Yuri Landman (1973) is a musician and an inventor of musical instruments. Based on prepared guitar techniques, he built his first instrument in 2001 to solve the inaccuracy of instant preparations. He has build experimental for acts such as Sonic Youth, dEUS, Melt-Banana, Rhys Chatham, Ex-Easter Island Head, Half Japanese, Kaki King and others.
Besides performing and inventing instruments, his main co-activity is giving instrument building courses and lectures. Since 2009 he has given over 200 DIY-instrument building workshops in Europe and the US at music festivals, music academies, art academies, concert venues and art spaces. In 2012 Yuri Landman and Bart Hopkin published Nice Noise, a book about string preparations and extended techniques for guitar. In the same year he started his band Bismuth with Arnold van de Velde as well as doing solo performances. In 2017 he was commisioned by the sound art org iii to develop the motorized sound art installation Helicopters.
Institutes such as MIM (Phoenix), Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, WORM, Extrapool, Radiona, Matrix, Sonoscopia own collections of his instruments. Articles about his work have appeared in Pitchfork, The Guardian, CNN, Libération, El País, Frankfurter Algemeine, and many others.
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.
Landman has custom built derivatives for such musical luminaries as Sonic Youth, Half Japanese, Enon, Lou Barlow, The Dodos, Blood Red Shoes, Liars, HEALTH, Liam Finn, The Luyas, Kaki King, The Veils, Melt-Banana, Micachu & The Shapes, The Go! Team, These Are Powers, Jay Malhotra (Kate Nash), Mauro Pawlowski (Ex-Evil Superstars, dEUS), Women, Action Beat, Peter James Taylor, Rhys Chatham, Dustin Wong, Philippe Petit, Remko Scha (†), Ritornel, Hifi Club, Tomoko Sauvage 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 rise of the Home Swinger project, a series of other building workshops followed with all kinds of different instruments such as kalimbas, hacked harddisc drives, daxophones, amped coca-cola bottles. He quit working for the famous acts and discontinued his famous models like the Moodswinger and the Springtime. The workshops and performances became his main activity.
Events have taken place in AU, BE, CH, DK, EE, ES, FR, FI, GER, HR, ISL, IT, LV, MLT, NL, PL, PT, RS, RU, SI, SV, UK, and the US, at notable places like Villette Sonique (Paris), SKIF (St. Petersburg), Knitting Factory (NYC), Le Lieu Unique (Nantes), Le Guess Who? (Utrecht), Nantes University, Royal Academy of Music (London), Bradford University, Tanned Tin (Castello), Liverpool International Music Festival, Resonate Festival (Belgrade), Lab30 (Augsburg), The Smell (LA), and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin).
Siluh Records and Thick Syrup Records released in 2011 That’s Right, Go Cats, an album he made with Arnold van de Velde and René van Lien (both ex-Feverdream). The album features prominent guest appearances of Jad Fair (22 minutes on side A) and the French noise artist Philippe Petit.
In 2012 Landman formed the 2-piece band Bismuth w/ producer & multi-instrumentalist Arnold van de Velde. He built a wide range instruments for Bismuth when the band grew into a broader set list.
In the same year he started his infamous Strat Eraser Project to help musicians get rid off their useless gear.
Also the book Nice Noise was published in 2012. This book is an education book about how to prepare guitars written by Yuri Landman and Bart Hopkin. The book somehow marks the end of his focus on string instruments only and he starts to build a large collection of electric steel percussion instruments mostly made from found objects such as hollow, solid, round and square bars, circular saw blades, cup wheels, flat discs, bowls, springs, tanks from confetti shooters, etc.. In November that same year he gave a TEDx lecture about his work.
In 2013 he published a controversial cover article for Premier Guitar about a guitar he modified on request of the magazine. Besides his performances with the instant ensembles and Bismuth Landman also starts to perform solo with help of self built electronics and motorised instruments. Stefan Woudstra published the doc Alles Tot Dit about Landmans work, also available on YouTube. Late 2013 Landman starts doing a series of solo-performances with motorized instruments, string and steel instruments, self built electronics and modulation pedals.
In 2014 Bismuth released their first album.
