Skip to comments.Playing Black Sabbath on Tesla coils with an iron guitar, standing in a Faraday suit
Posted on 02/07/2012 9:11:12 PM PST by bigbob
If you need me to explain why you should spend 1:26 watching a man wielding an iron guitar in a Faraday suit playing Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" on MIDI-compatible Tesla coils, you are in the wrong place, pal.
ArcAttack is performing a Tesla Coil version of Iron Man by Black Sabbath. The Guitar Player is using an iron guitar in a faraday cage
ArcAttack testing out the world's first lighting-proof MIDI guitar in their warehouse in Austin, Texas.
The MIDI signal from the guitar is routed through a fiber optic cable to control the Tesla coils.
Update: From the comments, ArcAttack clarifies, "The guitar isnt iron though, its actually made out of wood with shielding and a couple of micro-controllers hooked up to a switch bank (the fret board) and is all optically isolated. The giant fan in the back isn't for sucking ozone. It was 100 degrees that day and being in a metal suit can get pretty hot. And in reference to Manny's comment, our interview went as follows "THEM: What happens when something goes wrong? US: We have many safety controls to minimize any major problem. If something goes wrong we just turn it off. THEM: is lightning deadly? US: Lightning is very deadly, but our machines arnt nearly as dangerous as real lightning."
The stuff techno-geek dreams are made of!
If 5,000 screaming groupies throw their panties at once, won’t the thing short out?;)
Only if they are damp.
and for anyone within a hundred feet of this thing, they would be ;-)
Are they are going to play in the rain?
The next big genre of heavy metal?
I will pay to see and hear it just because it sounds so cool.
I don’t care what. With a thread title like that, I had to see this. Awesome.
Best rock band ever.
Me too, love Sabotage from 1975.
Probably was a lot better in his head.
Could have been playing pop goes the weasel.
Shouldn’t they be playing Tesla on Tesla Coils?
Best rhythm section ever...and best rock band of all time.
Give it 3 minutes.
We took our 3 children to see them LIVE. It was awesome. They did a science presentation for the kids before the ‘concert’ and took lots of questions after. They had a robot playing drums.
Now why didn't I think of that?
I saw Black Sabbath in Tallahassee when they did their “Iron Man” tour in the early ‘70s . . . . . been a fan ever since.
Can’t play a lick on a guitar but I’d sure love to have one of those suits and a lightning generator. That looks like too much fun!!!
Electric heavy metal ping
I like that song, but the way it was played it sounded a whole lot more like DEVO than black sabbath!
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