Interesting musical group, and their Tesla instruments

Philip Miller Tate Philmt59 at
Wed Aug 25 04:11:22 CDT 2010

Yes indeed, the sound is made by pulse modulating the Tesla arcs. Not  
only did the ArcAttack guys develop this technique and build their  
giant Tesla coils, but they also designed and built a MIDI interface  
in order to make it easily playable. Personally, I don't think that  
their AGT performance of "Iron Man" was as impressive as their "Dr  
Who" theme or other performances on YouTube, but enormous fun. Also,  
they're rather overplaying the "dangerous" aspect of the show - they  
clearly know their science - but who can blame them?

Phil M1GWZ

On 25 Aug 2010, at 04:51, Terry Fox wrote:

> You may not have seen this, but there is a group of "guys like us"  
> called Arcattack who have formed a musical/art group using Tesla  
> coils and other neat stuff.  They are on the NBC show "America's  
> Got Talent", and have been great through three performances.  They  
> claim to be making some of their music directly through the arcing  
> from the Tesla coil, as in no speakers.
> They have a website, with some earlier videos.
> And here's a Youtube:
> another, long but good: 
> v=LVDmjnCQ1g4&NR=1
> Yet another: 
> v=owEXx5UAbdc&feature=related
> The last one, he plays a tune using a piece of 2x4, which catches  
> fire, then he slides his hand up and down the burning 2x4.  There's  
> plenty more as well.
> Makes Keith Emerson and ELP (my all-time absolute favorite) seem  
> pedestrian!
> Old news?
> Terry
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