Playing Black Sabbath on Tesla coils with an iron guitar, standing in a Faraday suit

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58 Responses to “Playing Black Sabbath on Tesla coils with an iron guitar, standing in a Faraday suit”

  1. hands down, the coolest thing i’ve ever seen in my whole life

  2. Jose says:

    MIDI compatible Tesla coils…. Can I get that at Guitar Centre?

    • jb says:

       No, but they’ll sell you a Monster Cable they’re pretty sure conducts the electricity better than some other cable that’s under $15.

  3. Halloween Jack says:

    NONE MORE METAL

  4. gtrjnky says:

    That’s rather obnoxious.

  5. MrJM says:

    If you need me to explain why you should spend 1:26 watching a man wielding an iron guitar in a Faraday suit playing Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” on MIDI-compatible Tesla coils, you are in the wrong place, pal.

    Perhaps the finest sentence of your career, Mr. Doctorow. 

  6. snagglepuss says:

    Obbidah-Obbidah-Obiddah-Obbidah – SPROING !!!!

    This is as good a reason as ANY for the internet to exist.

  7. nixiebunny says:

    Some people have WAY too much fun with their hobbies. 

  8. DevinC says:

    So much awesome, I spilled some on my pants.

  9. suburbanhick says:

    Who needs Ozzy gnawing the head off a bat when you’ve got science?

  10. DRot says:

    Shouldn’t they be playing Ride the Lightning? Maybe that’s the next song in the setlist.

  11. bo1n6bo1n6 says:

    Ozzy would be proud.

  12. Crashproof says:

    Apparently they did this on America’s Got Talent in August 2010… 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApAF6zAlv8w

  13. Shibi_SF says:

    Very nice!

  14. This looks like crazy fetish pron.

  15. Manny says:

    America’s Got Talent has a lot of artist interviews that boil down to

    “So, what happens if there is [some tiny mistake or defect in equipment]?”
    “I die horribly.”
    “And so why do you do it?”
    “Because I’m a Happy Mutant.”

  16. {Takes a deep breath….}
    captain beefheart and his magic band – electricity
    kiss – shock me
    shock the monkey – peter gabriel
    metallica – ride the lightning
    ac/dc – flick of the switch
    ac/dc – high voltage
    ac/dc-thunderstruck
    ramones – gimme shock treatment
    kraftwerk – electric café
    black sabbath – electric funeral
    debbie gibson – electric youth
    the buzzcocks – my love battery
    eddy grant – electric avenue
    robert palmer – i dream of wires
    the bee gees – edison
    gap band – electricity
    tom t. hall — turn it on turn it on turn it on
    motley crue – live wire
    martha and the vandellas – live wire
    sonic youth – hot wire my heart
    the residents – electrocutioner
    the plugz – electrify me
    joni mitchell – electricity and you turn me on, i’m a radio
    yes — lightning strikes
    marcia griffiths – electric boogie  (the electric slide song)
    {Exhales….}

  17. Wingnut says:

    I presume the big fan in back is to extract all the ozone produced. 

  18. Manel says:

    THIS is too fucking RAD! 

  19. jay kusnetz says:

    I shot video of them in 3D when they were at the NYC Maker Faire 2011. Here is a man dancing  http://youtu.be/IdDJsg-LTf0 and here is the view from INSIDE the faraday cage http://youtu.be/-lCQxzDQvP8 and from backstage with the Dr. Who theme http://youtu.be/WjpWfpWQrZ8
    Youtube supports 3D, and you can change the viewing method, so you can use red/cyan glasses, or a 3D tv/monitor, or even a wheatstone viewer http://www.berezin.com/3d/wheatstone.htm

  20. Zadaz says:

    As badass as they are in video, see them live.  I can not emphasize this enough.  Several orders of magnitude of what they are doing are lost on video. 15 feet from the stage you can feel it. (And it sounds much better since the audio isn’t clipped badly.)

  21. voiceinthedistance says:

    Should have been a ukelele.  Just sayin’ . . .

