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Members of the Perth Artifactory hackerspace in Western Australia built a Arcophone, an instrument that uses Jacob’s Ladders to make music. However, they had a need to build a quick Version Two one and it looks great!

Owing to the Arcophone Mk I being stuck somewhere on the Nullabor owing to damage to train tracks from the recent rains. As we had a gig at Scitech we needed a new Arcophone, using the prototype batch of v1.2 coil drivers, Brett, Simon & Daniel spent the better part of the last week building the Arcophone Mk II. The case was designed and cut by Simon Kirkby and the electronics designed and assembled by Brett Downing and Daniel Harmsworth.

Note that the coolest component of the Arcophone are the Coil Driver kits that the Artifactory will be offering soon; I’ll post a link when they’re available. You can see them on the central pedestal. The two side pedestals have ordinary automotive ignition coils that do the actual sparking.

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


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