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Old 11-26-2007, 10:30 AM   #1
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This is freaking cool. I want one!

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If you think you've heard every possible way to play game music, think again. This time the Mario Bros theme song gets played with twin Solid State Musical Tesla coils! The music that you hear is coming from the sparks that these two identical high power solid state Tesla coils are generating, there are no speakers involved. Hit play to see for yourself.

To give you perspectiveof what you're looking at here; the Tesla coils stand 7 feet tall and are each capable of putting out over 12 foot of spark. They are spaced about 18 feet apart. The coils are controlled over a fiber optic link by a single laptop computer. Each coil is assigned to a midi channel which it responds to by playing notes that are programmed into the computer software. What is not obvious is how loud the coils are. They are well over 110dB, and you could actually hear the echo off the building nearby if you were there. Props to Steve Ward and Jeff Larson for constructing this masterpiece.
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Doug you Nerd...


I want one too

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We could set it up in front of Brad'* garage, right, Don?
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Right on Mike

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What'* really interesting is that you can get similar volume with way less power by burning certain metal salts. The salts produce ions in the flame when they burn, forming an easier path for the electrical signal. Run a current through it, you get sound. You can actually produce very high-quality sound, due to the lack of mechanical distortion...
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Guy above me is a confirmed nerd.

In a good way....
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ehh, who cares, that was worth a revisit. that was really cool.
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