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Getting Started with Musical Floppy Drives - Parts Not Included
With enough ingenuity, you can turn just about anything into a musical instrument. A few years ago, some inspired makers did just that using floppy drives. By manipulating the drive’s read-head motor, you can produce different pitches and therefore play music! After doing a bit of research this seemed surprisingly simple, so I thought I would take a crack at it. Basic Principles Making music with floppy drives works because the stepper motor that drives the read-head is so noisy. By moving the read head at different speeds, the motor produces different pitches which are then amplified by the drive…