2012 Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

Who knew Georgia Tech was a hotbed of musical instrument innovation? Well, apparently a lot of people knew, but I sure didn’t. They actually have a Center for Music Technology and next month they are presenting the 2012 Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition. Check out the Resistor JelTone, a “partially edible toy piano” by Brooklyn-based […]

The Virtual Museum of Music Inventions

Think it’s all been done already? Think again. The Virtual Museum of Music Inventions showcases musical instruments built by school children across the globe. Just goes to show that if you need inspiration, just look at things from the mind of a child.

Melody Box by Joachim L., High School of Messaria, Santorini, Greece


YouRock Guitar

There have been numerous attempts over the years to create an entirely digital guitar interface. By which I mean a digital interface in the shape of a guitar. The YourRock guitar is a recent addition to the list and is a little more earnest than most. While it’s still not much more than a […]

AR-4i | Audio Interface for iPhone 4 | Fostex

Fostex has been known for its portable professional quality recording equipment for many years. Their latest foray is an attachment stereo microphone/digital audio interface for the iPhone. Featuring exceptional audio quality – record/playback via Dock connector with built-in AD/DA converter. Equipped with 3 x stereo inputs (Line/Mic), 2 x plug-in powered condenser cardioid type […]

FACTOID: Sustainable Agriculture in the Music Industry

As we all know, the Chinese have grown their industries in the last couple of decades to become the global economic engine. This is both a good thing and a not so good thing. The rest of the world reaps the benefits of a strong trading partner, buying goods in local currencies that the Chinese […]

The Music Box, A Shantytown Sound Laboratory

New Orleans artist Swoon resurrected the ruins of a shanty town. Working with a collective of 23 artists, she is turning the rubble into a permanent interactive musical instrument installation called the Music Box.

iO Dock iPad music production interface

The iO Dock (patent pending) from Alesis is the first device that enables anyone with an iPad or iPad 2 to create, produce, and perform music with virtually any pro audio gear or instruments. A growing number of specialized apps are taking advantage of the intuitive touch screen technologies of iPads and […]

Fender introduces Modern Player guitar with giveaway

Fender introduces new Modern Player family by giving you an opportunity to score a brand-new Modern Player guitar or bass guitar. Billed as an entry level line in the “My-first-Fender” tradition, the Modern Player comes in several models including a Telecaster as well as Telecaster, Jaguar, and Jazz basses.

Fender Modern Player Marauder model


FACTOID: The World’s Top 10 Music Companies

The top 10 music and audio companies in the world ranked by annual revenues are:

Yamaha Corp (Japan) $4.496 billion Roland Corp. (Japan) $1.020 billion Kawai Musical Instuments (Japan) $763 million Sennheiser Electric (Germany) $637 million Fender Musical Instruments (USA) $625 million Harman Professional (USA) $523 million Shure Inc. (USA) $425 million Steinway Musical Instruments […]