SOUND X SOUND (2014-2017)

 -a series of works where each composition is an exploration of one single instrument that is multiplied.

The aim is to get the instruments to exceed their own familiar sound and the sonic norms embedded within the instrument in an attempt to dissolve the sound of the individual instrument and the individual musician- and instead to become a collective sound.


The works of the SOUND X SOUND series was released internationally as a 7x7 ¨ vinylboxset in 2017.

The series consists of the following 7 compositions:


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


Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard 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."

Løkkegaard is interested in 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. 

This is also the case for the SOUND X SOUND series.

“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.