What happens when engineers and musicians get together? Nefarious and diabolical instruments of doom! We all like to jam and to tinker in our free time, and when those passions got together, we decided to make a set of musical Tesla coils, to do free bi-monthly performances in Boulder Amphitheater, to share our scientific know-how and musical prowess with the Boulder and internet community.
We're looking to raise some extra capital to help fund our Tesla in the Park project. We're building four solid-state Arduino-powered Tesla coils, each linked to and driven by a musical instrument's pickup - guitars, drums, keyboard, and bass, and interchangeable with other future instruments. The intent is to make the setup portable, allowing us to create a musical concert anywhere there's an outlet.
The sound is literally created by the air exploding at tonal frequencies generated by Tesla coils, creating electrical arcs several feet long and producing a visual and musical performance guaranteed to wow. See the below videos of Tesla coils in action, playing the Mario theme:
They're surprisingly easy to build and a great science experiment for people to learn more about the physics of music and electricity. We're making it an open-source, DIY project using the web as a resource and as an outlet with all of our discoveries, so everyone will be able to make their own setup if they want! We plan to offer free concerts in the Boulder Ampitheatre
Check back with us - we'll be posting blueprints, pictures, videos, and tracking our progress to
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