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Margaret Guthman New Instrument Competition
The 2019 Margaret Guthman New Instrument Competition Finals will take place on Saturday, March 9th at 7:00 pm at Georgia Tech's Ferst Center for the Arts.
Admission is free, and open to the public
You're Invited to Watch the Semifinals
The Margaret Guthman New Instrument Competition semifinals are in-depth, TED Talk-style presentations, where the inventors get to both play their instrument and speak in detail about how it works. This year, we’re opening the semifinals to the public. You can watch our contestants perform, and even ask them questions after the end of their presentation.
A Legacy of Guthman - A Look at Previous Finalists
Georgia Tech's Margaret Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition is an annual event aimed at identifying the world's next generation of musical instruments. The competition invites musicians, inventors, and artists to exhibit original instruments. Competitors demonstrate their instruments in front of a panel of judges -- who are experts in the Music Technology field -- and then perform captivating music for a live crowd.
The competition showcases ground-breaking technological function and musical transformation. Previous Guthman entrants such as the OP-1, Roli Seaboard, and Mimu Gloves became mainstream music products after the competition. Other instruments are experimental and completely unique, like the Infinitone or the Adjustable Microtonal Guitar.