  22. arcattack says:

    Heya Cory! Thanks for writing about us! The guitar isnt iron though, its actually made out of wood with shielding and a couple of micro-controllers hooked up to a switch bank (the fret board) and is all optically isolated. The giant fan in the back isn’t for sucking ozone. It was 100 degrees that day and being in a metal suit can get pretty hot. And in reference to Manny’s comment, our interview went as follows “THEM: What happens when something goes wrong? US: We have many safety controls to minimize any major problem. If something goes wrong we just turn it off. THEM: is lightning deadly? US: Lightning is very deadly, but our machines arnt nearly as dangerous as real lightning.”

    What they put on tv after editing magic:

    Them: What happens if something goes wrong?

    Us: Lightning is very deadly, (insert slow motion graphic of us walking away or twoards the stage.)

  23. jaytkay says:

    That’s undoubtedly the finest rendition I have heard of Black Sabbath’s Iron Man on Tesla coils played with an iron guitar, standing in a Faraday suit.

    Thanks, I enjoyed that!

  24. buddy66 says:

    Yep, I’m in the wrong place….

  25. CountZero says:

    Teh AWESOMZ!

  26. rumorsofmydemise says:

    They played in my city in November. I was CRUSHED that I had to miss it.

  27. grimc says:

    AWESOME.

    But I was shouting for “Freebird”.

  28. CognitiveDissident says:

    As awesome as that was, someone needs to wrest that thing away from him before something unfortunate happens to the people he once saved.

  29. noah django says:

    can i wear the suit?

  30. randhuit says:

    nice suit, nice instrument. but total failure on the music side. why would you build a new instrument, just to emulate old, existent music? this thing could give you the opportunity to seek some new music as it gives you the capability to make music differently. however, with re-doing what has already been done you are not even thinking about transgression. this is just as interesting as synthesizer guys emulating strings to play mozart. or trying to sound like the wind. what’s the point?

    • arcattack says:

      we did it specifically so someone would ask that question! ;) but in all seriousness you make an awesome point. we do play a lot of originals, which dont get picked up by the blogs unfortunatly.
      This song was especially picked up by the blog circuit because of our performance of it on Americas Got Talent.

      Feel Free to loom up some of originals:

      ArcAttack – I wanna horse
      ArcAttack – Tremelo-lo-lo
      ArcAttack – beasts
      ArcAttack – Ooze

  31. David Kopelman says:

    Needs more cowbell.

  32. jollyroger says:

                    IN THE LATE SEVENTIES THE BAND KANSAS HAD A SONG “I COMMAND THE LIGHTNINGS HAND”  ONE  DAY THERE WAS TO BE A DEMO BY A COMPANY THAT
    BUILT TESLA COILS. THE OWNER OF THE COMPANY SAID DO YOU WANT TO SEE THE SWORD OR THE GAUNTLET. HE PICKED UP THE GAUNTLET AND SAID CONTACT. HE FLEW HALF WAY ACROSS THE ROOM AND THE ROOM TURNED  VERY QUIET !!  HIS ASSISTANT SAID VERY SHEEPISHLY OOPS !! I THOUGHT YOU SAID THE SWORD !!??!! THE OWNER WAS  NOT INJURED EXCEPT FOR A BRUISE
    AND IT WORKED FLAWLESSLY TIME & TIME AGAIN ONCE IT HAD BEEN GROUNDED PROPERLY.
                     NEEDLESS TO SAY THAT AFTER THE DEMO ROBBIE WHO SANG THE SONG WAS RELUCTANT TO WEAR THE GLOVE AND OR THE SWORD AND FOR FIRST LEG OF THE TOUR THE COILS WERE FLOWN UNDER THE SOUND SYSTEM. THE COILS WERE COUPLED WITH LARGE METAL RINGS AND THE LIGHTING SHOT TO THEM.
                     WHEN WE RETURNED FOR THE SECOND LEG OF THE TOUR “THE THANG” AS WE CALLED IT WAS NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN ??

  33. Ted Bautista says:

    Nikola Tesla approves of this performance.

  34. robdobbs says:

    I expect more out of my Boing Boing. These guys did this on American Idol about 2 years ago. 

  35. Frank Diekman says:

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