SOUND X SOUND is a series of compositions by Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard, where each piece is an exploration of one single instrument that is multiplied.
The works of the SOUND X SOUND series was composed in the period between 2014-2015 and in the end 7X7" vinyls was released in a limited box set edtion in 2016/2017.
The SOUND X SOUND consists of the following pieces:
SOUND X SOUND - MUSIC FOR 8 RECORDERS (2014)
SOUND X SOUND - MUSIC FOR 30 CHROMATIC TUNERS (2015)
SOUND X SOUND - MUSIC FOR 9 PIANOS (2015)
SOUND X SOUND - MUSIC FOR 15 SHAKERS (2015)
SOUND X SOUND - MUSIC FOR 18 CLARINETS (2015)
SOUND X SOUND - MUSIC FOR 16 TRIANGLES (2015)
SOUND X SOUND - MUSIC FOR 10 HI-HATS (2015)
Løkkegaard’s aim is to get the instruments to exceed their own familiar sound by multiplying and layering the sound; - attempts of dissolving the individual musical instrument and the individual musician and to make it reappear in another form.
A sonic as well as human synthesis.
He explains the concept of this sound as follows:
“Imagine you enter a room with vibrant acoustics, such as a cafe full of people having conversations, and when you’re close to those conversations you hear the language and understand the words. If you step away from the tables, however, and stand in the doorway, you begin to loose the ability to distinguish the words from one another. Now instead of hearing the individual conversations, melts all the conversations together, and transform into a one new sound. A sound of people without words and language. Just as when you hear a group of geese squawk, or the wind in tree tops, a kind of nature given sound of people. Once the language is dissolved and the words stop making sense, what is left, is the sound."
Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard is interested in exploring the sensuousness of sound, and he wants his music to stimulate new ways of approaching sound.
Løkkegaard often works with music instruments not only as sources of sound but also as cultural markers embedded within different systems and hierarchies. This being a driver in Løkkegaards work has led into compositions of music that can be performed by musicians as well as non-musicians - all revolving around the focus on how to create a safe environment for performing music, and dissolve shame or trauma connected with a particular music instrument and the act of performing music in general
“I try to reinvent the instrument from a constructive zero even though that might be a utopian quest filled with paradoxes, impossibilities and ramifications” and continues: ”I work with multiplication and layering of sound, as a way to make the wellknown sound dissolve and reappear as another sound. A sonic as well as human synthesis."
In the SOUND X SOUND series Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard seeks to create music that lets the instruments transcend their inherent sonic norms and reappear in other forms. In the work series SOUND X SOUND he explores this by way of multiplication and layering of sound.
The multiplication brings out new timbral phenomena, interference of sound waves and vibrations, and brings out what Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard calls the sound’s potential of transformation. He describes this as the quality in a musical piece, when you no longer hear recognizable instruments, but instead the individual sound, as well as the individual musician, is dissolved into the collective sound.
The SOUND X SOUND series appears in:
The Wire Magazine (#383 + #387)
+ other media.
Thanks to all the involved musicians, engineers, writers,
documentarists and designers:
Jeppe Zeeberg, Anders Filipsen, Frederik Denning, Rasmus Kjær, Mikkel Almholt, Lars Fiil, Adi Zukanovic, Jakob Davidsen, Mathias Holm, Karina Agerbo, Pernille Petersen, Lucas Seidenfaden, Kirsten Aage, Louise Hjorth, Christina Lauridsen, Camilla Bachhausen, Patricia Johansen,
Anders Banke, Francesco Bigoni, Marika Thinggaard Andersen, Pernille Bévort, Anders Bast, Birgit Bøgh Sønderriis, Anders Gaardmand, Henrik Pultz Melbye, Kasper Wagner, Jan Harbeck, Aske Drasbæk, Bo Skjold Christensen, Anders Havshøj, Jacob Danielsen, Kristoffer Viktor Nybye, Morten Lohmann Sønderskov Jensen, Jeppe Skjold, Peter Fuglsang, Jeppe Højgaard, Jeppe Zacho, Vincent Pongrácz, Ole Visby, Emil Palme, Søren Gemmer, Ole Mofjell, Szymon Gasiorek, Jonas Johansen, Alexander Mackenzie, jacobien Vlassman, Anna Justyna Rybacka, Laurits Hyllested, Peter Gjeraae Sabroe, Asger Thomsen, Bruno Tagliasacchi Masia, Søren Høi, Mathias Savery Lorentzen, Mathias Wedeken, Utku Tavil, Tobias R. Kirstein, Anders Vestergaard, Bjørn Heebøll Thomas Præstegård, Mads Emil Nielsen, Håkon Berre, Rune Lohse Sørensen, Jeppe Høi Justesen, Sven Schlijper-Karssenberg, Katrine Ring, Mike Højgaard, Thomas Dyrholm, John Fomsgaard, Anders Morre, Bjarke Underbjerg, Joachim Morre & Søren Kahr.
The SOUND X SOUND series was supported by the Danish Arts Foundation