Community Beacons are exciting interactive sculptures that leverage the potentials of music and analog technology to enliven communities with joyous expressions of rhythm and light. The Beacons are drums: essentially user-powered light and sound instruments that light up when played without batteries or external power. When they are played – banged, hit and tapped – the vibrations from the drumhead are converted to electricity by the speaker transducer. Players will discover and experiment with complex energy relationships through the drums’ simple mechanics. During Dlectricity there will be choreographed performances, including the original “Thunderclap” by Paul Cox and his arrangement of “Liftoff” by Russell Peck. After each performance, the drums will be available to the public for interaction and the exploration of human-generated power.