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The summer of sound is here!

RS Components has launched a global design challenge on its DesignSpark engineering and maker community website, offering a winning prize worth £1,500 of products from the RS range.

The ‘Summer of Sound’ competition tasks contestants to create a new musical experience with the aid of technology.

This could range from the invention of a completely new electronic musical instrument, or hack of an existing acoustic instrument, to the development of a radical new digital musical interface. To qualify, the design must be authentic and produce an audible musical sound.

“At this time of year, when many people are geared up for festival season, it is apt to launch a design challenge that inspires innovation amongst those with a passion for music and technology,” said Mike Bray, VP of DesignSpark at RS.

“It also illustrates how the creative and engineering disciplines overlap, a message we are keen to deliver, especially to the younger population in the face of a shortage of engineering skills.

“We are very excited to see what ideas the challenge will bring and, who knows, it may uncover a groundbreaking new musical approach to take to stages and arenas around the world.”

The Summer of Sound design challenge runs from 09:00 (BST) on 11th June 2018 until 17:00 (BST) on 28th September 2018.

Entries submitted after the deadline will not be eligible. Contestants are required to detail their project in an article submitted to the DesignSpark website, supported by video footage of the design in action.

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