Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard: Music for Krügerrand

For the first timer ever Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard will showcase his performance 'Music for Krügerrand - quartet for gold bullion coins' in public at this year’s Gong Tomorrow. The businessman Lars Seier Christensen will take part in the performance. 

Gold is the subject of not only dreams and fascination – but also fear. Who hasn’t dreamt of being rich? At the same time, gold works as a barometer for fear in the world. If the future appears uncertain and insecure, gold prices will rise. 

In ‘Music for Krügerrand - quartet for gold bullion coins’ composer Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard focuses on the attraction of gold. And to do that he has had to borrow money. A lot of money. By hitting valuable gold bullion coins against each other the work will come to life.

It is the sound of a gold coin that determines its value. The ring of the coins makes it possible to reveal whether it's a fake or whether its purity is clouded by copper or nickel.

A work in two parts 

'Music for Krügerrand - quartet for gold bullion coins' will be performed in two parts: 

In the first part, Niels Lyhne explores the sonic properties of gold as four percussionists make the coins ring like small cymbals of precious metals. It creates a high frequency tone with a lot of reverberation and, depending on the dimensions of the coin and the alloy, tones with a specific pitch and timbre.

The second part is a piece for tone generators based on the gold coins different frequency spectra. It can be referred to as the imprint of gold or the abstraction of money.  

About Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard

Composer, sound researcher and former coin collector. Graduate from Rhythmic Music Conservatory and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. Løkkegaard often works with the multiplication of sound and has created works for 16 triangles and for 18 clarinets.