Last week the MusicRadar community rewarded innovation in music-making by choosing the Best New Product of 2009 at the MIA Awards. The victorious 'trio' (yes, that's a clue) were more than worthy winners, but it's the cutting-edge list of runners-up which this gallery pays homage to.
The 10 coolest, most-imaginative new music-making releases of the year as voted for by you. First up: The cosmic oboe...
... or the space bassoon, or the sci-fi tuba - whatever you want to call it, the Eigenharp is certainly a unique piece of kit, and one which its manufacturer believes to be "the most revolutionary new musical instrument of the last 60 years".
While the jury's still out on that claim, the Eigenharp does feature keys, a breath pipe and two strip controllers and comes with its own native soundsets and MIDI-enabling USB 2.0 connection. And, although it arrived slightly too late for inclusion in Ask MusicRadar's poll, it's done enough to warrant a place in our countdown on futuristic looks alone!
Definitely one to watch in 2010. For now, see it in video here, or check out the gallery of close-ups here.