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 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. 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, ES, FR, GE, HR, NL, RU, 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, and The Smell (LA).
In 2012 Landman formed the 2-piece band Bismuth w/ producer & multi-instrumentalist Arnold van de Velde. He built a wide range of electric percussive 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.
Siluh Records and Thick Syrup Records released 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.
Also the book Nice Noise was published in 2012. This book is written by Yuri Landman and Bart Hopkin and is an education book about how to prepare guitars.
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.
Besides building instruments for bands he also did music collaborations with acts such as The Moi Non Plus, Jad Fair, Philippe Petit, G. W. Sok (The Ex), (members of) Action Beat, Peter James Taylor, Stignoise, Der Wexel von Westerveld (Intonarumori), and Ex-Easter Island Head.
Landman is a guest teacher at the Academy for Pop Culture (Leeuwarden NL), Zadkine Pop Academy (Rotterdam NL), PXL Pop Academy (Hasselt BE) and he gave lectures at Ghent University, RAM in London, Bradford University, Nantes University, 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 Rotterdam based music venue WORM runs a sound lab for artists in residents with a collection Landmans instruments.
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.