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Margaret Guthman New Instrument Competition
A Legacy of Guthman - A Look at Previous Finalists
Georgia Tech's Margaret Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition is an annual event aimed at identifying the world's next generation of musical instruments. The competition invites musicians, inventors, and artists to exhibit original instruments. Competitors demonstrate their instruments in front of a panel of judges -- who are experts in the Music Technology field -- and then perform captivating music for a live crowd.
The competition showcases ground-breaking technological function and musical transformation. Previous Guthman entrants such as the OP-1, Roli Seaboard, and Mimu Gloves became mainstream music products after the competition. Other instruments are experimental and completely unique, like the Infinitone or the Adjustable Microtonal Guitar.
The competition is hosted at the Ferst Center for the Arts, in the heart of Georgia Tech’s campus. Free Parking will be available in the W02 Student Center Parking Deck in Visitor Area 3, a short walk from the Ferst Center at Georgia Tech. The parking deck entrance is located on the driveway closest to the traffic light at the corner of Ferst Drive and Regents Drive/Means Street. After you park in the deck, exit the deck opposite from the street side, and then go right at the sidewalk, heading towards the Ferst Center at Georgia Tech, which will be on your left.
It's A Convention For Musical Inventors
While the competition is just that – a competition – for the participants, it’s also a convention. Contestants mingle with peers who have similar interests, and share ideas with other talented creators. Our semifinalists are often just as interested in learning more about the other instruments at the competition as we are! The finals begin at 7pm on March 9th, and are a classic concert format. Each finalist gets the opportunity to perform on stage, demoing their instrument to a live crowd and an online audience. It’s an experience not to be missed by music enthusiasts, technical hobbyists, or anyone else who is interested to see where technology is taking the music of tomorrow!