Friends, just a couple of weeks ago the Floppotron uploaded a brand new video. While in the past the Floppotron has covered the likes of the Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams as well as even Daft Punk’s Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. This go around it performs Toto’s Africa!
What is the Floppotron you might ask? Well, it just happens to be 8 hard disks, with 64 floppy drives, and 2 scanners. Of course all of that working together happens to create beautiful music from every genre. TV and movie themes, video game music, and popular 80s songs can be performed by the Floppotron.
Yeah, Vic…we know what it is made up of but how does the Floppotron play music?!
That is a good question. Honestly the easiest way to describe it is, just head over to Silent.Org and let Pawel Zadrozniak explain it, as he is the creator of it. In a nutshell however using an application that Pawel wrote in Python 2.7 – the devices are triggered, with speed determining the pitch of the device, like the hard disks.
Pawel states on his site that he uses the columns of floppy drives, in fact in stacks of eight. To simulate everything from a piano as well as string instruments. While I will certainly admit that some of the mechanics go over my head. At the very least I do know I highly enjoy the music it plays.
Now how about you enjoy the Floppotron playing Queen’s The Show Must Go On!
We have to give a huge thank you to Travis Falligant for the heads up on this excellent video! Travis is not just a friend of The Retroist and myself but has constantly shown his love of pop culture. The talented artist has given us Friday the 13th coloring pages as well as the mash-up of The NeverEnding Story and The Breakfast Club!