Introduction: How to Enter the Art of Sound Contest

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Music is absolutely essential for creativity - it inspires new ideas, helps us to create and build, and provides a soundtrack for life.

That's why we've teamed up withZalytron,Create Digital Music, andBleep Labs to bring you the Art of Sound Contest. Show us something amazing and music-related, and win an awesome set of hand-built custom speakers or a musical instrument kit!

This contest is open to any project that creates something beautiful with or around sound. Whether you're into homemade/modified instruments, circuit-bending, speakers, sound activation, or anything else, this contest is for you. Simply create, modify, actuate, craft, decorate, enhance, display, amplify, or visualize sound, and tell us how and why you did it. It can be your take on a classic project, or something entirely new and unique - it's up to you!

Now show us your original instrument, your tricked-out subwoofer, or your sound-responsive wall of LEDs! Be thorough, and document your project well so others can follow in your footsteps. Share your skills and experience to help inspire others, expand the possibilities of both sound and art, and win some fabulous prizes!

Multiple entries are fine, but only one prize per entrant.
Inernational entries are OK, but speakers can only be shipped within the U.S. International winners must take care of shipping.

Grand Prize
One of a kind set of racing stripe upholstered hi-fi Focal speakers paired with a 12" Zalyton subwoofer with built-in 100 watt amplifier that features a sound dampening truck bed liner paint job and waterjet-cut steel flames. These speakers not only sound great, but they look smokin' hot too.
First Prize
Pair of monstrously awesome Focal speakers. Each of these beasts sound blissfully sweet and have more than enough personality to match. Speakers come with a large set of attachments to change up the look any way you want!
Runner-Up Prize
One quirkily great Thingamakit from Bleep Labs. Also an Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

Open to enter: May 27, 2009 12:01 AM PST
Deadline for entries: July 26, 2009 11:59 PM PST

View Contest now!

Step 1: Official Rules

1. All federal, state, and local taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. No purchases are necessary; void where prohibited by law.

2. Participants agree to abide by all decisions of Instructables, contest co-sponsors, and judges, which shall be final and binding with respect to all issues relating to this contest.

3. Prize is not transferable and no cash alternative or prize substitution is available. Instructables and contest co-sponsors reserve the right to substitute a similar prize of equal or greater value if the prize listed is unavailable for any reason. All potential winners are subject to verification at the discretion of Instructables and contest co-sponsors.

4. Winner agrees that prizes are being provided "as is", and Instructables and contest co-sponsors make no warranty, representation or guarantee regarding the prize, including but not limited to its quality, condition, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

5. Instructables and contest co-sponsors are not responsible for problems including (but not limited to) damaged, incorrect, inaccurate, lost, delayed, or defective entries, or for injury or damage to any computer resulting from participation in this contest. Entries that have been tampered with or altered are void.

6. Instructables reserves the right to modify, cancel, postpone or end the contest at any time as necessary, at its sole discretion, or to disqualify any participant or winner, at its sole discretion, deemed to have cheated, destroyed, obstructed, or otherwise acted illegally or in bad faith in relation to this contest.

7. Instructables reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be in violation of the Terms of Service; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; to be acting in a unethical or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

8. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you represent and warrant that: you are over the age of 18, or entering with the knowledge and permission of your parent or guardian (subject to verification), and that the entry does not contain or incorporate the intellectual property and/or confidential information of any third party.

9. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you hereby grant Instructables a perpetual, irrevocable, sublicenseable, worldwide, royalty free right to publish and distribute your entry for their promotional purposes.

10. Governing Law: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the official rules, or the rights of entrants, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with, the substance laws of the State of California and any applicable laws and regulations of the United States.


becava (author)2009-05-27

International or not ?

fungus amungus (author)becava2009-05-27

International is fine, but we can only ship these speakers within the U.S.

Hey fungus, just out of curiosity, would this be a one time contest, or an annual thing?

and what if my international instructable wins?

Then they would need to cover shipping from the U.S. to them.

pyro-jim (author)fungus amungus2009-07-26

How on earth would they do that? (wondering because I might enter)

mattyuke (author)fungus amungus2009-06-27

And how much would shipping cost to the UK????

linkyta (author)flamelover942009-05-28

It would be great that in case the winner is international one could have the option to pay for shipping & customs... or if you have a friend in the US they can send the prize there and let the friend deal with the shipping & handling LOL

T-K (author)flamelover942009-05-28

flamelover94's right. What are you going to do, or does an international winner have to pay for postage and handling?

Skyfinity (author)2009-07-29

Sorry to bother you Fungus, but my instructable, which was submitted a few minutes before the deadline, but was still published and in the contest, won't show up on the "recent entries" bar of the contest page. I know this is kind of silly since all entries have been made, but it is supposed to be there, and I'm wondering why it isn't. Thanks for the contest!

fungus amungus (author)Skyfinity2009-07-29

Looks like there's a bug with that display box. If you go to the page of entries sorted by recent you'll see it there.

