Monday, October 17, 2011

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Georgia Tech’s 2012 Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

Dear inventors, composers, artists, and musicians:
Georgia Tech is extending the deadline to submit your ideas to the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition to Monday, November 7th. If you have an idea, or know someone who does, don’t let it go unnoticed.

Submit now:

Finalists will be invited to Atlanta February 16-17, 2012, where contestants will compete for $10,000 in cash prizes.

In addition to Best in Show prize and Best Student Submission award, prizes will be given for entries in five categories. See examples from past competitions on our YouTube channel:

The categories are:

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.

Controller: 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.

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