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ArcAttack
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ArcAttack's singing Tesla coil at SXSW, March 14, 2007
Background information
Origin Austin, Texas, United States
Genres Rock, Electronic rock
Years active 2005–present

ArcAttack is a performance art group that specializes in playing music through a combination of homemade, high-tech instruments, and more traditional instruments such as guitar and bass.[1][2][3][4]

Background[edit]

The main attraction of their performance is the use of two custom built singing Tesla coils, which have been modified to play musical notes by modulating their spark output. The group also uses a robot drum kit, which is computer controlled via a custom micro controller, that has been programmed to interpret MIDI data and mechanically actuate its drum sticks accordingly.[5][6]

Aside from the automated musical machines and live performers, ArcAttack also incorporates a stunt man, who MCs the show, and engages the Tesla Coils by walking through the electricity wearing a relatively thin chain mail Faraday suit.[7][8]

ArcAttack is also featured in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game AdventureQuest Worlds as a band in the game's story "Doomwood Saga". [9]

History[edit]

In Austin, Texas, late 2005, Joe DiPrima began developing the first generation of singing Tesla Coils with the help of Steve Ward, a veteran Tesla Coiler from Illinois. The design developed quickly, and after several iterations the instrument reached its present form.[10] In 2007, Craig Newswanger of Resonance Studios provided the performance with another high tech gadget, a robotic drum kit.[11] All the while, friends around the country were helping generate musical content for the new technology to play. In 2007, John DiPrima, the main contributor of original Tesla coil music, moved down from Chicago to help the process evolve further. In January 2008, ArcAttack was finally named. Tony Smith, an old friend of the DiPrima's and a guitarist who had been assisting the group since mid-2006, began helping write music. Later, the group would meet Patrick 'Parsec' Brown, their MC and Faraday Suit stunt man. Another songwriter and old friend, Andrew Mansberger, moved from Seattle to contribute with guitar and keyboards, completing the crew.

America's Got Talent[edit]

ArcAttack auditioned for the fifth season of America's Got Talent in Dallas, Texas, Sharon Osbourne buzzed them in the audition because she felt the act was too technical, but they were advanced to the second round Vegas Week. The group featured often in the brief pre-episode "Flashes" that showed some of the acts from that season. On August 3, 2010 ArcAttack performed in the top 48 where they performed the Black Sabbath song, "Iron Man". Osbourne quipped at the time, "The next time you do Iron Man, I know somebody [i.e, her husband] who can sing it for you." The next day it was announced that ArcAttack had come either 4th or 5th in the voting and judges Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne sent them through to the semi-finals. Their semifinal performance was highly praised by the three judges, but they acknowledged that viewers at home may not fully appreciate all that is seen on the live stage. Subsequently, ArcAttack was eliminated along with the other three contestants, Kristina Young, Dan Sperry, and Future Funk.

Electrified: One Million Volts Always On[edit]

ArcAttack designed the Tesla coils that were used in David Blaine's stunt, which occurred on Pier 54 in New York City during October 2012. ArcAttack was tasked with building an array of 7 Tesla coils, which operated continuously over the course of three days.[12][13] David stood between them on a pedestal, wearing a Faraday suit, without food or sleep. At the conclusion of the event, David claimed that this will be the last endurance stunt that he is to perform.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 9/25/09 2:20pm 9/25/09 2:20pm. "ArcAttack: Lightning-Proof Musicians Share Their Tesla Coil Secrets". Gizmodo.com. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  2. ^ Cory Doctorow at 7:27 am Fri, Feb 20, 2009 (2009-02-20). "Tesla coils sing the Doctor Who theme in orgy of electric awesomesauce". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  3. ^ "Feature: Audio Modulated Thunder Music Pleases Thor | Geeks are Sexy Technology News". Geeksaresexy.net. 2009-02-17. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  4. ^ Olsen, Anton (2013-03-28). "An Electrifying Performance by ArcAttack | GeekDad". Wired.com. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  5. ^ Terdiman, Daniel (2008-04-17). "ArcAttack brings singing Tesla coils to the masses | Geek Gestalt - CNET News". News.cnet.com. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/arcattacks-summer-in-abu-dhabi
  8. ^ "This new-fangled electric music". Theridiculant.metro.co.uk. 2009-11-19. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  9. ^ "ArcAttack Event is LIVE!". Aq.com. 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  10. ^ Terdiman, Daniel (2007-03-10). "The singing tesla coils | Crave - CNET". News.cnet.com. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  11. ^ "Back Again! « Resonance Studio Workshop". Resonancestudio.com. 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  12. ^ JULIE REPPERT (jreppert@sungazette.com) (2012-10-25). "‘ArcAttack’ to electrify - SunGazette.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Williamsport-Sun Gazette". SunGazette.com. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  13. ^ "David Blaine — Performance Artist or Poseur?". Hyperallergic.com. 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  14. ^ "David Blaine Completes 'Last Endurance Stunt'". News.sky.com. 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 

External links[edit]


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DigiNews

DigiNews
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:53:32 -0700

NEW YORK, July 1 2014 — ArcAttack, a “band” from Austin, Texas, performance at Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady, NY on February 28, 2014 was nothing short of electrifying. Instead of speakers to transform ArcAttack's music into sound waves, they use ...
 
Discovery News
Sun, 19 May 2013 19:41:05 -0700

Joe DiPrima, founding member of ArcAttack, an Austin, Texas-based performance group, has been riding the lighting all weekend long at 2013 Maker Faire. Donning his Faraday suit of armor in web of voltage, DiPrima has been truly shocking Faire attendees ...
 
Huffington Post Canada
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:10:26 -0700

When the band ArcAttack took the stage at Calgary's Beakerhead, they promised an electrifying show. And while the audience wasn't exactly blinded by the science of it all, it's safe to say they were astonished by the thousands of lightning bolts produced.
 
YouTube
Sun, 23 May 2010 03:24:57 -0700

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Gizmodo.com
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 11:30:43 -0700

When Nikola Tesla invented his coil in 1891, he probably never imagined the ominous structures taking the place of the violin or French horn. But with time, anything's possible. Music trio ArcAttack adds its own spin to Tesla's dream machine.
 
PSFK
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:11:15 -0700

Dutch electronic couture artist, designer and curator Anouk Wipprecht collaborated with Tesla coil music performance group ArcAttack to create an “electrifying” dress that conducts and discharges electrical current. Wipprecht and Arcatack's wearable ...
 
CNET Crave Blog (blog)
Thu, 17 Apr 2008 16:39:12 -0700

Now, however, ArcAttack has a whole ensemble mixing science and music and plastic--the Tesla coils, a pipe organ made from PVC, a robotic drumset--and putting it all together in short concerts with original music. "We've got a solid 45 minutes or so of ...
 
Geeks of Doom (blog)
Wed, 09 Jun 2010 17:25:50 -0700

On one of the episodes recently, a “technological performance group” from Austin, Texas called ArcAttack took the stage for what looked like it would become a certain failure, even catching an X by Sharon Osbourne a tad early. To everyone's surprise ...
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