The future might be now with these mind boggling and innovative music instruments!
Over the last century, there has been immense change in the way we make music, the way we perceive music and the way we experience music. The invention of the electric guitar, back in 1931 changed the way we look at it ever since then. Every once in awhile we get stumped by the strangeness that music brings forth. Some are awesome while some may seem less promising. The annual Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition, sponsored by Georgia Tech, awards $10,000 in prizes to the creators of the world’s most inventive instruments. These were some instruments that just might make it into mainstream music and will change the way music is made.
1. GePS, Gesture-based Performance System By Cedric Pindler & Frederic Robinson
It’s a little like a wearable theremin: a “data glove” that lets the wearer create electronic music with hand gestures. Imagine waving your hands around like a composer and actually producing music in that fashion! That’s what the future holds! Or must we say the “present” holds!
2. Dulsitar by Judy Piazza
It’s a sitar! It’s a dulcimer! Oh look! It is a DULSITAR! Yup, the dulsitar is a fusion instrument of the dulcimer and the sitar and is made especially to accompany yogic chanting.
3. Tine Organ By Matthew Steinke
This is a MIDI-controlled acoustic organ that mimics the power of a cathedral’s massive pipe organ. Quite the power packed in this modern instrument!
4. The Holophone By Daniel Iglesia
The most futuristic instrument probably to make it on this list has to be the Holophone. The instrument projects a hovering three-dimensional shape that morphs according to vocal and audio inputs. Now that is some “TRON” kind of stuff we’d definitely want to try out!
5. The Sponge By Martin Marier
What can a sponge possibly do?! Precisely our reaction when we came across this instrument. Oh but wait until you see what this seemingly plain sponge can actually do! The Sponge is equipped with sensors that detect when it’s squeezed, touched, or shaken. The input wirelessly translates to sound. Haa! The wonders of the world!