Open Spark 2012

7 July 2012

Here are my entries for the 2012 Open Spark Project. Two massive Tesla coils are controlled by MIDI sequences, and there's an audio channel for the background music.

First item: I really wanted to do an operatic duet, so I chose the Flower Duet from Lakmé, by Léo Delibes. The basis for this was an arrangement by George Pollen. I picked out the two main voices from amongst several instrument tracks. The remaining voices are synthesised to the audio track.

Second item: The song "Nikola Tesla", by Ben Folds, Neil Gaiman, Damian Kulash, and Amanda Palmer. An obvious choice, but a bit of a risk as I was unsure whether two Tesla coils could work as "backing vocals" when they the loudest freaking instruments in the place. I was gratified that Neil responded with a "glorious nerdy rush of pride". I hope you like it too.