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Apr 19th 2011

Masters of lightning

Nikola Tesla, born on 10 July 1856 grew to become known as the father of modern electronics. His most wonderful invetion, aptly named the 'Tesla Coil' in his own honour. A type of resonant transformer circuit used to produce high voltage, low current, high frequency alternating current electricity, however they do produce higher current than the electrostatic machines.

Used to help research many of Teslas electrical engineering innovations, this brilliant piece of kit has many applications in the research and development of electrical kit. Even today, over almost 150 years after it's inception! Things like pcb assembly would probably be a much more complicated process were it not for several of Teslas incredible inventions, innovations and ideas.

But there was one particular innovative use of Teslas coils that i doubt even he would have foreseen...

A Musical Instrument!

Brilliantly nicknamed: The Zeusaphone

The guys behind this wonderful performance are: The Masters Of Lightning: Steve Ward, Jeff Larson and Terry Blake

There are videos all over the web of these guys performing various melodies and memorable tunes; and several more describing how they create music with these immensely powerful electrical rigs.

We hope you found this as entertaining and impressive as we did here!

Until next time, The Newbury Electronics Team