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Reg Hardware Retro Week Logo Most techies would struggle to find a use for old floppy drives, instead either throwing them out or leaving them to gather dust in the attack. If you had enough time on your hands, though, you could always piece several together and program them to play... music. Built for display at Purdue …

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Hmmm . . .

They should have exploded (in slo-mo) at the end.

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Re: Hmmm . . .

Nah, you're thinking of the follow-up which plays the Mission Impossible theme...

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Brilliant

Ahhh, the grind of floppy disc drives. I miss the sound for some reason...

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Hmm. Not Sammy1Am? Looks the same setup he uses. Or used to use, before going for a more conical layout.

I still can't get the software to do that to work :(

Floppy music is awesome, and the phantom of the floppera or whatever it's called on youtube is awesome.

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made we want to play Goldeneye on the N64

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"...leaving them to gather dust in the attack."

Is this a slow motion attack on the human race?

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That's Nothing

http://vimeo.com/1109226

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Yep, I completely agree - James Houston has definitely topped the floppy drives!

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Pretty neat

Looks like they have to work on the treble though.

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Just think - in 30 years when we all have been using USB flash disks and SSD's, the kids won't be able to do anything like this with our old junk hardware. Hell, they won't even be able to play with CRT's, or hard disk magnets, or RAM/ROM that you can bit-bang, or even mice you could steal the balls out of.

Maybe that's a GOOD thing. I'm not sure how many hours were wasted trying to do this (not that I haven't wasted a thousandfold as many hours myself on similarly worthless jaunts) but I'd have expected something better.

Strangely, if you'd managed to read some data back based on the sound of the floppy under normal access, I'd be more impressed (e.g. side-channel attacks like the smartphone "I know what button you pressed by what the acceleration sensor read" attack).

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Sounds like a challenge

I wonder if my "mouse organ" is still in the shed?

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My favourite (so far) is still "What is Love" from A Night at the Roxbury

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk_XaJ7gE4Q

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old vs new tech

I can play John Cage's "Four minutes, thirty-three seconds" on a USB drive

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Shame DAT drives weren't a bit noisier. 'this tape will self-destruct'

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people have been doing that for a while.

Daft Punk's Derezzed on floppy drives.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1plg_yYsCQM

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Epic

Nothing more need be said.

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This stunt was quite common on Commodore 1541 disc drives...

...since they had their own microprocessor, memory and operating system - and could be happily programmed via the IEC bus and left to play their tune with the drive heads, completely independent of the host computer.

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Re: This stunt was quite common on Commodore 1541 disc drives...

True - back in the day I remember someone getting their 1541 to play "Daisy Daisy" - thoroughly buggered the alignment of the read/write heads, though ;-)

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Re: This stunt was quite common on Commodore 1541 disc drives...

Yep, I heard one playing Amazing Grace many years ago.

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Ode to Joy

Has anyone tried this on their HP Scanjet by selecting SCSI ID 0, then hold down the green 'scan' button on the front whilst powering on the scanner. Its pretty easy to do requiring no tech knowlege at all just remember to set your SCSI ID back:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKeXOa2sYSw

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Sometimes it's Für Elise

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj7-Bev6HuY

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Scanjet Plus came with instructions (and API IIRC) to program the tunes yourself - dead cute

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Used to be able to do this on the Amiga

By stepping back past track 0 the head would "ping" against the end stop. Do that at the correct rate to generate a note, and you could get quite a wide range of music. Tended to trash the drives if done too much though, so people would only demo it once or twice. The progarm was called something like "drive music" I think.

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Gets a bit iffy at the end

It seems to get a bit iffy there at the end of the video.

They need to get some 8 inch drives, some 3.5 inch drives, and maybe an old dot matrix printer, so they can get a better range.

Maybe even an old daisy wheel, or better still, an old band printer.

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The Bells of St Mary (@ac 13:52)

The Bells of Saint Mary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9nGyPz9uT0

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Flying robot quadrotors

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sUeGC-8dyk

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I've been meaning to do something like this with servo motors for a while now. Three part harmonies on a motion platform.

IIRC, the Renault F1 team programmed their engine to play 'we are the champions'. And I mean *engine*. This was back before the ECU and general F1 creativity ban had accelerated - at that point the engines would go to 20,000+ RPM, and with essentially no flywheels they could switch between RPMs almost instantly. Nutty stuff - a 900hp music box, and probably a $50,000 performance...

No youtube link as I'm writing from my playbook and am too tired to slog through that sort of thing.

(...and a hearty 'fuck you' to the FIA, for emasculating F1 so much that in a few years the engines will barely be turning over faster than a carbeuretted pushrod V8 with a cast iron block does now in NASCAR...)

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Happy

CPE Bach

Wonderful! The daftest thing I've seen or heard in a very long time.

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