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Electrifying Performance

In China’s Fujian province in Dacuo Village, a local band called Lightningfan specializes in producing electric arcs from Tesla coils that are charged with 1 million volts of electricity, and are in sync with the music they play.

Shielded by protective clothing made from ferroalloy silk thread, the members of Lightningfan play their instruments while generating lightning bolts as long as 4.2 meters without suffering any bodily harm. Their suits insulate them from the current which passes into the ground, and allows them to shape the artificial lightning bolts into various patterns during concerts. Needless to say, their performances are electrifying.

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Some really grim and heavy posts today, so here’s a guy in a chainmaille suit performing with Tesla coils that are playing the Doctor Who theme.

edit: oh my god he’s waving his arms to the music like that because he is the the conductor

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Hang onto your thinking caps because this is the most sciencetastically awesome music video we’ve ever seen. Entitled “CYMATICS: Science Vs. Music”, it was directed by Shahir Daud for the “Cymatics” track from New Zealand-born musician Nigel Stanford’s new album Solar Echoes. There are no special effects happening here. It’s all practical science, a very stylish and completely awesome application of the science of Cymatics, which is the science of visualizing audio frequencies and vibrations.

Typically the surface of a plate, diaphragm, or membrane is vibrated, and regions of maximum and minimum displacement are made visible in a thin coating of particles, paste, or liquid. Different patterns emerge in the excitatory medium depending on the geometry of the plate and the driving frequency.

Sound and vibration both travel in waves. Cymatics shows us those waves and they’re beautiful. In this video they take the form of sand, water, ferrofluid, fire and electric currents. All of the scientific experiments conducted in this stunning video are real. If you’re anything like us, you won’t be able to look away until it’s over and then you’ll watch it again. If Tesla could see it, he’d be dancing.

Head over to the Cymatics page of Nigel Stanford’s website for lots of equally fascinating behind-the-scened videos.

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It’s electric! Woogie, woogie, woogie. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself).

The band members of Lightningfan, from China, wear metal suits because bolts of lightning from a Tesla coil crackle around them as they play guitars, violins and drums. The band’s founding member, Wang Zengxiang, is an electrical engineer and made his first Tesla Coil in 2007.

Photos by Peter Parks, AFP/Getty Images

Check out all of the photos: http://usat.ly/15JSuZG

–Marlena Chertock

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The Inspector Gadget theme played on duel Tesla coils

Go go Gadget awesomeness!