Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard

potentiality, utopia, imaginary sound, transformation
Denmark °1979
affiliation: RMC

NLL considers his work to be a basic research in realities working within the domains of physical and imaginary sound and other non-sonic media. In his work, he strives to stimulate new ways of approaching sound as heard in the SOUND X SOUND series (read below), or in his latest work Music for the inner ear - an imaginary kind of music only hearable for the inner ear of the listener.


Working with physical sound:
Over the recent years NLL has experimented with creating music that lets the instruments transcend their inherent sonic norms and reappear as new, untouched sound. In the work series SOUND X SOUND he explores this by way of multiplication. He has written and recorded the seven pieces of SXS from 2013 to 2016 – a series of works multiplying one instrument a number of times: One piece is written for 9 pianos, another for 18 clarinets, 10 hi-hats and so on.

The multiplication brings out new timbral phenomena, interference of sound waves and vibrations, and brings out what NLL calls the sound’s potential of transformation. He describes this as the quality in a musical piece, when you no longer hear recognisable instruments, but instead the individual sound, as well as the individual musician, is dissolved into the collective sound.


Working with imaginary sound:
NLL is composing imaginary music only hearable for the inner ear of the listener, where written stories about sound manifest themselves as imaginary pieces of music, or soundless sound-installations evokes inner soundscapes within the listeners mind. A kind of music in which the listener also becomes the composer, and a kind of music that unfolds itself in a utopic space -a space of potentiality.

On a philosophical level NLL is interested in how stories about sound can be accepted as being sound detached from any psychical manifestation, and how narratives are capable of constituting reality. The interest in how the narrative meta-sphere can be a space for artistic action in what could be described as curatorial times, has also lead NLL into creating Curatorium, a curatorial non- event that celebrates sound on an annual basis. Curatorium is a story about a sound-art festival that never takes place - a festival in between realities. 



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