Thu
Feb 9 2012 4:00pm

ArcAttack Make Their Tesla Coils Do “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath

I’ve encountered ArcAttack before – possibly the most science fictional band in the history of ever, as they play their music using Tesla coils – because their awesome performance of the Doctor Who theme was not to be missed. This next video is potentially even cooler than the Doctor Who theme performance: ArcAttack do sections of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” on their Singing Tesla Coils.

Their band statement just verifies my suspicion that ArcAttack are the most SFnal band going right now: “ArcAttack is all about putting on a show that is not just a concert, but an otherworldly experience. In doing so with the technology that we’ve created, we hope to inspire minds, the young and the old, to take up an interest in science, the arts, and their applications, to examine where they intersect, where they are going, and to re-examine the works of past researchers and performers such as Nikola Tesla and Delia Derbyshire in light of the ever evolving face of this amazing world.”

Further videos available on their website, including an excerpt from Bach’s Toccata and Fugue and an interview done at the ’08 Maker Faire.

3 comments
Evan Langlinais
1. Skwid
Every time I see an Arc Attack video on YouTube or even on television, it makes me tremendously sad. You know why? Because I know that the vast majority of people seeing it have no idea how MINDBLOWINGLY AMAZING they are live. I'm not kidding, it is a transcendentally moving experience standing only feet away from music being made through an exploitation of the primal forces of reality! You can feel it on your skin. You can smell it in the air. It's better than magic, it's mankind enforcing our will on the universe and making music with it.

So yeah...I'm sure this is neat for you guys. But man. You have no idea.
Brit Mandelo
2. BritMandelo
@Skwid

I am so immensely jealous of you.

I just thought you should know.
Mike Foster
3. zephyrkey
It is a gross injustice to the world that they did not win America's Got Talent back in '10, though as the judges pointed out then the act doesn't really translate that well to television.

In that spirit though, linky to their performance of "Iron Man" on the show. Sharon: "if you guys want to perform Iron Man again, I know a singer who can sing for you"

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