Winners have been announced in the 2012 Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition – an annual event to find the world’s best new ideas in musicality, design, and engineering.
Competition finals were held February 17, 2012 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA. Twenty-four inventors, composers and designers from nine countries were selected to compete, from more than 50 entries. Instruments were judged on musicality, design and engineering by a panel including Atau Tanaka, media artist and researcher, and Cyril Lance, chief engineer at electronic musical instrument manufacturer Moog Music.
The competition challenges preconceptions both about what is a musical instrument and what is music.
First place went to Marco Donnarumma, for Xth Sense, above. Xth Sense is a biophysical interactive system for musical and intermedia performance.
2nd place went to Kyle Evans for Cracked Ray Tube. Cracked Ray Tube is a collaborative hardware hacking project by artists Kyle Evans and James Connolly. The project creates a synchronized audio/video environment self-generated by the feeding back of communication networks of two obsolete technologies analog televisions with their video transmitters and CRT computer monitors and their VGA video signals.
Thrid place went to Bojan Gagic for LIGHTUNE.G. LIGHTUNE.G (light+melody+tone G/50Hz) is the name of the collaborative duo consisting of Bojan Gagic and Miodrag Gladovic, Lighterature Reading. The project is based on the conversion of light from luminous objects into tone images via the photovoltaic effect generated through solar panels (under the influence of light, solar panels – silicon cells.
See the full slate of preliminary performances at the competition site.