A series of giant towers hold suspended bell-like speaker cones. A team of ‘bell-ringers’ start to operate the industrial machinery and make the pendulum arms swing to and fro, gradually swinging higher and higher until each arm soars up over the heads of the audience ringing forth with a peel of electronic tones that combine into a transfixing harmony of pulsing drones.
Ring Out continues Ray Lee’s distinctive combination of sound and kinetic sculpture that pushes at the boundaries of street art by bringing high quality contemporary composition into the public realm.
Ring Out was commissioned by OCM, received a PRS New Music Biennial award, Arts Council England funding and support from Oxford Brookes University with performances for Hull (City of Culture) and at London South Bank, and a broadcast on BBC Radio 3. The work was developed at the 101 Outdoor Art Creation Space at Greenham Common, Newbury.
See an interview with Ray Lee talking about the project with Kevin Le Gendre here: https://youtu.be/7RTcTM72Egg
I have posted a video from Ring Out at Llawn06 made by Soundlands on my blog. You can see that here: https://www.sonaesthetica.com/post/ring-out-in-wales
Touring and restaging:
- Southbank Centre, London
- Hull City of Culture
- Market Square, Corn Exchange Newbury
- Clarendon Quad, Bodleian Library Oxford
- LLAWN Llandudno, produced by Soundlands
Concept and Design: Ray Lee
Co-design and fabrication: Martin West, 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Centre
Costume design, volunteer ringers training and general help and advice: Stavroula Kounadea
Produced by Simon Chatterton
Commissioned by: Oxford Contemporary Music
Funded by: PRSF New Music Biennial 2017, Arts Council England, Oxford Brookes University
Technicians: Martin West, James Ball, Edward Collins, Graham Elstone, Tony James, Rob Lee