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HK-47
18-01-2011, 22:37
I just found out about this thing, and my mind as been completely blown. They are a form of plasma speakers that works by having it's spark discharged digitally modulated so as to produce musical tones. It can only produce simply chords, but the thing looks so awesome that it doesn't matter.

Some links to better describe it:
http://www.cracked.com/article_18980_the-5-most-badass-musical-instruments-ever-built_p2.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeusaphone

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singing_Tesla_Coil

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plasma_speaker

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesla_coil

Some Samples:
Super Mario Brothers:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX5V_9s0Gfw
Legend of Zelda:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqX0T1Y6lCM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsuRlYZV6zY
Ghostbusters Theme:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep1r0unWkYc
Mortal Kombat Theme:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXsfGVVGb-Y
The Imperial March:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_YSF7mRSs0
Doctor Who Theme:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdrqdW4Miao

Also the weird suits you see in some of the videos are Faraday cages.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faraday_cage

theunwantedbeing
18-01-2011, 22:42
This never gets old :D

BorderKing
18-01-2011, 23:08
I am so building a mini Tesla coil, so I can learn how to do it and build one the size of one of those one day.

Sojourner
19-01-2011, 17:11
Trivia: Owning and operating a tesla coil is perfectly legal, but playing a tune with it makes it an unlicenced radio transmitter and is therefore against the law. At least in the UK.

BorderKing
19-01-2011, 20:22
I'm not going to be able to build it, following a few mini-tesla coil attempts, till sometime next year. Do you know what to do to get a licence ?

Yodhrin
25-01-2011, 20:46
Trivia: Owning and operating a tesla coil is perfectly legal, but playing a tune with it makes it an unlicenced radio transmitter and is therefore against the law. At least in the UK.

You're joking? Balls, I was hoping to persuade the organisers of the Edinburgh Science Festival to book Arc Attack for this year :cries:

OP: Arc Attack are brilliant, they were on America's Got Talent at one point(no idea why they didn't win), they did the Imperial March and Iron Man by Sabbath. One of my favourites is their cover of Darude's Sandstorm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aH1Zq5RTBLU&feature=fvst).

[lexus]
25-01-2011, 21:01
Ive seen one once on a Steampunk festival thing. The whole festival sucked pretty damn hard, but that Tesla Coil was freaking awesome!

de Selby
28-01-2011, 21:21
Trivia: Owning and operating a tesla coil is perfectly legal, but playing a tune with it makes it an unlicenced radio transmitter and is therefore against the law. At least in the UK.

I didn't know this but it does make sense. I imagine the audio output must be dwarfed by the radio output. All fun and games until no-one in your town can get mobile, tv or radio reception. I thought maybe there were some statutes on permissible power levels but judging by this: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/archive/ra/publication/ra_info/ra67/ra67.htm, it would be a special case decided by the radiocommunications agency.

Sojourner
29-01-2011, 14:38
I didn't know this but it does make sense. I imagine the audio output must be dwarfed by the radio output. All fun and games until no-one in your town can get mobile, tv or radio reception. I thought maybe there were some statutes on permissible power levels but judging by this: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/archive/ra/publication/ra_info/ra67/ra67.htm, it would be a special case decided by the radiocommunications agency.

I heard this from a colleague who has built one. He may not be entirely serious, but he does refuse to even attempt to play tunes on it, and that's his given reason.