What happens when you combine science, music, and lighting?

Let us introduce you to ArcAttack, a group that is part music, part performance art, and part science experiment.

ArcAttack’s primary “instruments” are Tesla coils, which are, themselves, fascinating pieces of technology. You’ve probably seen these used before to create displays, or in science museums. For ArcAttack, they take the Tesla coil’s potential one step further, using it as a means of making music.

For more on this captivating combination of science, music, and technology, here is one of EWC’s favorite YouTube Channels, It’s Okay To Be Smart.

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Now that you know how this remarkable process works, and the science behind it, I wanted to share with you what a piece of music most of us are familiar with sounds like while played with lightning!

Check out this classic rock anthem played on the Tesla coils, produced by ArcAttack Music.

The power of art and science

I can remember watching Tesla coils in action when I went to the Museum of Science in Boston as a kid and finding them interesting. I can only imagine how cool I would have found them if I knew they could also be used for making music!

ArcAttack is another great example of what happens when creativity and science collide. Art and science, though pitted against each other as opposing schools of thought are both rooted in a process of curiosity, experimentation, and discovery. One easily compliments the other, helping both ask better questions, create more innovatively, and together push the potential for possibilities forward.

How would the way we look at the world change if we didn’t label ourselves as just a science person, or a math person, or a music person? What yet unseen connections could we make if we allowed ourselves to be interested in everything?

It’s a fun and practical thought experiment, and one you can try the next time you are sifting through television shows, podcasts, articles online, or book choices. Once a day, choose to absorb some bit of knowledge from a topic you never expected to like. You are almost guaranteed to stumble across something new, and you will most certainly begin to see connections in the world that you never thought possible!

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  1. “Musical Tesla Coils in SLOW MOTION! Featuring Physics Girl.” YouTube. It’s Okay To Be Smart, 14 June 2016. Web. 15 Dec. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGhNgeg9IAw>.
  2. “ArcAttack! – Singing Tesla Coils – Final Countdown.” YouTube. ARC ATTACKMUSIC, 22 Dec. 2013. Web. 11 Jan. 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OdubOdFS-Y>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV