Star Wars music played by a floppy drive


Jason @ Hackszine writes

I can’t find any documentation for this, nor can I help posting it. I assume it’s a hardware hack that manually controls the floppy drive’s stepper motor, but it’d make my day if this was done in software using standard I/O requests. Either way, the 3.5 inch FDD finally serves an important function again.

8 thoughts on “Star Wars music played by a floppy drive

  1. maushammer says:

    Wow, cool! I did this on my Apple II back in the day, except that I used the beginning of the Star Wars theme instead of the march. On that computer, the CPU did most of the work, including moving the read/write head… so, it was a total software hack. That was a 5.25″ drive, though, not 3.5″.

  2. RobA says:

    Like maushammer, I remember this done old-school. I recall it on a Commodore 64’s external 5 1/4 in floppy (1541?) disk drive. All software.

    -Rob A>

  3. DJ says:

    I’m immensely excited to find that the old floppy drive does have a purpose!

  4. Ar5E! says:


    Sounds like I’m not as old skool as you. I do remember a couple of demo writers doing something very similar on the C= Amiga. The demos didn’t get played to often, they thrasher the Sh1t out of the mechanisms.


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