Chorus by Ray Lee.
Report by Entwo editorial.
The steel legs stuck firmly in the ground that propped up the propellor like metal arms at the Millfield Arts centre. A cluster of people waited in anticipation. A quick flicker and the red eyed creatures came to life. The slow spinning blades, filled the soundscape with a warm, rich, harmonic buzz. Children played and the rest stood perplexed and curious, capturing a rhythmic swing of spinning sounds, comforted by the trees that shielded a different sort of hum of passing traffic. So there they stood, tall insect like creatures that filled a mesmeric spacial sensory ride.
The website Circulate, outdoor art for London reports that: Chorus is a monumental installation of giant kinetic sculptures, a celestial choir of spinning sound machines, created by award-winning artist and British Composer of the Year, Ray Lee. Towering above the audience, a series of giant metal tripods support rotating arms. At the end of each arm, loudspeakers emit precisely tuned musical pitches, singing out a siren call to all those present.
Chorus is produced by Simon Chatterton and commissioned by Newbury Corn Exchange, Brookes University and Oxford Contemporary Music. Chorus is funded by Arts Council England and PRS Foundation
This video was shot on the first public art performance using a smart phone at Millfield Arts Centre on Friday 10th November 2017.