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Stephen Altoft scaltoft at googlemail.com
Tue Jan 29 07:18:53 EST 2013

Microtonal Projects are pleased to invite you to an instrument  
building workshop

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  
instant preparations.
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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