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Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

  • Deadline:
    Oct. 15, 2011, 5 p.m.

Grow your ideas for the next generation of musical instruments at Georgia Tech’s Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.
Details and submission form at:
An annual event to find the world’s best new ideas in musicality, design and engineering, Wired magazine has called the competition an “X-Prize for music,” and contestants have likened it to a TED Conference for new musical instrument designers.
Submissions are being accepted online until October 15, 2011. Preliminary and final performances will take place in Atlanta February 16-17, 2012, where contestants will battle for $10,000 in cash prizes.
This year, winners will be selected by an expert jury panel comprised of Atau Tanaka, media artist and researcher, and Cyril Lance, chief engineer at electronic musical instrument manufacturer Moog Music.
The event calls for entries in the following categories:
Mobile: musical instruments that take advantage of the unique interface elements and extreme portability of either standard smartphone platforms or custom-made hardware devices to revolutionize how and where music is made. 
Robotics: mechanical devices that play an existing acoustic instrument or contain such an instrument within their design, facilitating the performance of novel music and/or creating novel collaborations with other musicians while they demonstrate the potential for musicianship in the robotic realm.
Repurposed: musical instruments that are inspired by existing non-musical objects, building upon their design to show the latent musicality we regularly encounter but might not otherwise notice.
Augmented: musical instruments inspired by existing acoustic instruments, building upon their existing design, playing technique and performance practice with new elements that extend their expressive capabilities.
Controllers: novel hardware interfaces that can be readily connected to other software or hardware via a standard protocol, immediately expanding the expressive performance capabilities of anything with which they are linked.
Prizes will be awarded to Best in Show, Best in Category, Best Student Submission and People’s Choice.