Tesla Coils Play “Sweet Home Alabama”

March 21st, 2012 | Robot

While I can only really listen to about 30 seconds of the sound quality, watching these Tesla coils play Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama is pretty cool.  I don’t believe Nikola Tesla could have imagined his great invention would be used in such a way…

Apparently you can create music pretty easily with Tesla coils.  All you need to do is modulate their break rate with MIDI data and a control unit, which basically means running the Tesla coils through a MIDI keyboard.

It’s also not every day that you see such an interesting mix of technology and country music.  And I really like how this is just set up in some guy’s driveway — a helluva home project.

I’m sure all the fans will be calling for “Free Bird” next.

-RSB

[via NPR]

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