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DUELING BANJOS. TESLA COILS. OH MY GOD.
March 14, 2012 1:12 PM   Subscribe

This is the coolest thing in the world. For reals. It's "Dueling Banjos"... played on two giant Tesla Coils. That's... pretty dang amazing. As if that's not enough, perhaps you'll like the Nyan Cat theme? Or perhaps Sweet Home Alabama, for jonmc? Or In The Hall of the Mountain King, for the most awesome remake of M ever?

Or just subscribe to their channel, as they've got hell of more.

So awesome.

(kinda sorta previously)
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me (42 comments total) 38 users marked this as a favorite

 
You are right, this is pretty much the coolest thing EVER
posted by Blasdelb at 1:17 PM on March 14, 2012


Sweet Home Alabama is my favorite.
posted by Malice at 1:17 PM on March 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


The home page of the Tesla synth.
posted by bonehead at 1:21 PM on March 14, 2012


Cooler than saving dying children?
posted by tunewell at 1:23 PM on March 14, 2012


Electricity waste-off!
posted by Sys Rq at 1:27 PM on March 14, 2012


So, tunewell, you're saying they should do "We Are the World" with Tesla coils?
posted by symbioid at 1:28 PM on March 14, 2012 [4 favorites]


I don't know... saving dying children.... that's PRETTY cool.

...but these are giant machines that make lightning bolts AND can do songs.

I'd like to see one of your precious saviors-of-dying-kids do THAT.
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me at 1:29 PM on March 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


At about 1:25 into the Dueling Banjos video, I saw a moth flying into frame and thought "Oh man, little buddy! Don't do it! I know it's tempting and all, but you don't wanna go there."
posted by ShutterBun at 1:31 PM on March 14, 2012 [4 favorites]


I can't wait for my wife to get home so I can show her these videos and she can say no to me again. Damn it.
posted by empyrean at 1:36 PM on March 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


Needs more Faraday Cage Suit.
posted by radwolf76 at 1:37 PM on March 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


The sound of Daleks mating.
posted by Thorzdad at 1:44 PM on March 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


Sweet Home Alabama is my favorite.

How could it not be? It's just missing the inserted "Roll-Tide-Roll".
posted by RolandOfEld at 1:45 PM on March 14, 2012


Ooh! Lookit the gaunt dahleks spitting songs of fire at each other!

Wondering if this might make for the only accetable version of "It's A Small World (After All)"...
posted by likeso at 1:45 PM on March 14, 2012


Dammit, Thorzdad.
posted by likeso at 1:45 PM on March 14, 2012


The sound of Daleks mating.
Myth: CONFIRMED
posted by radwolf76 at 1:48 PM on March 14, 2012


How has this not appeared in a Fallout game yet?
posted by The Whelk at 1:50 PM on March 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Those are all pretty cool, I guess. But they arent Tesla Guitar Suit.
posted by lrobertjones at 1:52 PM on March 14, 2012


Closest we've come for that would be Old Olney from the Broken Steel DLC, and the subsequent weapon the Brotherhood of Steel develops from the parts you gather for them there.
posted by radwolf76 at 1:52 PM on March 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Note to self. Make a Tesla coil.
posted by cjorgensen at 1:59 PM on March 14, 2012


I think Tesla Guitar Suit, while not exactly musically awesome, is easily the most metal thing I have seen yet this year.
posted by brennen at 1:59 PM on March 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Closest we've come for that would be Old Olney from the Broken Steel DLC, and the subsequent weapon the Brotherhood of Steel develops from the parts you gather for them there.

Ahem.

Dancing In The Streets is a side quest in Fallout: Motor City

-Help Spectator Phil repair the Twin Tesla Towers for his public concert
-Obtain the Burst Regulator from the Belle Isle Enclave Camp

(Optional) Disable the Twin Tesla Towers for the Enclave
(Optional) Convince Spectator Phil the Twin Tesla Towers might be better used as a power source for the town
(Optional) Inform the Maple Leaf Defenders that the Twin Tesla Towers are unguarded and ripe for picking
posted by The Whelk at 2:22 PM on March 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hmph, disappointing - particularly because when they get to the good bit in the song, they bring in a cheezy MIDI sequence on top of it to play the hard parts. I was really interested to see what they were going to do, too...

