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Sounds of the future come to Coventry city centre

Shaun Reynolds 23rd Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

FREE public performances of an acclaimed futuristic sound show are taking place at Coventry University tonight.

The University is playing host to award-winning ‘sonic artist’ and composer Ray Lee’s celebrated musical installation, ‘Chorus’.

Performances take place in University Square opposite Coventry Cathedral at various times tonight (Friday 23) and tomorrow (Saturday, October 24).

Looking and sounding like something from a science-fiction film set, Lee’s Chorus is made up of a series of remote controlled tripod-shaped structures that produce music through motion.

Standing an imposing five metres tall, the monumental metal sculptures have rotating arms that create a harmonious siren-like sound as they spin around.

Flashing red lights attached to the end of the arms add a colourful optical dimension to the piece. Exploring aural, visual and physical forces, Chorus combines sight, sound and movement into a spellbinding sensory experience.

A big hit with audiences in the UK and overseas, Chorus has been presented at major musical events including the 2014 WOMAD (World of Music, Art and Dance) Festival and this year’s Warsaw Contemporary Music Festival.

The production comes to Coventry as part of the University’s 2015 INTIME Symposium – a two-day conference that brings artists and academics together to discuss, practice and perform experimental music. Chorus creator Ray Lee is a keynote speaker at the Symposium.

Tom Williams, principal lecturer in music composition at Coventry University, said: “We’re delighted to have Ray Lee here in Coventry and I’d urge people to come along to see and hear his Chorus. It’s simply an awesome spectacle.

“Chorus looks and sounds extraordinary. It’s compelling because of its giant scale – people who have visited the work in the past have described the tripods as like something out of ‘The War of the Worlds!‘

“Others have described the music itself as sounding like the work of an ‘alien symphony’ and it certainly does have an enchanting, otherworldly feel to it. The movement of the machines creates an extraordinary sonic effect as if the sound is being literally spun around the listener. I think Chorus is a wonderful audio-visual experience and I’m sure audiences in Coventry will really enjoy it.”

Performances of Ray Lee’s Chorus take place in University Square at 6pm and 8pm on Friday October 23 and continuously throughout 1pm to 3pm and at 6pm and 7.30pm on October 24. Performances last for thirty minutes and are free to attend.

The annual INTIME Symposium takes place at the Ellen Terry Building at Coventry University on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 of October.

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