The Guthman Musical Instrument Competition is a cash prize contest for new musical instruments held this month at Georgia Tech, judged by Wired’s Eliot Van Buskirk, Harmonix co-founder Eran Egozy, and Georgia Tech’s Parag Chordia. There are some familiar faces in there, but some fascinating, new ideas, too, like a motorcycle engine you can play with a keyboard. Thanks to everyone who sent this in. has a slide show of images with audio samples and videos for many of the projects:

New Musical Instruments Battle for $10K in Prizes

CDM held a similar contest judged by drum machine pioneer Roger Linn and the members of tech-loving band Freezepop, held at NASA’s Ames Research Center and Yuri’s Night last year. The difference: we offered one Tenori-On; this had $10,000 in cash prizes. Oh, and we sort of had folks show up randomly and judged them partly based on how loud the crowd cheered. But I love the idea, and hope we see more of this kind of spirit of experimentation.

I know we have some Georgia Tech readers here, and I expect a few of the contestents – did anyone get video of the competition itself? Anyone want to send along some additional documentation of your project? Remember, you’re Always a Winner on CDM (SM)!

I quite like this self-contained sampler tool with monome-style controller:

  • dave

    There is photo, video, audio and written documentation with each project if you click the thumbnail images on the right.

  • tobamai

    Heh, that motorcycle engine makes me think of the Renault F1 team. They play national anthems on their engines.

  • Peter — as one of the Georgia Tech folks who reads this blog, I'll answer your question about the video. Yes — we took a ton of video footage during the competition. I hope we'll be able to edit some of that and get it up on the web soon. In the meantime, the wired gallery has great video, photo, and audio documentation of each of the competitor's instruments.

  • Dan

    WOO! Go TECH!

  • Those are pretty sweet – I love those. The motorcycle instrument looks really cool and its a good idea, but it didnt sound so great. 🙁 But it's the concept anyways.

    But great post – I loved all of them….

  • Mike Gao is my hero. I want a Monome/mpc/touchscreen thing!