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The nerd quotient of Silent’s project is nearly off the charts.

The sound created by movement of the head, which is moved in steps with sufficient frequency. Interface description can be found, for example HERE. Simply activate the station by providing a low-to DRVSB0 or 1 (depending on whether we have the tape from the cross and to which the plug is connected to the station) and choose the direction of head movement (low high on DIR) and the trailing edge of the head movement will cause STEP one step. ATMega microcontroller controls the whole.

(Google translated from Polish) [Via Hacked Gadgets]

John Baichtal

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


  • Ben Edwards

    That. Is awesome

  • http://twitter.com/SquittersTweet Archibald Tuttle

    Ha, ha, Floppy drive! Ha, ha, didn’t know they still exist!!

  • http://twitter.com/xaoc25 xaoc25

    Имперский марш, сыгранный флоппи-дисководами ))

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leo-Lesniewicz/100000751118152 Leo Lesniewicz

    This brings to mind a program on the Apple][ back around 1980 or so called Little Tan Box, which was named for the Apple disk drive enclosure.  It didn’t produce music though.  It told the brief story of a sexual encounter using displayed lines of text on screen synchronized with a combination of timed head seeks and a chattering head reinitialization for the climax.

  • http://twitter.com/ahremsee Rob M Clarke

    Great hack. Reminds me of the one that was make to the Commodore 1541 floppy disk about 20yrs ago to play Daisy-Daisy.

  • http://twitter.com/ahremsee Rob M Clarke

    Great hack. Reminds me of the one that was make to the Commodore 1541 floppy disk about 20yrs ago to play Daisy-Daisy.

  • http://twitter.com/ahremsee Rob M Clarke

    Great hack. Reminds me of the one that was make to the Commodore 1541 floppy disk about 20yrs ago to play Daisy-Daisy.

  • http://twitter.com/mike_bb mike_bb

    Yes Thats fun!

  • Anonymous

    its hounrable

  • Daniel Kim

    Oh GAWD! I just about died laughing!

  • Anonymous

    Probably the best use for them, nowadays.  Well done!

  • Anonymous

    Probably the best use for them, nowadays.  Well done!

  • Anonymous

    New ringtone?

  • http://twitter.com/naijabounce naijabounce

    Inperial March by floppy …….#Geeky

  • http://twitter.com/haabe haabe

    I remember a demo for the Comodore 64 floppy disk drive doing the same. Not playing Imperial March, but another tune. Anyone else recall that?

  • Anonymous

    That man has a place reserved in Geek Heaven, or is it Niebo?

  • Anonymous

    This is incredibly geeky and wonderful.  My cat approves.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah C64 Could do something similar without extra hardware, just software.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fearn Andrew Fearn

    This is seriously one of the best things ever.  I think it only appropriate that you recolor the faceplates black.

  • Anonymous

    GOD-LIKE!!!! SI-SI-SI-SICK!!!