Through several years, Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard has been researching imaginary sound and sonic potentiality.
The ending of the research project Music for the inner ear - an exploration of sonic potentiality is marked by the solo exhibition Into Utopia, where a variety of Niels Lyhne Løkkegaards works is on display, all of which relates to the transition between potential and actual reality.
The works ranges from installations without physical sound to imaginary experiences of sound from texts and drawn sound. The beholder is encouraged to create open soundscapes by listening with their inner ears.
Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard (b. 1979) considers his compositional work to be a basic research in sound, working within the domains of physical and imaginary sound. He is interested in exploring the sensuousness of sound, and he wants his music 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. A kind of music in which the listener also becomes the composer.
“I try to reinvent the instrument from a constructive zero. Create new music and create new ways of listening. - he says, and continues: ”I work with multiplication of sound, as a way to make the wellknown sound dissolve and reappear as a new sound”.
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. This is comparable to a room filled with people talking. From a distance you cannot identify the language or understand the words, but the sound remains - pure, free and open to all ears.
The SOUND X SOUND pieces do not have clear narratives but rather they possess sculptural and repetitive qualities.
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. NLL raises the question: When does something actually exist?
The work of NLL has been presented at a variety of different venues and museums a.o. MoMA (NY - as a part of the René Magritte exhibition The Mystery of the Ordinary, 2013), Imaginary West Indies (Overgaden Copenhagen, 2017), ISCM (Vancouver, 2017), Radiophrenia (Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts, 2017), CPH:DOX (Copenhagen, 2017), Roskilde Festival (2017), Harpa (Reykjavik, 2017), G((o))ng Tomorrow Festival (Copenhagen 2016) and his works has been released on labels such as Hiatus (DK) and Important Records (US). NLL is associate professor at RMC in Copenhagen, and has given lectures at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Simon Fraser University (Vancouver), The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Artistic Research Forum (N), Goldsmiths University of London a.o.p. NLL has been awarded with several prizes a.o. from the Danish Art Foundation and the Sonning Foundation.
Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard – Into Utopia
Five day exhibition concluding the research project ‘Music for the inner ear - an exploration of sonic potentiality’.
Open: Monday 22nd of October 2018 18:00-19:00 and the 23-26th from 11:00-15:00 CET.
Room: Koncertsalen, RMC, Leo Mathisens Vej 1, 1437 Copenhagen
Facebook event here.