Turning old hardware into musical instruments is a time-honored tradition among nostalgic, tech savvy children of the ‘80s. But few have taken the idea as far as James Willis, whose floppy drive orchestra is so cleverly arranged I wouldn’t be surprised to see people DJing with these soon.
When I was little, I was a huge Sega fanboy. Sure Mario is great and all, but Sonic was where it was at. Looking back, I'm not sure the gameplay holds up that well but you can't deny there were some great tunes. And this is one of them, and even better on floppies.
Can you remember the last time you used a floppy disk? I really don't. I'm assuming it was some time in elementary school bringing a single Word document in a computer class or something. Maybe I'm making that up. Whatever, it doesn't matter. Floppy drives don't matter anymore. Unless they're being used to make music.
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