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Boomkat Product Review:
Psychedelic sonic alchemy from Danish multidisciplinary artist Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard featuring a choir of 19 clarinets. Absolutely singular stuff that's honestly quite unlike anything we've heard before: sometimes terrifying psychoacoustic drone that's both futuristic and strangely historical.
'Saturations' is a composition that's intended to investigate sound's potential for transformation. Løkkegaard cites the phenomena of being in a noisy, crowded room and listening to a conversation up close, before stepping away and hearing the roomful of talking melt into a single throbbing drone bereft of words and language. He recreates this by multiplying sound, here using 19 clarinets playing the same note, allowing the phasing of that note to create sonic variations and subtle tonal shifts.
This is heady stuff that fits neatly alongside Important releases from artists like Pauline Oliveros, ELEH and Harry Bertoia. Løkkegaard uses natural resonance to force a level of deep listening that makes these long pieces effortlessly engrossing. The first side hones in on the clarinet's almost choral upper register and the flip on the bass clarinet's monastic hum. Both compositions utilise similar techniques, but reflect the differences in texture and vibration when the register is shifted. Really next level stuff.