German Youth Group Creates Playable Floppy Disk Organ

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Floppy Orgel

After setting out to originally create a small four-drive floppy disk instrument, an ambitious German youth group decided that the task wasn’t impressive enough. There are numerous other floppy drive instruments that have risen to fame online, but none as elaborate as die Toolbox Bodensee e.V.‘s 49 disk organ.

Dubbed the Floppy Orgel (Floppy Organ), this impressive working instrument consists of 49 old floppy disk drives mounted onto a large board with 3D printed parts and connected to a keyboard MIDI controller.

While the organ is already impressive in its current form, the youth group has plans to include LED lights that will light up as notes are played to create a one-of-a-kind dark room show.

Describing the sound wouldn’t do the instrument justice, so check out the club’s video to see a compilation of familiar tunes played on the Floppy Orgel.


Source: Ars Technica 

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