Len Lye (1901-1980)


Composing Motion: The Sound of Tangible Motion Sculpture



  1. Blade 4:09
  2. Universe 8:02
  3. Roundhead 4:32
  4. Trilogy 8:07
  5. Big Blade 6:54
  6. Grass 2:42
  7. Storm 1:31
  8. Stormking 3:41
  9. Fountain 2:20
  10. Roundhead #2
  11. Roundhead #2
  12. Bell Wand (Components) 1:13
  13. Sea Serpent
  14. Blade #2 4:00




These tracks comprise recordings of some of Len Lye’s kinetic sculptures. One of New Zealand’s most innovaive and remarkable artists, Len Lye became an internationally renowned animator, film maker and sculptor. Considered well ahead of his time, many of his kinetic sculptures have only recently been realised as they required technology and materials that have only more recently become available.

The Govett-Brewster Gallery in New Plymouth has the largest collection of Len Lye kinetic sculptures anywhere in the world and others have since been constructed:eg New Plymouth’s ‘Wind Wand’ or the ‘Water Whirler’ on the Wellington waterfront.

“Sound crazy people vibrate to sound and this disc is for them; it’s got some of the sharpest astringent zings of sound that ever cut the air, maybe because it’s all made with doctor’s blade steel, some of it the sharpest. … All I know is that when it’s set up in motorized vibrating and shaking devices, and struck with strikers, it cuts a new sound groove.” -- Len Lye