In the future, cars will fly, cloned dinosaurs will live happily confined to zoos, and live concerts will feature musical instruments that use touchscreens, lasers and solar power.
For some, a Stradivarius still is the gold standard for instrument design, but for a new crop of innovators there is room for improvement. These tinkerers have fashioned new models of organs, pianos, string instruments, percussion and horns, merging state-of-the-art materials and modern technology with traditional ones.
This early electronic instrument can be played without any physical contact.
EEG (electroencephalography), is a hardware technique long-used to diagnose and study epilepsy, sleep disorders, and brain death. Only recently, however, has it expanded into the prosumer realm; within the past decade companies including Emotiv, Neurosky, and iWinks (who we have an upcoming documentary on their EEG-based exploration of lucid dreaming) have honed in on the usability and accessibility of the technology, creating and distributing consumer-friendly prototypes like lightweight skeletal headbands and even cat ear EEGs.
These are two gigantic solid state musical Tesla Coils. A Tesla Coil is a special type of transformer invented by Nikola Tesla that is able to generating extremely ...
This awesome instrument is also known as musical lightning, thoramin, and zeusaphone.
Offhand predictions can be jokingly made about the future of musical instruments – like touch-screen guitars or iPod drum machines. However, this list of ten futuristic musical instruments takes a closer look to how new mechanisms and interface designs, can impact the way artists create music in the coming years.
Reactable Session with Matt Robertson in Barcelona in November 2014.
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The electric guitar wasn't invented until 1931. But since then, it has become the most important instrument in modern music. Ever wonder which strange new instruments being designed today will come to define the future of music? 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.