Well, if this isn’t the coolest thing I’ve seen yet this year…

January 6, 2008 at 10:52 pm (music, neat things)

Via Katkmeanders, check out this awesome method of music-making using tesla coils:

I love that Katk calls this “the ultimate electronica!” Heehee.

How would you like your own little zeusaphone to play with, huh?

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7 Comments

  1. katkmeanders said,

    Musical ightening! But it makes sense, sound is frequency, and electricty can vary by frequency… I wonder, really, how close are the sounds we hear from synthesizers and the like to that? I’d bet the older, first synthesizers were closer to that than we’d imagine. They were huge, (I think the first one I read about, that a television studio used for sound effects took up a whole room) and somewhat risky to operate I do believe. (Don’t remember if it was risk of shock, or fire hazard that was the main risk with them.) You couldn’t just be a musician to operate the first synthesizers I think, you had to have training to know how to run the thing. (More so than today to make the thing jump up and do tricks for you musically.)

  2. Emily said,

    Musical lightening…that’s so great.

    “You couldn’t just be a musician to operate the first synthesizers I think, you had to have training to know how to run the thing. (More so than today to make the thing jump up and do tricks for you musically.)”

    I don’t doubt that at all, of course. Even today, as excited about this as I am, I would be a little afraid to be near one.

  3. katkmeanders said,

    Quoting Wikipedia article on Synthesizers -> Analog Synthesizer section: “By the 1960s, synthesizers were developed that could be played in real time but were confined to studios because of their size. These synthesizers were usually configured using a modular design, with standalone signal sources and processors being connected with patch cords or by other means, and all controlled by a common controlling device.”

    Yeah, see? *smile* Warning! Links….

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthesizer

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analog_synthesizers

  4. katkmeanders said,

    Adding, I *LOVE* the original Switched On Bach II from 1974. This is music I teethed on. LOVE it! If you haven’t heard it, I bet you can find the remastered album on Amazon or the like. Wendy Carlos is genius!

  5. moonbeammcqueen said,

    Amazing!

    Re: Wendy Carlos. She also did the soundtrack for “A Clockwork Orange,” which is fantastic.

  6. Daisy said,

    We have heard Switched On Bach (one of them anyway, not sure which), our friend Brenden is really into it.

  7. katkmeanders said,

    I like Switched on Bach II best, Amazon does have the remastered album for sale, and you can listen to sound samples (a minute each) to see if this is the album you heard. Show Brenden the musical lightening? *grin* Be sure to watch his face as he first sees it, if he hasn’t seen it already. I bet it’s quite a sight, watching the wonder as they see it.

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