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Microtonal Projects are pleased to invite you to an instrument
Apply to info at microtonalprojects.co.uk
Deadline for applications: 12 April
Yuri Landman – Instrument building Workshop
Venue: EWERK Freiburg
Eschholzstr. 77, 79106 Freiburg
Price: 125 €
Duration: 4 Hours
Yuri Landman - Instrument Building Workshop
The Home Swinger is a simplified version of the Moodswinger designed
to be easy to assemble and play. It does not feature the slick
finished design of the Moodswinger, but is exactly the same sounding
instrument. Yuri Landman presents a 4 hour long Do-It-Yourself
workshop whereby participants will leave with a finished Home Swinger
instrument as well as a strong understanding of its structure and
workings. The difficult soldering part will be taken care of by Yuri.
Participants require no special skills and the difficulty of the
process has been compared to building a piece of IKEA furniture!
In advance of the workshop Yuri will prepare the component parts of
the instrument for the participant to use in construction. These
include: 4 pieces of ready shaped wood in the required sizes and
predrilled with holes, easy to employ machine heads for the strings,
one pickup (good quality, equal to Fender), an on/off switch, a jack
output, a few screws, bolts and nuts and some metal for the bridges,
as well as two sets of strings.
The participants pay for their own materials. Each workshop is limited
to 16 spots. Duration of the workshop is approximately four hours. You
pay per instrument, so you are allowed to bring your friend and do
this workshop together.
Artists who own a Home Swinger are Micachu, The Luyas, These Are
Powers, David Holmes, A Place To Bury Strangers, Ice, Sea, Dead
People, The Go!-Team, Action Beat, Jay Malhotra (Kate Nash), We vs.
Death, Zoppo, Thread Pulls, Signe Tollefsen, Susies Haarlok, Kapitan
Korsakov, At No Bikini Beach, Jad Fair, DAAU, Ex-Easter Island Head,
Foot Village and Wu Fei.
BIOGRAPHY Yuri Landman
Yuri Landman (1973) is an experimental instrument builder and
musician. After a career as a comic book artist as well as a musician
in the bands Zoppo and Avec-A, Yuri Landman began designing
experimental musical instruments. Based on prepared guitar techniques,
he built his first instrument in 2001 to solve the inaccuracy of
In 2006 he got in contact with Liars. Developed over six years of
prototyping, he fully realised the Moodswinger for them with
commissions from numerous other musicians to follow. Yuri has custom
built derivatives for such musical luminaries as Sonic Youth, Half
Japanese, Enon, Lou Barlow, dEUS, The Dodos, Blood Red Shoes, Liars,
HEALTH, Liam Finn, The Luyas, The Veils, Melt-Banana, Micachu & The
Shapes, The Go! Team, These Are Powers, Jay Malhotra (Kate Nash),
Women, Action Beat, Peter James Taylor, Rhys Chatham, Dustin Wong,
Philippe Petit and others.
Around 2008 he started giving lectures and presentations with his
instruments, leading to a request in 2009 for a practical building
workshop. This became the rise of the Home Swinger project. A
Gesamtkunstwerk consisting of a DIY-workshop where people build their
own electric instrument and often followed by an afternoon rehearsal
on the second day and a 40 minute ensemble performance with multiple
Home Swingers, drums, basses, and guitars in the tradition of the Rhys
Chatham and Glenn Branca compositions. Soon after the emergence of the
Home Swinger Project, other building workshops followed, featured in
this booklet. Events have taken place in AU, BE, CH, DK, ES, FR, GE,
UK, NL, SV and US.
In 2012 Landman formed the 2-piece band Bismuth w/ multi-
instrumentalist Arnold van de Velde. In the same year he started his
infamous Strat Eraser Project to help musicians get rid off their
useless gear. In the same year the book Nice Noise was published. This
book is written by Yuri Landman and Bart Hopkin and is an education
book about how to prepare guitars.
The Moodswinger as well as the Home Swinger are included in the
permanent collection of the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ.
The SONS Museum in Belgium owns another instrument of Landman.
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