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Oh, maaaaaaaaaan.

I just saw the Best Musical Instrument EVAR: the Zeusaphone. The Zeusaphone is, essentially, a Tesla coil that has been wired up through a MIDI interface to play music.

With lightning.

Check out the videos. The best part is, you can actually rent these setups through the website. Just think of it! For Organology Day this year, I brought in a few small folk instruments for the class to try out. For Organology Day the next time I get to teach 102, there will be two new instruments added (more on this in an upcoming post -- watch this space). But just imagine if, one day, I were to come into some serious money. Maybe a named professorship or something -- those come with research budgets. I could go rent a Z-26 setup and completely blow my students' minds.

Oh, man. The possibilities are endless. I'd be the most badass ethnomusicology professor in the entire world, playing music for my students with lightning bolts.

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frenchpony
Jan. 14th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
meggins
Jan. 14th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
Zeusaphone--even its name is powerful! And any time you can work in a connection to Tesla, that's a good thing.
frenchpony
Jan. 15th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
Tesla is indeed a god among men. I'm so working this into a "contemporary organology" class that I want to design.
arwensommer
Jan. 15th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
A random aside: is that page supposed to want to install something (malware?) to my computer? My security settings detect the Zeusaphone page as an "attack page" (compromised page used to attack other computers)...
frenchpony
Jan. 16th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
Hmm. That's weird. You know what? Try their YouTube page:

http://www.youtube.com/user/zeusaphone

That'll give you an idea of what I'm talking about.
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