Welcome to Telmatronics

Telmatronics are exploring new ways to make sound with plasma.

Plasma is glowing gas that is described as the fourth state of matter - energetic enough to be ionised, and electrically conductive. By changing a plasma's properties, its behaviour in a circuit can be varied from quasi-linear conductor to fluctuation at audible frequencies, forming the basis for a sound generator that can be influenced by magnetic fields.

Controlling a wild and unpredictable medium with a magnet is a fun way to create sound, and the project so far has focussed on how plasma-generated noise can be used in a practical instrument. A first-generation synthesiser is being developed to give some control over the plasma sound, and how it interacts with other signals introduced into the plasma drive.

We are currently using ordinary fluorescent tubes, which can produce a variety of sound output but will be discontinued in the next year or so. The next phase of the project will be directed towards developing custom tubes for specific audio characteristics. 

Please get in touch to arrange a demonstration, commissions/collaborations are welcomed.

Thanks for visiting!

You can contact us directly here, and track progress by following our facebook, youtube and kickstarter pages.


This article was updated on July 9, 2023