A synthesiser that allows users to make saucepan drum kits and turn drainpipes into saxophones is a semi-finalist in a competition for new musical instruments.
Users of the Ototo experimental synthesiser board have previously created a musical cactus and a drawing that sings: now they join a Tree Guitar that models the growth process of branches and a BubbleSynth which “translates motion tracking and blob detection data collected from floating soap bubbles into sound” in the Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.
In its sixth year, the annual event aims to find the world’s best new ideas in musical instrument design, and has previously featured a vintage slot machine, kitchen utensils and footballs. Performance artist Laurie Anderson was one of last year’s judges; the People’s Choice Award went to artist .....By Fiona Macdonald
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