oneTesla let us know about tinyTesla, a new Kickstarter project to fund a little MIDI Tesla coil kit that’s designed to be easy to build.
tinyTesla is a desktop MIDI Tesla coil kit designed to be suitable for beginners or veterans in electronics. The project has blown past its $20,000 fundraising goal, with more than 10 times that amount already pledged. Backers can get a kit to build a MIDI tesla coil for about $150.
The Tesla coil’s lightning heats up air and creates pressure waves that are audible as sound. The more times per second the lightning fires, the higher the pitch created.
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.
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 →
ArcAttack’s Joe Diprima explains how their awesome MIDI-controlled Tesla Coils work, while the other members of ArcAttack look on in passive resignation while they wait to make music with lightning again.