J A C O B  K I R K E G A A R D

The Royal Lifegard's Music Corps, Copenhagen, Denmark

K R Y D S  I L D

Jacob Kirkegaard’s KRYDS ILD is an orchestration of CROSSFIRE
It was written especially for - and performed live by the Royal Lifegard's Music Corps at Stærekassen, The Royal Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 2022

CROSSFIRE is created from sound recordings of firearms and artillery, a work thus evokes the sounds of a war situation. But it is more than just a collection of sounds, as Kirkegaard, as part of his composing method, conducted interviews with a veteran who spent time under fire, talking with him about the human sound of war, the endless, unbearable wait and then the sudden, deafening crossfire. From these conversations Kirkegaard was able to approach questions that shaped his work: What does war sound like? Does it have a special sound? A tonal language? 
Kirkegaard has sought the answers to these questions through a year of audio research including several visits to the Danish military shooting ranges, as well as to shooting ranges with civilian weapons’ enthusiasts. He has made sound recordings with sensitive vibration sensors placed directly on firearms and military vehicles as well as with acoustic measuring microphones positioned in shooting ranges. Jacob Kirkegaard has listened attentively to the mechanics of the weapon, the cutting of the projectile through the air and the deep echo after the explosion of a grenade. Jacob Kirkegaard used his recordings to compose a work that was then transcribed especially for The Royal Lifeguard’s Music Corps. 

KRYDS ILD was commissioned by KLANG Festival, orchestrated by Connor McLean and published by Edition·S.


1-minute edit from KRYDS ILD. Recorded live at Stærekassen by Jacob Kirkegaard


1-minute teaser for CROSSFIRE / KRYDS ILD
Review (in Danish) by Jakob Gustav Winckler for SEISMOGRAF: På den anden side af kugleregnen.


For subtitles in English Click on the lower right in the video


Images and video from Jacob Kirkegaard's recordings for this project:

Accelerometer / sensor recordings of firearms. Recordings of their inner mechanics.

Ballistic gelatin is a testing medium designed to visually simulate the effects of bullet wounds in muscle tissue. 
Sensors placed on the gel surfaces enabled picking up the sound of the gelatin when penetrated.
Recordings made with forensic technician in Denmark.


1st field trip to the Danish Military
Sound recordings of various shots and overshooting with AK47 and other machine guns.

2nd field trip to the Danish Military
Grenadaes fired from Pirana 5 battle tank as well as from its inner mechanical sound


3rd field trip to the Danish Military. Sound recordings of grenade shelling (near-field and far distance), Borris, Denmark

4th field trip to the Danish Military. Artillery demonstration for the Danish Police force. Near-field sound recordings of grenade shelling, Oksbøl, Denmark



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