20 new instruments have been chosen as semi-finalists in this year’s Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.
The international competition is an annual event, held at the Georgia Institute of Technology, that seeks to find the world’s best new ideas in musical instrument design, engineering and musicianship.
The semi-finalists include strange new electronic instruments, MIDI controllers and acoustic instruments. But, while the technologies vary, all the instruments share the goal of providing new ways to make music.
Here are the 20 instruments chosen as semi-finalists in the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition:
The 20 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Semi-Finalists For 2015
Judy Piazza’s Dulsitar, above, combines elements of the dulcimar and sitar, which she uses in her devotional performances, along with overtone singing.
The Dualo Du-Touch is a new synthesizer and controller that looks a bit like a futuristic accordion.
The Yaybahar is an electric-free, totally acoustic instrument designed by Gorkem Sen.
The vibrations from the strings are transmitted via the coiled springs to the frame drums. These vibrations are turned into sound by the membranes which echo back and forth on the coiled springs. This results in an unique listening experience with an hypnotic surround sound.
The D-Box is a new digital instrument intended to be repurposed and rewired by the performer in unusual ways. It is designed to be initially simple and constrained, but to allow the performer hack and subvert these constraints using circuit bending techniques.
The ndial combines automated sampling and sequencing with manual controls to navigate sound worlds in unpredictable ways.
The system selects samples at random from a live or prerecorded source and maps them to a hardware interface—an 8-step sequencer that goes around instead of along.