Watch as these 16 floppy drives belt out true electronic music

Shawn Knight

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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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Jeff Re

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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.


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