LEGO microtonal guitar wins musical award

A LEGO microtonal guitar was strummed up success by winning an award at a Georgia university music competition.

The Guthman Musical Instrument Competition is held each year as organised by the Georgia Institute of Technology, aiming to bring together some of the most technologically impressive instruments for a live show.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it wasn’t quite possible to host the show in person, and so the competition moved online with contestants submitting videos of their creations.

Amongst the categories is a people’s choice award, one where the audience chooses their preferred project with over 600,000 people voting for the LEGO microtonal guitar to win.

The winning submission included a video of the Turkish father-and-son creators speaking more about the project and how it was designed. It’s the first LEGO guitar ever made to include a fretboard made entirely of bricks.

Microtonal instruments work by having their intervals between the tones on a fretboard be adjustable, which in this example means placing the individual bricks the appropriate distance apart on the plates. However, as with any LEGO pieces, they can be moved around making for many possible musical outcomes from the one guitar.

The worlds of LEGO and music are no strangers at this point with the two having crossed in popular music videos and now an official theme in LEGO VIDIYO. Although, it sounds like the LEGO Group isn’t stopping there.

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