Photo: Yuri Landman

SAMA Open Lectures: Yuri Landman

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 17:30 to 19:00
Theatre Academy, Auditorium 2
Open Lecture
Free entry

SAMA Open Lectures: What’s possible in sound? is a series of presentations by four artists who have been invited by Uniarts Helsinki to talk about the theme of sound from their own perspective.

The first lecture is titled Demonstration of Experimental Musical Instruments and is held by a musician and an inventor of musical instruments Yuri Landman. 

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. 

In the past seven years 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 followed by an album in 2014 Bismuth.

Institutes such as MIM (Phoenix), Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, WORM, Extrapool, 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.

In this lecture Landman will talk about his personal motives why building musical instruments became his primary artistic focus, how it turned from an arty ambition into an actual career, followed by a demonstration of ± 10–15 instruments and explanation how they function and are designed. The lecture ends with a Q&A.

Other SAMA Open Lectures:
Tuesday 30 Oct, 
Noora Vikman: Soundscapes and acoustic ecologies in change
Tuesday 20 Nov, 
Jordan Edge: Noise, Silence & Modal Listening
Friday 14 Dec,
Taina Riikonen: Listening in the Era of Fossil Capitalism: Acceleration, Atomization and Post-Noise

Lectures are organized by Sound Art & Sonic Arts study module (SAMA) and open to the public. Lectures are in English.