Between Björk's recent tour and the Tesla Orchestra, I'm getting a trifle tired of this trick, I hate to say.
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 2:46 PM on March 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh no, this uses modern technology and is embraced by people that are young. jonmc will hate this.
posted by lazaruslong at 2:46 PM on March 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


They seem to have missed the obvious.
posted by Wolfdog at 2:48 PM on March 14, 2012


Foolish human interacts with one of two singing Tesla coils to play the Ghostbusters theme. He seems to be in a Faraday suit of sorts. Sure, it's fun, but it is easily topped by Arc Attack playing the Doctor Who theme, while in a more badass Faraday suit.
posted by filthy light thief at 3:13 PM on March 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


I botched the first link, here's the video.
posted by filthy light thief at 3:15 PM on March 14, 2012


Wow. If they'd make those things play national anthems, they'd be used as border fences all over the world.
posted by hank at 3:25 PM on March 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wow. If they'd make those things play national anthems, they'd be used as border fences all over the world.

I feel like this would present a slightly higher utility bill than your average electric fence.
posted by brennen at 3:34 PM on March 14, 2012


At first I thought this was the rock band Tesla's interpretation of these songs. But I wasn't disappointed once I saw what it was.
posted by Metro Gnome at 3:45 PM on March 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Sweet Home Alabama is my favorite.
+1!

How could it not be? It's just missing the inserted "Roll-Tide-Roll".

Well, as long as we're looking for improvements: I wouldn't mind also seeing some bolts of electricity shocking former Alabama governor George Wallace, if he were still around.
posted by jsr1138 at 4:38 PM on March 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


but it is easily topped by Arc Attack playing the Doctor Who theme,

I'll see your Doctor Who theme and raise you an Imperial March.
posted by ceribus peribus at 4:40 PM on March 14, 2012


"Sweet Home Alabama is my favorite."

The only thing that would make it even better would be George Wallace taking the place of that grounding rod.

A living Wallace. Without a faraday suit.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 4:46 PM on March 14, 2012


Argh!
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 4:46 PM on March 14, 2012


Okay, seriously, this is just begging for an AC/DC cover.
posted by dry white toast at 5:40 PM on March 14, 2012


...I wouldn't mind also seeing some bolts of electricity shocking former Alabama governor George Wallace,...

I don't propose to know your meaning behind this comment but I sincerely hope it wasn't an assumption on my racial views because I'm a fan of a certain song. On top of that I don't profess to know what the band was trying to get at in the lyrics either, but there was some great discussion and information on the blue recently referencing this topic with an in depth analysis of song writers Skynard / Young. I'm just saying... it looks pretty complicated... and they did also write a pretty awesome ballad about a black hero figure. I tend not to look too deeply into writers/lyrics/intent but that foray into history was enjoyable.

Of course Wallace, on the other hand, was an asshat, but an asshat of the times fwiw.

Sorry if this comes across as defensive, it gets old being likened to racists/racist roots because of the way one speaks or the roots one has. I tend to be a bit... hypersensitive as a result.

posted by RolandOfEld at 6:37 PM on March 14, 2012


Cooler than saving dying children?

Actually saving dying children isn't that cool anymore. Didn't you get the memo?
posted by astrobiophysican at 7:54 PM on March 14, 2012


Wow, do we get to criticize anything that doesn't save dying children now? Metafilter in 2012 is going to be FUN!
posted by mmoncur at 7:58 PM on March 14, 2012


When I was a kid, my folks bought a travel trailer, and liked to hook it up to the family Econoline to go on "camping" vacations that involved parking the travel trailer next to a set of water and electrical hookups, in the middle of a vast, unending grid of such hookups, with the token pine trees nearby.

On one trip, to Upstate New York, or so I am assured, we were fairly close to the swimming pool and rec-room, which was a reasonably well stocked video game arcade. My little brother was playing Pole Position, and went suddenly stiff, thrashing at the controls. I had no idea what had happened, until I saw my Dad, the electrical engineer, running past the rec room door, dripping wet from the pool, headed to our metal-skinned travel trailer screaming "Faraday shielding! Faraday shielding!"

The thunder hit a split second later.

Everyone turned out OK, but "Faraday Shielding!" is now something of a family in-joke.
posted by Slap*Happy at 9:25 PM on March 14, 2012 [3 favorites]


That Hall of the Mountain King really rocked! Cheers!
posted by Samizdata at 9:58 PM on March 14, 2012


Right, well no where near as cool, but I'm making this by the end of the month, and larger one the month after that :-) Looks like I need to go hunting for the right transformer.
posted by dibblda at 11:10 PM on March 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


If I had to pick which should survive: a small, sticky, shrill-voiced human or a magnificent metal machine for the purpose of making music with lightning... Well, I just hope that whoever owned the little kid was willing to accept some disappointments in their life.
posted by winna at 5:06 PM on March 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


I really wish I had the chance to create music for Tesla coils that's not a goofy cover of something... I feel like there's a lot of untapped potential there. If my Tesla/Edison opera ever gets staged again, I am pushing so hard for this.
posted by speicus at 8:40 PM on March 15, 2012


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