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A one day experimental music workshop led by Yuri Landman and Louis Palfrey

Workshop leaders will guide attendees through experimental music techniques for beginners and useful tools for improvisation.

This workshop will be held outside of Radio Margate’s usual trading hours, so if you’d like to attend please register your interest by contacting Louis Palfrey at

Read more below.


Participants only workshop: 10am-8pm (with breaks) Public performance: Doors 8.30pm

Join Yuri Landman and Louis Palfrey for a day of experimental music making and performance.

We invite up to 10 participants to take part in an intensive, daylong beginners workshop in experimental music composition and improvisation techniques. The workshop will run from 10am to 8pm with breaks for tea, coffee, lunch and dinner (not provided), and will culminate with a free-to-attend public performance. Workshop participants should bring instruments with them if possible, but some will be provided by Louis and Yuri.

Information about the workshop leaders

After a few years of speaking together online, Yuri and Louis met at the 2018 Zomeracademie at Destelheide learning centre in Belgium, where Louis attended a weeklong workshop in experimental instrument building and composition/improvisation techniques led by Yuri Landman and composer/performer Bert Bernaerts. Yuri and Louis plan to distill and deliver the essence of their week in Belgium in just one day at Radio Margate (minus the instrument building, but they will bring some of Yuri’s inventions with them for participants to play).

Yuri Landman (1973) is a Netherlands-based musician and inventor of experimental musical instruments. Landman built his first instrument in 2001 as a means to solve the inaccuracy and unreliability of playing prepared guitar in performance situations.

Yuri has built experimental instruments for acts such as Sonic Youth, Blood Red Shoes, Liars, Lou Barlow (of Sebadoh/Dinosaur Jr.), Melt-Banana, dEUS, Half Japanese, Dustin Wong, and more.

Besides performing and inventing instruments, Yuri regularly holds instrument building workshops 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 published Nice Noise with Bart Hopkin, a book about string preparations and extended techniques for guitar. In 2017 he was commissioned by the sound art org iii to develop the motorized sound art installation Helicopters. Yuri plays in the band Bismuth with Arnold van de Velde and also performs solo.

Louis Palfrey (1991) is a Margate-based composer, producer and sound artist. Louis works with guitars, synthesizers, homemade instruments, and a plethora of effects pedals, which he uses to create disparate sound worlds ranging from psychedelic noise and ambience to fuzzy blown out beats.

Louis has composed music and soundscapes for short films, podcasts and computer games, and also releases music under the alias Mouthless (among others).

As well as composing and releasing his own music, Louis has led and helped facilitate a number of music workshops on topics as varied as music production, sound composition, instrument building and songwriting. Louis suffers from Anxiety, Panic Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome, and has a strong interest in Zen and Taoist Philosophy, all of which has a strong influence on his work as well as his teaching style.

This project is supported by Jerwood Arts through the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme, of which Louis was a 2018-19 recipient.

Applying for the workshop

This is a free opportunity with 10 places available. Priority will be given to applicants with no or limited experience with creating experimental music, performing in public, or attending workshops.

You must be aged 18 or over and be living in the Thanet area to apply, and you must be available from 10am-late on Thursday 25 April 2019.

To apply for the workshop please send an email to

When applying, please provide us with basic information about yourself and why you would like to take part in the workshop. Please also answer the questions below:

1. Do you play an instrument or create your own music in any capacity?

- (Eg. band or orchestra, producing music on a computer - please specify.) - If yes, what music do you typically play/create? Do you have any experience with playing/creating experimental music?

2. Do you have any performance experience?

- (Eg. music, theatre, dance - please specify.)

3. Have you ever attended a music workshop before?

- (If yes, please specify.)

4. Do you have any additional needs or special requirements?

- (Eg. translator or carer.)

Kind support for this workshop from Jerwood Arts.

Earlier Event: 19 April
Later Event: 3 May