Build A DIY MIDI Singing Tesla Coil – oneTesla



MIT students Bayley Wang, Heidi Baumgartner and Daniel Kramnik have developed the oneTesla – a DIY kit for a solid-state MIDI Tesla coil that plays music, shoots 2-foot-long sparks, and teaches you about electronics.

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Mark Smart’s Awesome + Insane ‘Island at the Center of the World’

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This is an excerpt of Mark Smart’s prog-rock Tesla Coil piece Island at the Center of the World, which is about the history of Easter Island.

Tesla coils were used to create musical pitches via a control system designed by university student Steve Ward. Two coils were used. The right coil is playing a prerecorded MIDI track, acting as the bass, and the left one is performed live as a lead sound via the Haken Continuum fingerboard.

In spite of the frigid temperatures (4 degrees Fahrenheit, 26 mph winds), the concert was well attended and was voted the most popular event of the open house.

For performing a prog-rock piece about Easter Island on Tesla Coils using an alternative music controller in frigid weather, Smart deserves a special insulated prog keyboard god cape. Continue reading

Secrets Of Making Music With Tesla Coils

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ArcAttack explains some of the secrets of making music with Tesla coils.

via OpenLabsInc:

Austin, Texas’ own ArcAttack invited Open Labs to their studio to show how they control lightening and tune it to pitch using a Tesla coil and a complex MIDI system.

ArcAttack will be performing in Austin on March 18-20 at the Texas RockFest outdoor stage, and will be using an Open Labs MiKo to power their performance.

Yamaha Synthesizer Vs A Tesla Coil

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Bach Little Fugue: Tesla Coil vs Yamaha Synth


This video captures a quick and dirty demonstration of the XenoSonic Audio Interface, plus – to make it interesting – a Tesla Coil shooting a 4 foot arc of electricity.

Is this the ultimate Switched-On Bach?

A Yamaha S03 Synthesizer is hooked up directly to the miniBrute DRSSTC, via the XenoSonic Audio Interface.

Since the XenoSonic only produces monophonic output, the Bach Fugue in Gminor was pre-recorded on an Allen C-6 Classical organ and then various voices were added using the Yamaha S03 in real time to the Tesla coil.

Says eastvoltresearch: “Its quite a bit sloppy, but that’s mostly because i didn’t really practice how i was going to play individual voices from the piece and I had a hard time hearing the actual prerecorded music, so its a bit out of sync. Anyways, enjoy.”

More information and details can be found at Eastern Voltage Research.

via eastvoltresearch