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"Super Mario Bros." title theme on tuned Tesla coils.

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This is one of the more novel arrangements I've seen. Not strictly a "remix", since it duplicates the original chiptune note-for-note, but the instrument it's played on is worth a few geek points - and it may serve as a point of interest for anyone with a background in audio engineering.

http://www.videosift.com/video/Super-Mario-Bros-Theme-by-Tesla-Coils

(My apologies if this has already been posted; a search for "Tesla" didn't turn up any hits, so I figure I'm covered, but I may simply be blind.)

- Dave.

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If you mean I should have posted in that thread, my bad - that's what I get for only checking in here once every six months or so. ^^;

(If, on the other hand, you mean it's already in been posted there, for that I make no apologies - I'd much rather look like an uncultured dork than spend an evening sorting through seven hundred posts worth of ambiguously labelled URLs. :P )

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Was is played with the coils or were the coils used as the notes were played?

It's played with the coils. Continuous electrical discharges aren't really continuous - they "flicker" at a frequency ranging from kilohertz to megahertz, imparting a vibration of similar frequency to the air through which they pass. Coincidentally, the lower end of that range (about 10-20 kHz) falls within the range of human hearing; with a bit of engineering, you can modulate the discharge frequency with surprising precision.

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So... correct me if I'm wrong. All the engineers have to do is tell the coils when to discharge and how hard, and they can basically play the air around the discharge? What did the second video mean about 41 KHz sparks and long fiber optics and such?

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