The Open University is once again supporting IF: Milton Keynes International Festival in 2014, sponsoring the ‘Chorus’ sound and light installation by renowned artist and composer, Ray Lee, who won the British Composer of the Year 2012 for Sonic Art. The Festival runs from 18-27 July at various sites across Milton Keynes and is listed as one of the top 100 festivals by The Sunday Times.
‘Chorus’ is an impressive series of giant metal tripods with rotating arms which tower above the audience. At the end of each arm loudspeakers emit a pulsating, harmonic sound and lights create the effect of a whirling swarm of fireflies, or planets in motion. These intersecting lights trace rings above the heads of the audience, while the combined chorus of the spinning speakers creates a cohesive harmonious whole that is transfixing and uplifting.
Lucian Hudson, Director of Communications at The Open University, said: “Ray Lee is fascinated by invisible forces such as magnetism and uses technology in very unique ways to create his inspiring works. This chimes with the legacy of the OU, which has always been creative in using the technology of the day to help people learn. We are delighted to be supporting the Festival and strengthen our links with Milton Keynes – a city which, like the OU, is celebrated for its innovation and creativity.”
Monica Ferguson, Festival Director of IF: Milton Keynes International Festival said: “The Open University’s support for the Festival is an example of how partnership working can enrich our experience of the city by enabling this extraordinary work by an award-winning international artist and composer to come to Milton Keynes for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike. ‘Chorus’ is a highlight of our programme celebrating 10 amazing days in July.”
The ‘Chorus’ tripods will be located in three different sites in Central Milton Keynes, creating different contexts, sounds and experiences in each place.
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