Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The force is strong in this one

A while back I posted a video of The Imperial March being played through a Tesla coil, which, for me caused a slight nerdy geeky fanboy squeeee moment to occur.

Since then I've gone looking to see if there are more of these video online, and well, surprise surprise. yes there is.

Seems to be a few "groups" that perform music this way,the main ones I've found are ArcAttack (who use backing tracks) and Dr. Zeus (who seems to rely solely on the Tesla coil for the music).

General principle on creating the music is achieved by using two identical high power solid state Tesla coils. There are no speakers involved. The Tesla coils stand 7 feet tall and are each capable of putting out over 12 foot of spark. They are spaced about 18 feet apart. The coils are controlled over a fibre optic link by a single laptop computer. Each coil is assigned to a midi channel which it responds to by playing notes that are programmed into the computer software.

In non geek terms basically, its all coming from the sparks.
Still full of win however.



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