Images of Guthman 2024 finalist instruments


The 2024 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition started with submissions from instrument makers from all over the world.

Ten innovators from five countries have advanced to the competition's final round. They will meet on the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta, Georgia on March 8 and 9, 2024, to compete for $10,000 in prizes.

2024 Finalists

Meet the ten Guthman Musical Instrument Competition finalists. Each finalist and their instrument has a compelling story — these are the world's next generation of musical instruments.

Babel Table

Jean-François Laporte – Canada

The Babel Table uses multiple arrangements of latex membranes and compressed air to produce a variety of voices, from deep percussive effects to electronic-like chirping. The instrument, originally made for a children's project called Babaloune, is designed to capture the attention of children and represent different characters in the project.


Kat Mustatea and Yonatan Rozin – United States

The sound-movement instrument BodyMouth allows performers to sound out words using body movements in specific sequences.

Bone Conductive Instrument (BCI)

Pippa Kelmenson – United States

The Bone Conductive Instrument (BCI) sends sound signals through the jaw that vibrate the individual resonant frequencies of the body. It's designed to help users across the hearing spectrum access musical sounds.

Circle Guitar

Anthony Dickens - United Kingdom

The Circle Guitar adapts the conventional electric guitar concept to use a rotating wheel that strikes the strings, creating rhythms impossible to perform by hand.

The Lorentz Violin

Thomas Coor – United States

Marrying old techniques and new technologies, the Lorentz Violin is a portable electromechanical instrument using a guitar pickup and a variable-speed magnetic wheel to create different tones.


Playmodes - Spain

The Sonògraf is an audiovisual instrument designed as a music learning tool for primary schools. Performers make music using drawing and collage, which are captured by a camera and transformed into sound.


Nicola Privato – Italy

Thales allow users to make music by interacting with magnetic fields, using controllers containing magnets and multiple sensors.


Max Addae - United States

By using three rubber cords, singers can use VocalCords to augment and modify their voices in real time. Manipulating the cords by hand is intended to bring the relationship between touch and sound, shared by many musical instruments, to the singing voice.


Orpheas Kofinakos, Herui Chen, Peter Zhang – United States

The eXpressive Electronic Keyboard Instrument (XEKI) encourages people to move while playing by incorporating body movement into musical expression.


Chi Wang - United States

YUAN, a data-driven instrument controller, allows performers to use capacitive touch, brightness change, and motion detection to manipulate sound.

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