Ian Charnas

Open Spark Project

Still frame from promotional video for Open Spark Project showing Zeus excited about musical lightning bolts
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Your music, our lightning

In 2011 the Tesla Orchestra produced the Open Spark Project, an opportunity for musicians around the world to have their music played through pure electricity.

Musical entries arrived from several countries and were converted into musical lightning bolts on the world’s largest twin musical tesla coils.

In the press

This unusual online concert was featured by Wired, BoingBoing, Forbes, NPR, PitchFork, Huffington Post, Laughing Squid, Hackaday, and others, while over 50,000 people tuned in to watch the show.

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Many thanks to Paul Buchheit (inventor of GMail) for funding this project. Thanks also to Paul Sobota (promotional video production), Matt Fitzpatrick (music production, screen acting), Brittany Campbell (screen acting), Julie Patton (voice acting), Tyler Laseter (event video production), Ryan Meyer (website application coding), Ted Van Hyning (lighting), Little Jacket (poster production), Tom Kondilas and LESS Productions (audio/photography), and everyone else who contributed to this project.

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