In a word: The Floppotron 3.0 includes 512 floppy drives, 16 traditional hard drives and four flatbed scanners. It uses new firmware that was written from the ground up and is tied in with a bunch of cables, controllers, fuses, 3D printed components, and two huge emergency stop buttons.
Polish engineer Paweł Zadrożniak has been making music with mechanical computer components for over a decade. One of his earliest videos involved using a few floppy disk drives to play The Imperial March from Star Wars. The clip was released in 2011 and has amassed over 6.7 million views to date.
Zadrożniak’s latest creation, the Floppotron 3.0, pushes the PC hardware orchestra to new heights.
On average, the rig draws around 300 watts but can peak at around 1,200 watts with everything humming at the same time.
Previous versions of the Flooppotron have been used to cover a variety of songs, including Learn to Fly by The Foo Fighters, At Doom’s Gate (E1M1’s soundtrack to Doom), Blur’s Song 2, Linkin Park’s Numb, and tunes from various games Maria.
All the technical details are available on Zadrożniak’s blog if you want to know more.
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