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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

People on YouTube are Using Floppy Drives to Cover Famous Songs (Yes, Floppy Drives)

Posted By on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 11:32 AM

click to enlarge Your new floppy drive orchestra.
  • Your new floppy drive orchestra.

We've heard about paper instruments, wearable drum kits, brain music, and lots of other strange, tech-enabled musical concoctions. But here is one we had not imagined: making music with floppy drives. Yes, with the drives' stepper motors as the instruments.

But oh, dear reader, is this a thing. Digital Music News brought it to our attention with an eerily robotic floppy-drive version of Pachelbel's "Canon." As one floppy artist explained, the drives run on custom software that converts MIDI files into data packets and sends them to a processor called an Arduino, which then sends the drives the information they need to make music ... or something at least approaching music:

If you think this all sounds pretty weird, wait 'til you hear floppy drives cover Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know":

Even more appropriately, let's give Daft Punk's "Aerodynamic" the floppy drive treatment:

There are a bunch of people doing this on YouTube, including Sammy1Am, who wrote the code many of the floppy arrangers use. Also check out MrSolidSnake745/a> if you want more weird floppy drive music. We are still trying to get our heads around the fact that this exists.

[Digital Music News]

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-- @iPORT


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