Archive for April, 2009
If you are planing to attend our upcoming summer camps, here’s a great article that will discuss some of the recording ideas we’ll present during MusicTech 09′.
Built by RIT students – thanks to Cory Doctorow
“One of my highlights from the Game Developers’ Conference for me was the “Oh No Banjo” exhibit, showing off student work from the Rochester Institute of Technology’s “Alternative Controllers Seminar.” The students gutted a guitar game-controller and built a very credible banjo using its buttons and electronics, then wrote custom software and musical arrangements for it (apparently the Scruggs people rightsholders wouldn’t let them use “Duelling Banjos,” even for a noncommercial, student project). I played it for a while and found it very fun — I totally rocked the banjo for MC Chris’s “Fett’s Vette.”
It was like a low-stakes X Prize for music as musicians, inventors and hobbyists competed against each other in the first annual Guthman Musical Instrument Competition at Georgia Tech for cash prizes of $10,000. More than 60 people applied, and 25 were chosen to show off a stunning variety of musical instruments of their own devising. The judges — Harmonix co-founder Eran Egozy, Georgia Tech professor Parag Chordia and Wired.com’s Eliot Van Buskirk — had to evaluate a diverse field of worthy competitors. Meet the contestants and judge the instruments for yourself.