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Old 05.09.2007, 01:34 AM   #1
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Experimental Luthier Yuri Landman Introduces the Moodswinger

Dutch experimental luthier Yuri Landman has created an instrument known as the Moodswinger that promises to expand the sonic palette of string players. Technically not a guitar but an electric zither, the instrument is a further exploration of the third bridge design that, in addition to the two traditional fixed bridges (nut and standard bridge), incorporates a means by which a third bridge is introduced by placing a metal object under the strings between the two fixed bridges, as in Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth's use of a screwdriver as a third bridge.
In 2006, Landman, who, in addition to an experimental luthier is also a comic book artist, illustrator, musician, singer, graphic designer and furniture designer, built the first 12-string Moodswinger for Aaron Hemphill of Liars. Unlike an electric guitar, the pickup and electronics are built into the neck instead of the body, and, according to Wikipedia, "In contrast to its predecessors [third bridge instruments], the Moodswinger is more focused on an easy non-atonal playing technique. A mathematical scale is added to specify 23 harmonic positions on the strings. Because the 12 strings are tuned in a circle of fourths, it's always possible to play every note of the equal tempered scale. However some positions have a + or - indication, because the equal tempered scale is not a perfect well tempered scale."




 
Yuri Landman's Moodswinger




Landman is currently building a Moodswinger for Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth.
The following Wikipedia entries are recommended for more information about Yuri Landman, the Moodswinger, and third bridge instruments.
Yuri Landman on Wikipedia
Moodswinger on Wikipedia
third bridge instruments on Wikipedia

http://www.modernguitars.com/archives/003233.html
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Old 05.09.2007, 07:40 PM   #2
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cool shit!
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Old 05.09.2007, 07:41 PM   #3
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Old 05.09.2007, 10:50 PM   #4
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finally! SY should switch to all custom made weirdo instruments...

like: http://www.oddmusic.com/gallery/
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Old 05.10.2007, 12:14 AM   #5
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not exactly tour-friendly though
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check out this link to Yuri's very detailed and very awesome website about his very awesome custom SY/Branca inspired guitars, including lots of info about Lee's Moodswinger: www.hypercustom.com

dude has taken it to the next level. AND some units are for sale, but for hella euros....
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finally! SY should switch to all custom made weirdo instruments...

like: http://www.oddmusic.com/gallery/

Those are some great instruments. Unfortunatly, I think SY is now making music more like Snow Patrol... I mean, they are for the money, aren't they? If not, why The Eternal sounds soooooo dull??? Maybe they should beg to Jimo to come back!
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Those are some great instruments. Unfortunatly, I think SY is now making music more like Snow Patrol... I mean, they are for the money, aren't they? If not, why The Eternal sounds soooooo dull??? Maybe they should beg to Jimo to come back!

You gotta see them live to witness their true magic.



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finally! SY should switch to all custom made weirdo instruments...

like: http://www.oddmusic.com/gallery/

Great! Many of them have sound samples, did you listen to them? Some would easily fit to sy guitars. That i want to hear!

I heard that Einstürzende Neubauten once did a projekt, where they wrote their album online, in front of webcams, and their fans could tell them what to do. I want this with these instruments and sy. that would be more fun the snow-patrol-eternal, for sure.
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Old 10.08.2009, 02:03 PM   #13
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Great! Many of them have sound samples, did you listen to them? Some would easily fit to sy guitars. That i want to hear!

I heard that Einstürzende Neubauten once did a projekt, where they wrote their album online, in front of webcams, and their fans could tell them what to do. I want this with these instruments and sy. that would be more fun the snow-patrol-eternal, for sure.

Fuck yeah!! I agree. They should compose a record destroying computers and guitars with a hacksaw. Just no to be so Snow Patrolish! (Is it well said?)
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