This is a video of Pawel Zadrozniak’s ‘Floppotron’ computer hardware orchestra performing the Never Gonna Give You Up using 64 floppy drives, 8 hard drives, 2 scanners, and zero robotic dick flutes.You’ve probably seen videos like this before, but this is the most impressive because of the sheer size of the band. That is a lot of members.
The concept of using computer hardware to create music (and we mean in a very literal sense) isn’t new, but there’s certainly something of a ‘next level’ vibe to Paweł Zadrożniak’s orchestra.
This latest contraption is a full computer hardware orchestra that comprises 64 floppy drives, eight hard disks and two scannersThese components all come together to make sweet music.
The principle is simple. 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.