Spark plug music

This is (video above) perhaps the most abstract way of playing sounds…ever. Yes, we’ve heard Hard Drive music and Obsolete technology bands, but [DJ Sures] brings us the first ever, spark plug instrument.

Much like Velcro and Teflon, the musical spark plug is claimed to be an accident. After testing energy use vs. spark power with his flare stack ignition controller, [DJ Sures] noticed that different frequencies could be produced. It was only a matter of reprogramming before death metal Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is heard. Now he just needs to refine it a bit and build a full stereo cabinet.


  1. MS3FGX says:

    Wait, that is supposed to be Twinkle Twinkle?

  2. alankilian says:

    Silly and fun. Well done.

  3. HPM says:

    A good start. But think BIG.
    Have you seen Urenholt123’s music-playing tesla coil?

    This guy is crazy:

  4. tronic says:

    thats nothing compared to singling tesla coils. There are also some nice instrucions to making them where its doing pretty much the same thing as this except significantly better.

  5. D_ says:

    So the spark plug is acting as a weak audio transducer? BTW; Velcro was not an invention by accident. The inventor made note of something that nature invented, purposelessly set out to duplicate it in a useful way. IMO the invention by accident web page fails big time for several reasons, not a good reference source.

    @MS3FGX yes the vid info box says it’s twinkle twinkle, but admits the tuning is off.

  6. Michiel145 says:

    Check out this plasma tweeter, that is the real deal! : )

  7. barry99705 says:

    He’s got a while until he gets this kind of fidelity…

  8. boondockspark says:

    @barry99705 WOW!…just WOW!

    o/t i have a craving for schnitzel and kraut now….

  9. selfSilent says:

    DJ Sures must be the only person who doesn’t know how TTLS goes. with that frequency range he’ll probably do better with Deep Purple’s Smoke on the water.

  10. tantris says:

    since spark in sparkplug is phonetically identical to sparc, a trademark held by si international, it could lead to confusion among your readers and they could be let to believe that sparkplugs are manufactured by sparc, si.
    since you further mention “obsolete technology” and ẗhe word “spark” in the same paragraph, this has to be considered a deliberate infringement of trademarks.

  11. Jake says:

    OK, I watched the spark plug video and I was like meh, meh, meh. Then I watched the video that barry99705 posted… WOW!!!!!!

  12. infinitemayhem says:

    this is nothing more then a plasma speaker. they have been around for years. lol it is also called the singing arc.

  13. 3w4r says:

    Do a search for plasma tweeters, people have had pretty good results

  14. Mikey says:

    It seems like his pitch is off a bit on some of the notes.

    @barry99705 that’s awesome!

  15. Brad Hein says:

    Also noteworthy is the fact that this is a form of spark-gap transmitter. It surely puts out a noisy but distinguishable signal across a wide range of lower radio frequencies.

    Turn on an AM radio to any frequency and you should also be able to hear the transmission!

    Even better: Connect it to a radial and broadcast your spark-gap music to the neighborhood.

    “Pirate Spark Radio station” lol.

  16. davo1111@work says:

    my mate made a plasma speaker around 5 years ago, very cool

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  18. Hacksaw says:

    So he calls himself “DJ Sures” and claims that this weird approach to making music was an accident…something smells funny there

  19. Stonewall says:

    Hacksaw did it ever occur to you that his first name is DJ?

  20. hyperion says:

    thats it??

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