my hard drive plays a variation on that theme every third time i boot up. it doesn’t play the same melody per say, but somehow it instills the same sense of dread as the original.
Another awesome thing you can do with an audio signal is hook it up to a speaker. It sounds fantastic!
Someone mentioned it on the 2nd page of comments of the Gizmodo article, but here is the ‘original': http://www.afrotechmods.com/cheap/hdspeakers/hdspeakers.htm
At least, it was the first time I saw anything like it.
my hard drive speakers sound a hell of a lot better than that. sounds like he needs a bigger amp and a cleaner source. also, quit holding the speaker wires onto the arm, just solder them on so the arm can float freely. n00b.
My external just failed, and the only tune it plays now is tick-tick, tick-tick, tick-tick….
You can do this with anything with a motor in it. I’m not sure why all the examples limit themselves to harddrives. If a device is battery powered and has a motor you can hook your speaker wires where the battery usually goes and get sound out of it.
The Afrotech ones are much better.
Does anyone remember a program for the Commodore-64 that would play Bicycle Built For Two on the floppy drive?
Why do you even need a motor? If I’m understanding correctly that there’s no read or seek functions happening at all, and you’re simply using the surface of the drive as a resonator, you could use just about anything that would vibrate, motor or not. Perhaps I’m confused as to why this is so cool.
#6, Yep. 1541 Music Machine.
Remarkably silly program. Yet, geekily satisfying.
I tried this using a 500w pa amp. The drive seemed to sound its best just before the coil sprung a leak and let all the compressed smoke escape.
That was one in a million…
I didn’t think there was a wrong way to play Star Wars music on a hardrive motor. Leave it to Boing Boing readers to prove me wrong.
You know the little tune the whirring motors in some ATM’s make?
I want them to play this.
Has he just hooked up the arm driver coil to an audio source, or is this actually programmed seeks?
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