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MIDI-driven Tesla coil musical instruments band for public performances!
MIDI-driven Tesla coil musical instruments band for public performances!
35 backers pledged $3,039 to help bring this project to life.

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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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1O2jcfOylU

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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    A Geekify Inc sticker, to let the world know you've contributed to making the world a geekier place!

    Also including PDF plans for the Tesla coils so you can build your own!

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    A recorded album of our first performance, delivered by MP3 or CD.

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    A subscription to our recorded albums of our performances, delivered by MP3 or CD.

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    Recorded performances, PDF plans, and a sweet Geekify Inc hoodie!

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    Rock out on the instruments! We'll get you suited up in a Faraday cage and give you a lesson so you can jam, and take pictures while you're being your rock star self!

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