17 Jul 2014

OU sponsors sonic art installation 'Chorus' at Milton Keynes International Festival



A stunning sound and light installation sponsored by The Open University (OU) is set to be a highlight of the Milton Keynes International Festival 2014 next week.

Chorus - a large sound and light installation created by Ray Lee, British Composer of the Year for Sonic Art in 2012, will be located across three sites in Central Milton Keynes.

The work consists of series of large metal tripods with rotating arms which will overlook the audience. Loudspeakers at the end of each arm emit a pulsating, harmonic sound while intersecting lights create the effect of a whirling swarm of fireflies, or planets in motion. The effect on the audience is designed to be transfixing and uplifting.

To accompany the installation, the OU will also be leading an expert discussion entitled One Person’s Noise is Another Person’s Music, on sonic art in public places.

This is the second year that the OU has sponsored activities at Milton Keynes International Festival, as part of its ongoing contribution to the life of the community where it has been based for more than 40 years.
"Ray Lee uses technology in exceptional 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," said Lucian Hudson, Director of Communications.
“By supporting the Festival we are strengthening our links with our local partners and 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."

Milton Keynes International Festival runs at venues across the city from 18 – 27 July 2014.

Notes to editors

About Milton Keynes International Festival (IF)
IF has been transforming Central Milton Keynes with a world-class, multi-arts programme of extraordinary events in unusual places and public spaces since 2010.

Produced by internationally renowned music organisation The Stables, the Festival is underpinned by an ongoing theme of sound and music. Over 10 days, the high quality programme features artists and companies from across the world and consists of large-scale outdoor events, international productions, a highly decorated ‘Spiegeltent’ hosting comedy, cabaret and live music, pop-ups and events designed to take place in specific buildings or public spaces.

The Festival has a growing reputation for also presenting UK premieres, commissioning new work and embedding an Artist-In-Residence into its programme. IF is delivered every two years with funding from Arts Council England and Milton Keynes Council, and support from businesses, trusts and foundations.

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