Floppy Chorus
January 6, 2012 3:59 PM   Subscribe

Moppy is a M_usical Fl_oppy controller program built for the Ardiuno UNO. (Github link.) Who dares argue the haunting refrain of the Imperial March fails to haunt ever more still when played back by floppy drive read-heads? Perhaps you'd enjoy Jonathan Coulton's Still Alive in the original 3.5", or Daft Punk's Tron anthem Derezzed? And though the season has lapsed, you can always cue up Carol of the Bells, primed and ready for December 2012.
posted by disillusioned (10 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Aha, previously.
posted by disillusioned at 4:03 PM on January 6, 2012 [1 favorite]

The Derezzed one isn't as good as I was hoping, but I can't help thinking that's how it was meant to be played.
posted by zompus at 4:06 PM on January 6, 2012 [1 favorite]

Yeah, I had the same thought, Zompus. It gets better towards the middle. Derezzed is a glitchy song anyway.

The previously link had a link to this explanation of one man's attempt at something similar, though not Ardiuno-controlled.
posted by disillusioned at 4:08 PM on January 6, 2012

Not ready reading drive A
Abort, Retry, Sing a song about it?

posted by schmod at 4:16 PM on January 6, 2012 [7 favorites]

So sing a song == fail?

I guess that explains the whole "starving artist" thing.
posted by localroger at 4:20 PM on January 6, 2012

Failure Is Never An Option.
posted by schmod at 4:21 PM on January 6, 2012 [1 favorite]

I like this one better than most of this genre.
posted by flabdablet at 5:05 PM on January 6, 2012 [4 favorites]

Needs more pony.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 6:39 PM on January 6, 2012

Yeah, I don't know how, but Bach somehow had floppy drives in mind when he wrote Toccata & Fugue. I think that ones so good because the programmer took the timbres of the drives into account assigning parts. Also because it's not a terrible imitation of a pipe organ. Also because it's very ghost-in-the-machine-y. Thanks flabdablet!
posted by supercres at 6:27 AM on January 7, 2012

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