Virtual Music Events at Queen's returns with a seminar by Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard. Watcha gain here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAXw-H1sdZY&t=2s&ab_channel=SARC
Our fantasy has crumbled - yet we must go into utopia to articulate alternative realities that will allow us to escape the current systems we are living in and by. What can we do if we only dream pragmatic and rational dreams that speak into already existing paradigms and systems? When a catastrophic or sudden event occurs we often say that reality exceeds fantasy, this being the exception of the norm, but what if reality exceeding fantasy is in fact the norm - and not vice versa? - what if our fantasy has crumbled in such a degree that we only are capable of imagining realities and solutions which already fit into a dysfunctional system? Are we doomed? - or do we dare to go full on into utopia? In the artistic research project; Music for the inner Ear - Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard looks into the realms of imaginary sound and sonic potentiality unfolded within different artistic domains - raising the questions; Is it possible to create imaginary music only audible for the inner ear of the listener & when does something actually exist? In the project the notion of potentiality is a main driver both in activating the listener but also simply by addressing the potential of potentiality.
Multidisciplinary artist Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard (b. 1979) considers his work to be a basic research in realities. Working within the domains of imaginary & physical sound as well as other non-sonic media, NLL seeks to stimulate new ways of approaching reality. This can be heard in his work with sonic potentiality and music for the inner ear - an imaginary kind of music only hearable for the inner ear of the listener, or in the SOUND X SOUND series where he works with multiplication of sound as a method of investigating music instruments.
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 dissolve shame or trauma connected with a particular music instrument and the act of performing music in general.
Photo Credit: Mike Højgaard