Irrational Orchestration

demonstration: electromagnetic oscillator

2013

experiment / prototype / rehearsal

dimensions: variable

diverse materials


Two metal rods are connected in series with an electromagnet and a direct current power supply. When they touch, the circuit is completed to engage the electromagnet, whose magnetic field forces the rods apart. The circuit is broken and the spring-like rods relax, make contact again and so on. The circuit oscillates. The electrical sparks emitted can also be heard as static pops and clicks on a nearby AM radio tuned between stations.


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