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Phenomenal!! Mark Smart’s Tesla Coil Concert…

Tim Love Lee sent this video to me a few weeks ago – this astounding concert is courtesy of Haken Audio is home to the wonderful Continuum Fingerboard, created by the teacher of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Lippold Haken.
This video features one of Mr. Haken’s students, Mark Smart. Here’s a tidbit about the video from
“Mark Smart performs live in Urbana, Illinois on March 7, 2008. This outdoor concert was part of a student-run open house for the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois. Tesla coils were used to create musical pitches via a control system designed by university student Steve Ward. Two coils were used. The right coil is playing a prerecorded Midi track, acting as the bass, and the left one is performed live as a lead sound via the Continuum fingerboard. The Midi track as well as additional audio backing tracks were played via Cubase running on a Open Labs Neko workstation. In spite of the frigid temperatures (4 degrees Fahrenheit, 26 mph winds), the concert was well attended and was voted the most popular event of the open house.”

Check out Mark Smart’s album, “Solo Jazz Looping” on CD Baby. Be sure and visit his website as well as more of his work on!

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