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Lee, Ray Ásgeir

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 worldwide hit Siren, the Ethometric Museum, and his new 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 reader in Sound Art at Oxford Brookes University.


Major works: Swing, composition made for the surface building of a disused coal mine in Snibston (1994), The Theremin Lesson / Spin / Choir for Masson Mill sound machines (2000), Siren, kinetic sound installation consisting of rotating sirens (2004), Force Field for MIDI theremin and sound machines (2007), Swarm, kinetic sound composition for suspended motors with loudspeakers (2008–9), Murmur, spatial composition for array of spinning sound machines (2010), The Ethometric Museum, performance / installation for fictitious “ethometric instruments” (2011), Chorus, monumental installation of rotating sound machines designed for outdoor locations (2013), music theatre performances created with Harry Dawes: The Modulation (1994), In the Ether (1996–97), Loud and Clear (1997), Loop (1998).