Stylophone celebrates 50th Anniversary with global music competition judged by Tony Visconti

As part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations, Stylophone has announced a global music competition, which will be judged by legendary producer Tony Visconti.

Whether you’re a professional or amateur producer, DJ or musician, Stylophone would like you to create a special piece of music for its birthday.

The competition will offer the chance for entrants to compose and create a piece of music up to two minutes long, celebrating the Stylophone in all its glory.

The winner will receive a gold Stylophone (pictured) – and it will be the only one in the world. Along with this gem, the winner will also receive all the current Stylophone products, including the new GenX-1, Beatbox and S2.

The winning track will be posted across all Stylophone’s social media platforms with full credits to the winning artist.

“From its appearance on Space Oddity in ‘68 the Stylophone has held a fascination for musicians and producers, drawn to its unique sound,” said John Simpson from Stylophone.

“We are honoured that Tony Visconti has agreed to judge the entries, and this competition will offer the chance to get an artist’s music heard by one of the music industry’s great legends.”

Visconti is known for producing David Bowie’s Space Oddity, and Bowie himself said of the Stylophone: “It is the only instrument I take on holiday to compose on.”

In 1968 a British engineer, Brian Jarvis, invented the monophonic organ, a musical instrument known for its unique space age sound. The Stylophone rapidly became the instrument of choice for the likes of David Bowie and Kraftwerk.

Other artists who have featured the distinctive tones of the Stylophone over the years include Pulp, Manic Street Preachers, White Stripes, Belle & Sebastian, Erasure, Richard Hawley, Little Boots, Kid Koala, Orbital and more recently artists like Hannah Peel.

The competition opens worldwide from 11th June and runs until 31st July 2018.

For further details on how to enter, as well as full terms and conditions visit the Stylophone Facebook page.

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