Nikola Tesla could not have imagined that the device he had intended to broadcast usable electrical power through the air without the use of wires would end up as a footnote in history, but they sure do make some great tuneage. Sometimes called a zeusaphone, the singing Tesla coil is manipulated to produce high-voltage, low-current sparks. The music is created by modulating the pulses sent through the coils as the sparks are made, at frequencies we interpret as sound.

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These two Tesla coils provide a remarkable rendition of the theme from “Inspector Gadget”, in a suitably gadgety mode.  The video itself comes to us via, who specialize in the creation of Tesla coils and using them in various performance media.


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