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Stockhausen Festival: Ray Lee - Siren

Siren is a forty-five-minute performance that takes place within a whirling, spinning spectacle of mechanical movement, electronic sound and light. A forest of metal tripods, up to 3m tall, have rotating arms that spin around, powered by electric motors. Hand built electronic tone generators power loudspeakers at the end of each arm creating an extraordinary sonic texture of pulsing electronic drones. Small LED’s at the end of the arms trace circles of light as the arms rapidly rotate creating a compelling visual image.

The audience move freely about the space and experience different sonic and visual perspectives of the work. Meanwhile the performers move about within the mass of swirling metal machinery, operating their machines and tuning oscillators to change the musical composition while dodging and ducking the rapid movement of the rotating arms.

As the arms rotate, the sound pulses past the listener with a Doppler-like effect, while the cluster of closely tuned oscillators creates a rich and pervasive sound world. A minimalist phasing of the rhythmic pulses emerges as the varying speeds of rotation of the arms makes the pulsing tones phase against each other in a constantly evolving polyrhythmic structure. The closeness of the tuning of the separate tones sets off a series of amazing overtones that evoke the sense of an ethereal choir.

‘Mesmerising’ New Yorker

‘An amazing spectacle’ Daily Telegraph

‘We are literally watching sound as it moves through space.’ 

The Age, Melbourne

Ray Lee is an award-winning sound artist and composer. He creates spinning, whirling, and pendulous sound installations and performances that explore “circles of ether,” the invisible forces that surround us. His immersive and mesmerising works such as the world-wide hit ‘Siren’, the ‘Ethometric Museum’ and his monumental outdoor work ‘Chorus’ aim to make contemporary music accessible and engaging for a wide audience.

‘Siren’ has been touring the world for the past ten years, being performed over three hundred times across thirteen countries and three continents. ‘Ethometric Museum’ won him the 2012 British Composer of the Year for Sonic Art. ‘Force Field’ was awarded an honorary mention in the 2008 Prix Ars Electronica. He is a Professor of Sound Art at Oxford Brookes University.

For more information on Ray Lee’s work see:

General Information

Guests with Mobility Impairments

Guests who use a wheelchair or experience mobility impairments are asked to call the box office on 01273 678822 or email so that we can assist you to find the best seat to suit your requirements.

Pay What You Decide

There are up to 20 Pay What You Decide (PWYD) tickets available to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Come and see the show without paying anything in advance, and then pay what you think is appropriate at the end of the show. Maximum of four PWYD tickets per person. Please phone the box office on 01273 678822 or email for further information.


The Concessions rate is available for students, University of Sussex students, Over 60s, and people in receipt of JSA or DLA/PIP. Proof of eligibility may be required on the door or at the box office (if collecting).

Personal assistance tickets are available for free for customers who would otherwise be unable to attend the venue. Please contact the box office on 01273 678822 or email for further information.

Box Office Opening Times

The box office (phone line and drop-in service) is open from 10am to 4pm, Mondays to Fridays. The box office is also open one hour before the advertised show start time.

Dates & Times

  • Friday 03 February, 2017
    7:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Saturday 04 February, 2017
    4:00pm – 5:00pm


  • Adults
  • Concessions
  • University of Sussex Students
Stockhausen Festival: Ray Lee - Siren
Friday 03 February  – Saturday 04 February

Stockhausen Festival: Ray Lee - Siren Tickets

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