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Ray Lee

Ray Lee

The Robotic Theremin Ensemble: Four Theremins, Three Robots, One Human

The Robotic Theremin Ensemble is Ray Lee plus a trio of robotic assistants making up a quartet of Theremins. Controlling the robotic arms with footswitches as well as through a MIDI sensor, Lee creates four part harmony, a counterpoint of robot and human interaction, to reveal music from the Ether.

Lee's work combines the use of analogue technology with digital processes. His insect-like, raw mechanical constructions play authentic Theremins and his musical training enables him to create a true fusion of sound and image.

The Robotic Theremin Ensemble is a new work that develops both his fascination with the Theremin as an instrument that you play by manipulating its electromagnetic field and his interest in performance as a way of engaging an audience and revealing musical processes as part of a live experience.

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.

Ray Lee is best known for his large scale sound performance/installation 'Siren'. 'Siren' was a hit at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe winning a Herald Angel Award and receiving 5 star reviews. It was featured at the 2007 Ars Electronica Festival in Austria and has since toured the world with performances at major international arts festivals in the US (including New York, Minneapolis, New Haven and Columbus) as well as in Auckland, Tasmania, Melbourne, and all across Europe.

His more recent work 'Force Field' received an award at the 2008 Prix Ars Electronica for Digital Music. He lectures in contemporary arts and music at Oxford Brookes University.