Watch as these 16 floppy drives belt out true electronic music

By Shawn Knight
Aug 21, 2015
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  1. Electronic music and floppy drives seemingly have little in common but try telling that to James Willis. The Cardiff University student recently combined new-age gadgets and software (an iPad, myRIO and LabVIEW) with technology from yesteryear (floppy drives and MIDI) to create what he calls the ultimate electronic band.

    Willis used a total of 16 drives to create the following five-song set list:

    1. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
    2. Imperial March – John Williams (Star Wars)
    3. Super Mario Bros. Theme - Koji Kondo
    4. Get Lucky - Daft Punk
    5. The Final Countdown – Europe

    The idea isn't entirely new but nevertheless, Willis did an excellent job both with the project and his selection of tunes.

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  2. Jeff Re

    Jeff Re TS Member Posts: 18

    I had a program that could play a song on my Commodore 64 5.25" disk drive. I'm sure it was HORRIBLE for the drive so I only tried it once or twice.
  3. Geforcepat

    Geforcepat TS Booster Posts: 141   +15

    Too much time on their hands.
  4. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Addict Posts: 217   +91

    I don't really understand why this was posted. Music on floppy drives is well over three years old :/ Reaching for content?
  5. Duckeenie

    Duckeenie TS Booster Posts: 69   +54

    Tough crowd 'ere.

    Eye of the tiger sounds amazing, I think the other tunes are less convincing though.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,352   +1,945

    Are these people who do these kind of things in the joint? They seem to have a lot of time on their hands.
  7. Namtrooper

    Namtrooper TS Rookie

    It's new for me since I missed the past projects by whoever wherever.
  8. ShallBeNotNamed

    ShallBeNotNamed TS Rookie

    You should search the game of thrones opening song made from floppy drives ... :D

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