Pawel Zadrozniak combined 64 floppy drives, eight hard disks and two scanners to create the Floppotron. What’s that? An amazing computer hardware orchestra that can rock out like Kurt Cobain.
This orchestra is so incredible that is not only capable of covering Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirt,” but can also play tunes like Darth Vader’s “Imperial March” and Star Wars theme song.
“Every device with an electric motor is able to generate a sound. Scanners and floppy drives use stepper motors to move the head with sensors which scans the image or performs read/write operations on a magnetic disk. The sound generated by a motor depends on driving speed. The higher the frequency, the greater the pitch. Hard disks use a magnet and a coil to tilt the head. When voltage is supplied for long enough, the head speeds up and hits the bound making the ‘drum hit’ sound,” Zadrozniak said.
It may be difficult to understand, but it’s impossible not to enjoy it.