Video: Symphony of 64 floppy disk drives performs one of Queen’s classic hits and it’s quite impressive

By bonneville on November 29, 2018
By Sydney Chapman

It’s a musical blast from the past in more ways than one.

A video of a giant machine called “The Floppotron” playing the classic rock song “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen has gone viral on the internet. According to Alphr, the Floppotron is made up of 64 floppy disk drives, eight hard disks and two scanners. It was invented in 2016 by Polish engineer Paweł Zadrożniak. According to his website, Zadrożniak uses coding to carefully time the noises that come from the obsolete devices so that they end up sounding like popular songs.

Watch the video below:

The history of Floppotron: As reported by Gizmodo, this isn’t the first time the Floppotron has received attention. Zadrożniak first posted his floppy disk drive music back in 2012, but at the time it only consisted of 1-2 drives. Four years later, Zadrożniak decided to expand the project. Many internet users have enjoyed listening to its rendition of hits such as “Thriller,” “Africa” and the “Friends” theme song.

Watch more of the Floppotron melodies on YouTube.

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