Skyfinity (author)fungus amungus2009-08-13

I just realized I never said thank you. Sorry about that. I really appreciate the response! : )

planetone (author)2009-07-27

Hmm.... I think I didn't make it into the contest... I had trouble uploading all the work, how can I know if my entry is in the contest or not? Anyhow, please check it out (its a vocoder project):

fungus amungus (author)planetone2009-07-27

It's in.

planetone (author)fungus amungus2009-07-27

Thank you for letting me know Fungus :)

hungyhipo 2 (author)2009-07-03

why arnt they putting my how to custom paint a speaker on the art of sound contest i entered it in 2 days ago and they havent put it in

Because you have no pictures of your own and it doesn't show any technique or effects.

what do you mean techneque or effects

Bisquick the ninja (author)2009-07-02

Why is this ibl featured??? The "art of sound" contest thing says the same thing! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! This took almost no work whatsoever and it doesn't help with anything!

underground (author)2009-06-25

I think that the contest is a very good idea but i wonder if i can entry my proyect as slideshow..........i hope i can thanks

Focker (author)2009-05-28

Wow, I wonder if the plasma speaker will win. . . probably. . .

fungus amungus (author)Focker2009-05-28

A new plasma speaker could win, but not the one that's already published. This contest is for new Instructables.

gmoon (author)fungus amungus2009-06-11

Shouldn't the "new instructables only" be explicitly noted in the rules? (Someone suggested I enter an older project -- which I have no intention of doing. But it could be a point of contention for some...)

theXmaker (author)2009-06-01

Is It Open To Lebanon?? And How Much Shipping Would Cost Approxmatly??

luvit (author)2009-06-01

i reserve the rights to the sounds made by Art Jones

drummonkey92 (author)2009-05-31

does anyone know roughly how much shipping would be to the uk?

cassiorichiniti (author)2009-05-28

ehh in the contest main page says:

Contest is now accepting entries!
Enter yours now!

Contest Starts: 27/05/2009
Entry Deadline: 26/07/2009
Voting Starts: 27/07/2009
Voting Ends: 02/08/2009
Judging Starts: 03/08/2009
Judging Ends: 10/08/2009

and here says:

Open to enter: May 27, 2009 12:01 AM PST
Deadline for entries: June 27, 2009 11:59 PM PST

which one is it ? ? ? ? ?

hope its July 26 and not June 27

(off topic kind of June 27 is my birthday freaky Ô.Ô)

aceLED (author)cassiorichiniti2009-05-30

lol my birthdays 27 as well iam hoping to win these speakers for that exact reason :p

Main page is correct. Date changed on here.

this should have a edit option -.-'

it also says July 26 in the main page!

flamelover94 (author)2009-05-29

Hey dudes,if i make an instructable that satisfies the conditions for more contests than one,can i enter an instructable in all of those,or its good just for one contest?

That's fine.

tnx...all i needed to know...

cd41 (author)2009-05-29

I must win something from this, I'll be buy for the next long while working.

killerjackalope (author)2009-05-28

Damn Shipping!!! I want those speakers, however there's a little plan I've been meaning to put together for a while, rough guesses add up to roughly a kilowatt of stereo sound

Skyfinity (author)2009-05-28


knightlife (author)2009-05-28

Best of luck to all participants! More importantly have fun!

Dave A (author)2009-05-28

Can I enter with an allready made instructable or must it be new? I don't know if I've got the time to make the fantastic idea I all ready got in my head but since it's alowed to enter multiple instructables I would like to enter also with an oldie.

Dave A (author)Dave A2009-05-28

Sorry, All ready know the answer. Just tried to enter my trombone and got the answer :P . Well that means: start building and make some noise!

fungus amungus (author)Dave A2009-05-28

Yup. Contests are all about encouraging users to build something new. Or else the same Instructables would keep winning contests.

TimTheScarecrow (author)2009-05-27

Man the grand prize is ugly. I wish i had that first prize though. those speakers are so cute/cool looking!

jeff-o (author)TimTheScarecrow2009-05-27

If you win, I'll take 'em off your hands. I'll even pay for shipping!

denanderen (author)jeff-o2009-05-28

same here x)

Honus (author)2009-05-27

Wow- Focal makes some VERY nice speakers.

fungus amungus (author)Honus2009-05-27

Yup, they sound great. We're going to miss having them at the office.

jeff-o (author)fungus amungus2009-05-27

Hey! Don't touch my speakers! ;)

BgRdDragon (author)2009-05-27


Einsteins Circuitry (author)2009-05-27

I just went digging around through my pile of electrical junk and came across a great idea. Hopefully I'll be able to complete it with the spare time I have left. Studying for finals takes forever.

This contest is open for a while. You'll have time after finals.

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)2009-05-27

Can't wait to see the entries for this one!

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