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A hypnotic, mesmerising sound-spell

Friday 1 – Sunday 30 April
Basement Gallery

Ethometric Museum is a fascinating and transporting new installation by internationally acclaimed sound artist Ray Lee. Appearing to be artefacts from a hitherto unknown branch of science, Ethometric Instruments seem to be curious, fascinating relics from a bygone age.

Ray Lee with his sonaesthetic oscillethergraph

Ray Lee with his 'Sonasthetic Oscillethergraph'

Ray Lee is famous for creating the world-renowned show “Siren”. Here he
has assembled an extraordinary collection of these obscure, yet
compelling objects and, with the assistance of Ethometric Curator
Stavroula Kounadea, is presenting the Ethometric Museum to the public
for the first time in the basement gallery of the Museum of the History
of Science.

Each machine, the precise purpose of which is unknown, emits a specific harmonic frequency, and Ray Lee combines these to create a hypnotic, mesmerising sonic installation.

Read reviews of Ray Lee’s Ethometric Museum on the Oxford Times and Oxford City Guide websites.

The last two activations of Ethometric Museum will take place on Sat. 14 May at 7.30pm & 9pm

To reserve a ticket for an activation showing, please contact the Museum on 01865 277280. If you reserve a ticket, please arrive in plenty of time to pay and collect tickets before entering the show. Any uncollected reserved tickets will be released for sale on the door 10 minutes before the showing. Payment is by cash only. If you would like to pay by card you can do so over the phone through Tickets Oxford on 01865 305305, or online:

Ethometric Museum is a collaboration with, and commissioned by Oxford Contemorary Music ( It is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England (