The premiere of this work was produced by Oxford Contemporary Music, where it was exhibited and performed at the prestigious Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum.
Appearing to be artefacts from a hitherto unknown branch of science, Ethometric Instruments are curious, fascinating relics from a bygone age. Ray has assembled an extraordinary collection of these obscure, yet compelling objects. Each machine, the precise purpose of which is unknown, creates specific harmonic frequencies, and he uses these to create a sound art performance full of sonic riches. The machines, many of which are kinetic, are activated during a live performance and weave a hypnotic, mesmerising spell over the audience.
Ray Lee is an artist, composer, and performer. His work investigates his fascination with the hidden world of electro-magnetic radiation and in particular how sound can be used as evidence of invisible phenomena. He is interested in the way that science and philosophy represent the universe, and his work questions the orthodoxies that emerge, and submerge, according to the currently fashionable trends. He creates spinning, whirling, and pendulous sound installations and performances that explore “circles of ether,” the invisible forces that surround us.
His large scale installation and performance ‘Siren’ was a hit at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe winning a Herald Angel Award and receiving 5 star reviews. ‘Siren’ was featured at the 2007 Ars Electronica Festival in Austria and has gone to tour the world with performances in 12 countries including the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and several countries in Europe. His work ‘Force Field’ received an award at the 2008 Prix Ars Electronica for Digital Music.