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The free and open to the public event will be followed by the Moog Student Challenge Presentation at 8:30.

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2015 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Semi Finalists

Dulsitar
Judy Piazza
USA
Du-Touch
Bruno Verbrugghe, Jules Hotrique
France
Yaybahar
Görkem Şen
Turkey
The D-Box
Victor Zappi and Andrew McPherson
UK
ndial
Peter Bussigel
USA
Magnetic Percussion Tower
Ed Potokar
USA
PushPull
Dominik Hildebrand Marques Lopes, Amelie Hinrichsen, Till Bovermann
Germany
Cantor Digitalis
Christophe d'Alessandro, Boris Doval, Lionel Feugère, Olivier Perrotin
France
Tine Organ
Matthew Steinke
USA
The Holophone
Daniel Iglesia
USA
Turner Winch
David Matthews
USA
Buildacode
Mónica Rikić
Spain
SculpTon
Alberto Boem
Italy
The O-Bow
Dylan Menzies
UK
Aural Cavity
Sang Won Lee
USA
Nomis
Jonathan Sparks
USA
Ondes Matrenot
Suzzane Farrin
USA
Feedback Synth
Krzysztof Cybulski
Poland
GePS, Gesture-based Performance System
Cedric Spindler & Frederic Robinson
Switzerland
The sponge
Martin Marier
Canada

 

 

 

The Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition, an annual event to find the world’s best new ideas in musical instrument design, engineering, and performance, is held at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Sponsored by the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, the School of Music, and the College of Architecture, the competition selects 20-25 semi-finalists from all over the world each year to come to Georgia Tech to compete for $10,000 in prizes (including a $5,000 First Prize).

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The Guthman Musical Instrument Competition is designed to show how extraordinary ideas have the potential to change the way music is made and experienced. Entries are varied and creative, challenging the way instruments and music making have traditionally worked. Past entries have included a multimedia timpani, an electromagnetic textile suit, interactive light-emitting blocks, an iPhone Choir, and a keyboard that moves in and out as well as up and down. More unusual instruments have been submitted as well, including a flame-driven glass-tube organ, submersible percussion, a tongue-based controller, and a partially edible toy piano. The contestants, equally diverse, come from dozens of countries and reflect a broad range of interests and professions. Participants have included innovative creators/performers, full-time inventors, creative consortia, research groups, students, faculty, and dedicated hobbyists. All preliminary and final performances are open to the public, encouraging a wide audience to take part in the future of music technology. Each year, the panel of judges includes internationally acclaimed musicians, engineers, designers, performers, composers, and visionaries.

The Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition has become a major event in the world of new instrument design. Wired.com has called it the “X-Prize for music,” and contestants have likened it to a TED Conference for new musical instrument designers. Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music observed that in “the crowded world of new instrument design, the Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition has emerged as a key prize for the best work, with creations battling fiercely for attention.”