WATCH: Musical Tesla Coil Plays 'Sail' by Awolnation

Tesla Coils Can Play Music

The tesla coil is transitioning from the lab to the stage.

Nikola Tesla's invention was meant to create high voltage, high frequency alternating-current electricity.

At the 2013 Kansas City Maker Faire, however, someone decided to have a bit more fun with the tesla coil, and use it to create music.

Watch what happens when HighVoltageFeathers uses an audio-modulated Dual Resonant Solid State Tesla Coil (DRSSTC) to play "Sail," by Awolnation.

According to the creator, this instrument pulled around 2 kilowatts, which is no more energy than a couple of running microwaves would use!

The machine puts out hundreds of sparks per second, which work like a sound wave. Changing the frequency of the sparks, changes the waves and consequently creates a different note.

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