The 2021 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Finalists


Beyond the Musical Instruments

The Guthman Competition selection committee wishes to give special recognition to these entries. While these entrants do not quite meet the parameters of the Competition's search for new ways to make music, they are outstanding artistic achievements in their own right. We feel that they merit the attention of music and music-making enthusiasts everywhere.

Three rectangular screens with electronic patterns dancing on them.

Forms - Screen Ensemble

A generative visual music jukebox.

Created by Playmodes Studio
A standing display with a circle in the middle with interfaces in a pattern surrounding the center display, with people around the display.

Cave of Sounds

Eight instruments are played by the audience in collaboration.

Created by T Murray-Browne with D Aversano, S Garcia, W Hobbes, D Lopez, T Sendon, P Tigas, K Ziemianin
A composite photo of Grace Leslie, Roger Linn, Peter Kern, and Raghavasimhan Sankaranarayanan.

The Path Forward: Creativity in New Instruments

This special Guthman Competition panel addresses musical instrument and interface design. Grace Leslie moderates a conversation with Peter KirnRoger Linn, and Raghavasimhan Sankaranarayanan.

A girl reaching out to touch a panel with circuitry attached to it.

Learning with GoSTEAM

Are you a K-12 student or teacher looking for fun ways to combine music with technology? Check out these lesson plans and activities from our partners at GoSTEAM!

A robotic hand playing music on a piano with a monitor in the background.

Georgia Tech School of Music

Our music technology students combine technical skill with exceptional music talent to truly change the way the world experiences music. They use what they learn to go on to careers in a variety of fields, including software development, hardware engineering, acoustics, robotics, automotive audio, and artificial intelligence.


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