If there is anything more heavy metal than a man in a chainmail suit chugging out Iron Maiden riffs between two seven foot Tesla Coils while lighting bolts lash his body and guitar, I'll eat my shoe.
DNEWS VIDEO: Shocked by 1 MILLION Volts of Electricity at Maker Faire
Joe DiPrima, founding member of ArcAttack, an Austin, Texas-based performance group, has been riding the lighting all weekend long at 2013 Maker Faire. Donning his Faraday suit of armor in web of voltage, DiPrima has been truly shocking Faire attendees all weekend long by performing along side his Singing Tesla Coils.
Steve Ward, one of the long-standing members of ArcAttack who helped develop the coils in 2005, told Make Magazine he was playing around with sold state Tesla coil technology, which was pretty new at the time. "I could control the pitch with a potentiometer," he said. "The first time Joe saw this thing, he immediately wanted to control it musically."
A standard Tesla coil traditionally had two knobs to control the pulse rate and pulse width. "I got ride of the interrupter circuit, made a pulse rate modulator out of a keyboard, and played it like a piano," DiPrima said.