich and pervasive sound world. The closeness of the tuning of the separate tones sets off a series of amazing overtones that evoke the sense of an ethereal choir.

Ray Lee is an artist, composer and performer whose work investigates the hidden world of electro-magnetic radiation and how sound can be used as evidence of invisible phenomena.

Part of the Under the Radar Festival 2009

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“I could have sat for hours hypnotized by the final crystal chord of the spinning oscillators.”
— Live Art Magazine