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2016 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

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What’s your Guthman Instrument?: Georgia Tech’s 2016 Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition is an annual event aimed at identifying the world’s next generation of musical instruments and unveiling the best new ideas in musicality, design, and engineering. Continue reading


Sep 17, 2015
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“Hibernaculum : Vortex” by Carver Audain

tumblr_inline_nfx0mjch221qzow42.jpgRadius 58: Hibernaculum : Vortex (13:44) by Carver Audain.

Hibernaculum : Vortex was inspired by the Polar Vortex experienced in the Northern Hemisphere of the United States during the winter of 2014. Comprised almost entirely of amplitude modulation (AM) radio signals and recordings of the wind captured from a point of high altitude during Hurricane Sandy, the movement within the piece reflects the character of specific recent extreme weather events from the perspective of an individual located at roughly 40° 40’ 58” N 73° 57’ 53’ W. Continue reading


Dec 11, 2014
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Deadline Extended: Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

mainpage.jpgShare your ideas for the next generation of musical instruments at Georgia Tech’s 2015 Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition. 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.

2015 Guthman Competition Judges are Joe Paradiso, Graham Marsh, and DJ Hurricane: Continue reading


Nov 4, 2014
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3D Printed Wearable Instruments

r-3d-printed-instruments-large570.jpgPh.D researchers Joseph Malloch and Ian Hattwick from McGill University have created 3D-printed wearable musical instruments. The prosthetic digital instruments act as extensions of the human body, using advanced sensing technologies to transform movement into music and dance.

For three years, the designers worked closely with dancers, musicians, composers and a choreographer to create the visually striking instruments.

Continue reading story at Huffington Post


Jul 26, 2013
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Radio Receiver as Musical Instrument: an essay

220px-jon_leidecker_01.jpgRadio Music, An essay by Jon Leidecker

“Radio Music” connects three examples from the history of the potential of the radio receiver as musical instrument, from its early beginnings in the twenties as captured on a comedy record, to formal art experiments in the forties and fifties, to its nostalgic presence in one of the very first song-based pop music collage albums, which heralded the now familiar practice of sampling. Continue reading


Jun 2, 2013
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A Reminder: Georgia Tech’s Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

gutman.jpg Share your ideas for the next generation of musical instruments at Georgia Tech’s Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.

Submissions are being accepted online until December 1, 2012. Preliminary and final performances will take place in Atlanta April 11-12, 2013, where contestants will battle for $10,000 in cash prizes.

This year, winners will be selected by an expert jury panel comprised of experimental performance artist Laurie Anderson, composer, performer and educator, David Wessel, and electronic musician and sound designer Richard Devine.

More details and submission form at:

http://www.gtcmt.gatech.edu/guthman2013


Nov 29, 2012
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Georgia Tech’s Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

gutman.jpgShare your ideas for the next generation of musical instruments at Georgia Tech’s Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.

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 November 15, 2012. Preliminary and final performances will take place in Atlanta April 11-12, 2013, where contestants will battle for $10,000 in cash prizes.
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Oct 5, 2012
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Live Stage: Buchla and Modular Synth Day [us NYC]

images.jpegJune 28, 2012 is Buchla and Modular Synth Madness Day :: Starting at 3:00 p.m., this will be the opportunity to get your hands on some of these devices, and talk to makers & players :: Plus 5hrs of performances by Alessandro Cortini (Los Angeles), Carlos Giffoni (NYC), Mark Verbos (NYC), Xeno and Oaklander (NYC), and not-to-be-missed Loud Objects (NYC):: All taking place at Southstreet Seaport, New York City.

image: Buchla 100

This is all part of our 35th Anniversary Events, and the River To River Festival! Each summer, the Festival activates more than 25 indoor and outdoor locations in the neighborhood with an unparalleled collection of music, dance, theater, visual art, film, and participatory experiences by renowned and breakout artists from New York City and beyond.


Jun 27, 2012
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A Talk on The Eyeharp

eye.jpgThe Eyeharp: a Gaze-Controlled Musical Instrument :: A Talk by Zacharias Vamvakousis :: Wednesday, May 30,2012, 19:30h :: Fabra i Coats. Sant Adrià 20. Barcelona. Metro Sant Andreu :: Entrada lliure / Entrada libre / Free admission ::

The main goal of the EyeHarp was to create the first gaze or head controlled musical instrument with similar expressive potentials to a traditional musical instrument. Zacharias Vamvakousis was inspired by the EyeWriter, a low-cost eye-tracking apparatus & custom software that allows graffiti writers and artists with paralysis resulting from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to draw using only their eyes. Interacting with other people through music or creating new musical compositions might not only improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, but also be part of a rehabilitation process. Continue reading


May 29, 2012
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Dave Cole: The Music Box installation [us Cleveland, OH]

106.jpgDave Cole :: The Music Box, 2012, installation :: March 30, 2012 – May 19, 2012 :: The Cleveland Institute of Art, Reinberger Gallery, 11141 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 :: a compactor turned into a musical instrument ::

For the national debut of his “Music Box” installation, opening Friday, March 30, 2012 at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cole turned a vintage 1980s CAT Model CS-553 smooth drum vibrator soil compactor, donated by Ohio CAT President Ken Taylor, into a colossal music box. Continue reading


Apr 1, 2012
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