Floppy Drives Play the Imperial March [Video]

By Jason Fitzpatrick on October 4th, 2011

Star Wars fan or not, the Imperial March is an instantly recognizable tune for millions of people. In this extremely geeky video two 3.5″ floppy drives work in tandem to play it.

It’s worth noting that the drives aren’t hooked up to a speaker that is playing the music. The external gear you see attached to the floppy drives in the video is there to force the drives to generate specific frequencies from their read/write heads playing over the disks. You can read about the technical aspects of the build at the link below.

Evil Floppy Drives [via Boing Boing]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/4/11
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