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Musical Lightning: Tesla Coil Plays Black Sabbath At The Centre For Life


The Centre for Life in Newcastle has been showcasing it’s latest scientific device, a musical Tesla Coil that produces arcs of electricity in time to music.

The coil works by transferring rhythms into tuned sound and creating musical lightning.

Ian Simmons from the Centre for Life said: "The sound you hear is actually produced by the lightning. The Tesla Coil works on the same kind of principle as the sound from a thunderstorm, only we have tuned the sound so it's recognisable. We often play the song Paranoid by Black Sabbath but there are other songs people can choose.“

Teslas are largely used for educational and entertainment purposes. It was invented by Nikola Tesla in 1891 and primarily used in wireless telegraphy.

The Centre for Life believes it is the only venue in the country to be exhibiting a musical Tesla Coil.

Video: Black Sabbath in science - an example of Tesla Coil functioning by ArcAttack

Joe Daunt for Sky Tyne and Wear, 27 March 2013


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