Musical Tesla concert is electrifying

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Hackaday reader [Tyler Laseter] wrote in to tell us about an event that he and his fellow Tesla Orchestra team members are hosting next month.

The “Open Spark Project” is a concert event taking place on May 14th, which melds together electricity and music in spectacular fashion. The event features two large Tesla coils which are tuned to play musical notes while shooting bolts of electricity through the air.

Musical Tesla coils are nothing new around here, but we have yet to see someone allow the general public to play music on their coils. That’s what makes this event unique – anyone is encouraged to submit their to the Tesla Orchestra team, which will then be played back via a live video stream next month. Their web site offers up all of the technical details as well as the file format requirements for submitting music for the event, so get started on your entry today!

If a passive approach is more your style, stick around for a quick video demonstrating their coils’ abilities. Sure it’s Lady Gaga, but we won’t tell anyone you watched it. Plus, it’s totally legit when the song is being played using 20,000 volts.

18 thoughts on “Musical Tesla concert is electrifying

  1. the awesome meter died just for the song selection. so i had put it on mute and waited for the moth magnet18 talked about. there was a lot of them

  2. Anyone else want to try to make an essentially very high voltage plasma tweeter? If the TC is switched fast enough(I’m thinking solid state, I don’t think a spark gap will get us there) we could modulate it with the audio, the same way plasma tweeters are.

    Hmm..

  3. @Risen – yes you’re right! We have multiple 4-foot ceiling vents with blower fans to vent the ozone. Because it’s lighter than air, it should rise up and help seal that hole in the ozone layer ;-)

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