The 2021 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Finalists

A map of the world with gold dots representing the places our finalists came from.

See Who Voted For Our Finalists

Get a closer look at the global reach of the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition. This interactive map plots where our finalists and the people who voted for them come from. We weren't able to hold an in-person concert event for this year's competition, but the music technology community came together online from all over the world.

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!

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At the Georgia Tech School of Music, our students combine technical skill with exceptional music talent to truly change the way the world experiences music. Learn more about our bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in music technology, our pre-college summer studio, and our innovative research labs.


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