Besides building instruments for bands he also did music performances with acts such as The Moi Non Plus, Jad Fair, Philippe Petit, (members of) Action Beat, Peter James Taylor, Stignoise, and Ex-Easter Island Head. Also he collaborated with members of Those Foreign Kids and with sound artist Der Wexel Wessel Westerveld, who owns a collection of Intonarumori replicas and motorized sound installations.
In 2015 he developed his first motorized sound installation. In the same year he also developed a musical dance performance with dance company De Stilte. In 2016 he published a second big article in Premier Guitar about experimental guitar building and gave the result to Thurston Moore. For Lee Ranaldos Lost Ideas Festival in Belgium he developed a DIY workshop based on a Glenn Branca instrument Lee played in the early 80s. Harman Kardon asked him in 2017 to built an instrument with J. Views in a promotional documentary about the producer. In the same year he was commisioned by the sound art organisation iii to develop the motorized sound art installation Helicopters. The organisation 7090 gave him a follow up order for another set of helicopters. Musical Instrument Museum Brussels set up a large overview exhibition of his works in December 2018.
Landman works with a growing group of sound art orgs that own collections of his instruments for sound research, education and artist-in-residency programs.
Current organisations who own permanent collections are WORM (Rotterdam NL), Flipside (Eindhoven NL), Can Vicente del Amo (Ibiza ES), Extrapool (Nijmegen), Matrix (Leuven NL), Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (Amsterdam), MoTA/Ljudmila (Ljubljana), Liebig 12 (Berlin DE), Radiona (Zagreb), Sonoscopia (Porto PT), St James Cavelier (Malta), MAAJAAM (Otepää ET), TAMK (Tampere FI).
Landman is a regular guest teacher at the Academy for Pop Culture (Leeuwarden NL), Zadkine Pop Academy (Rotterdam NL), PXL Pop Academy (Hasselt BE), TAMK (Tampere FI), FH Joanneum (Graz AU), Aalto Uni (Helsinki FI) and he gave lectures and workshops at KHM (Cologne), Ghent University, RAM in London, Bradford University, Nantes University, Salford University (UK), Sibelius Academy (Helsinki FI) and Willem de Kooning Academy (Rotterdam NL).
Articles about his work have appeared in Pitchfork, The Guardian, CNN, Libération, El País, Frankfurter Algemeine, and many others.
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.
Yuri Landman is een muzikant en instrumentenbouwer. In het begin van zijn carriere verwierf hij faam met een reeks instrumenten die hij bouwde voor o.a. Sonic Youth, Half Japanese, dEUS (Mauro), en vele andere artiesten uit het experimentele circuit.
Sinds 2009 concentreert hij zich volledig op zijn eigen muziekprojecten waarbij hij collecties instrumenten bouwt en ermee musiceert in instant samengestelde formaties. Hij gaf meer dan 200 DIY-workshops sindsdien in AU, BE, CH, DK, EE, ES, FR, FI, GER, HR, ISL, IT, LV, MLT, NL, PL, PT, RS, RU, SI, SV, UK en de US. Naast de workshopinstrumemten blijft hij ook nieuwe instrumenten ontwikkelen, zo’n 80 verschillende tot dusver.
Tevens treedt hij regelmatig solo op of met Arnold van de Velde onder de naam Bismuth. In 2011 publiceerde hij i.s.m. Bart Hopkin het boek Nice Noise over alternatieve speltechnieken op gitaar. In 2014 verscheen het debuutalbum van Bismuth.
Diverse organisaties als WORM, Flipside, Extrapool, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (Klankspeeltuin), MoTA/Ljudmila (Ljubljana), Radiona (Zagreb), Liebig 12 (Berlijn), Maajaam (Otepää ET), St James Cavelier (Malta), Can Vicente del Amo (Ibiza), Matrix (Leuven) en Sonoscopia (Porto) bezitten collecties instrumenten van Landman voor geluidsonderzoek, residenties en educatie.
Persaandacht voor zijn werk was er bij Pitchfork, The Guardian, CNN, Libération, El País, Frankfurter Algemeine, NRC, Volkskrant, Parool, Trouw, DWDD. De musea SONS (BE) en Musical Instrument Museum (Phoenix) hebben instrumenten van Landman in hun collectie opgenomen.
Yuri Landman & Der Wexel Wessel Westerveld
Instrument collection for Sonoscopia, Porto, Portugal
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