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10/25/2013 11:10 am ET

WATCH: Musical Tesla Coil Plays 'Sail' by Awolnation

The tesla coil is transitioning from the lab to the stage.

Nikola Tesla's invention was meant to create high voltage, high frequency alternating-current electricity.

At the 2013 Kansas City Maker Faire, however, someone decided to have a bit more fun with the tesla coil, and use it to create music.

Watch what happens when HighVoltageFeathers uses an audio-modulated Dual Resonant Solid State Tesla Coil (DRSSTC) to play "Sail," by Awolnation.

According to the creator, this instrument pulled around 2 kilowatts, which is no more energy than a couple of running microwaves would use!

The machine puts out hundreds of sparks per second, which work like a sound wave. Changing the frequency of the sparks, changes the waves and consequently creates a different note.

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