Space modulates sound
Lee has been commissioned to make several installation pieces in recent years. Many of these more recent installations have been a sonic investigation and exploration of the physical space in which they are installed. Often these spaces are resonant (caves, tunnels, tanks, churches, bunkers).
Most of these pieces have also been research based, and Lee has used the history, stories, local communities and characteristics of a space to inform and inspire his work.
Some pieces have combined these different approaches, and oftentimes performances have taken place within these installations along with community engagement projects running alongside.
Space is investigated using sound waves:- the resonant and standing sound waves of a space are determined and then amplified back into the space in which they have been found. The result is a complex sound space with loud and quiet spots of sound being created as the sound waves interact (refract, amplify and cancel out) with the space its self. The audience are invited to move and interact with the space, determining the different sonic characteristics of the environment as they do so.
These installations are such a good demonstration of the physical characteristics of sound responding to space that recently Lee has been invited to work with the physics department at Bath University presenting these installations to audiences interested in Physics (2018 and 2019), and Lee (in collaboration with Rob Olins) is now working with this Physics department to produce a space that is made to deliberately modulate sound (the Phonic Crystal).
Sound mirrors have also been used regularly in Lees recent installation works (the sound mirrors are a collaboration with sculptor Rob Olins), these reflect sound and can produce hot and cold spots of spots of sound when installed in a space, they are sometimes used in conjunction with the sub sonics/ standing waves in Lees installations.