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Formerly known as the College of Architecture


2015 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Announces Winners

Lisa Herrmann
Atlanta, GA

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




Lisa Herrmann

College of Architecture

Director of Communications