The seventh annual Guthman Musical Instrument Competition finals were held Friday night in front of a packed house. Nine finalists, from all over the world, competed for $10,000 in prizes. They were:
- Push Pull - This instrument looks like an accordion but it combines inertial sensor data with sound input and digital synthesis.
- Nomis - This instrument aims to make loop based music more expressive and transparent through gesture and light.
- Magentic Percussion Tower - This instrument combines aspects of kinetic sculpture, music box design, drum machine and interactive art.
- Dulsitar - This instrument incorporates traits and design found in both the sitar and dulcimer.
- Cantor Digitalis - This instrument is an open-source real-time singing synthesizer using hand gestures, with the help of an accurate and intuitive interface based on a pen/touch tablet.
- D-Box - This new digital instrument is encased in a wooden cube and is designed to be repurposed and rewired by performs. This hacking lets a performer play it in unusual ways.
- Dualo Do-Touch - This instrument is a controller, synthesizer and a looper/sequencer that is based on a new layout of notes.
- Ndial - This instrument combines automated sampling and sequencing with manual controls to navigate sound worlds in unpredictable ways.
- The Sponge - This instrument is a a piece of foam equipped with sensors which can detect when it is squeezed, twisted or shaken.
From the nine, there were first, second and third place winners selected, a People's Choice award for Best Performance and Best Instrument and Most Unusual Instrument. The complete list of winners can be found at guthman.gatech.edu.
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