String Instrument Building

Tonight I performed with a bunch of young and talented musicians at Ravintola Artturi using the instruments we built yesterday at Yuri Landman’s string instrument building workshop at the 7th TAMK Art, Music and Media International Week.

Yuri Landman conducting the 'concert' at Ravintola-Artturi, Tampere, on Thursday 8 May 2014
Yuri Landman conducting the ‘concert’ at Ravintola-Artturi, Tampere, on Thursday 8 May 2014

I recorded the first half of the second piece, which is available here.


The instrument building workshop was fun. And here is how we made our string instruments, starting from Yuri explaining the history of music scale…

Yuri Landman explaining the history of scale
Yuri Landman explaining the history of scale

Yuri Landman's String Instrument Building Workshop, TAMK Int'l Week

Cutting wood
Cutting wood
The trick of wood cutting is not to cut your finger off, and cit the wood by holding the saw at 45 degree
The trick of wood cutting is not to cut your finger off, and cit the wood by holding the saw at 45 degree
Fitting the tuning pegs onto the wood
Fitting the tuning pegs onto the wood
Some of the tools we used
Some of the tools we used
Trying to be precise, using a ruler
Trying to be precise, using a ruler

Yuri Landman's String Instrument Building Workshop, TAMK Int'l Week

Yuri Landman's String Instrument Building Workshop, TAMK Int'l Week

Went to the workshop to use a more heavy weight machine - Don't forget to wear the goggles
Went to the workshop to use a more heavy weight machine – Don’t forget to wear the goggles

Yuri Landman's String Instrument Building Workshop, TAMK Int'l Week

Yuri Landman's String Instrument Building Workshop, TAMK Int'l Week

Yuri Landman's String Instrument Building Workshop, TAMK Int'l Week

Yuri Landman's String Instrument Building Workshop, TAMK Int'l Week

Yuri Landman's String Instrument Building Workshop, TAMK Int'l Week

Yuri Landman's String Instrument Building Workshop, TAMK Int'l Week

Yeah - it's working!
Testing a Triochord. And yeah – it’s working!
Yuri Landman demonstrated how to play a string instrument
Yuri Landman demonstrated how to play a Home Swinger, which has 12 strings, an electronic pickup and a movable rod to alter the pitch of the instrument.

Yuri Landman's String Instrument Building Workshop, TAMK Int'l Week

Yuri Landman's String Instrument Building Workshop, TAMK Int'l Week

Yuri Landman's String Instrument Building Workshop, TAMK Int'l Week

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