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Buzzing disk drives recreate Darude’s ‘Sandstorm’
MrSolidSnake745 has created more than 80 videos and amassed more than 14 million views.
When a piece of hardware goes obsolete, you can trash it, or you can find a creative new use for it. That’s what YouTuber MrSolidSnake745 has done with his excess floppy disk drives. They now orchestrate a symphony of cover songs that have amassed 14 million views overall.
For those unfamiliar, a floppy disk drive is a now antiquated device that read a flexible magnetic data storage disk, causing a grinding and humming sound familiar to early computer users. MrSolidSnake745 puts these devices to good use in his masterful musical numbers, the most recent of which is Darude’s “Sandstorm.”
As pointed out in the bio, this video does have some added strings and drum beats to complete it, but otherwise all the sounds you can hear are created by running floppy disk drives. MrSolidSnake has more than 80 tunes he’s created since 2012, ranging from the Zelda theme to Skrillex compositions.
Our only complaint? The videos lack some production value. There’s only so long you can stare at drives whirling from various angles.
A former YouTube reporter for the Daily Dot, Rae Votta has more than a decade of experience in the digital and entertainment industries. Her work has appeared on AOL, Huffington Post, Out Magazine, Logo, VH1, Current TV, Billboard, and NYMag. She joined Netflix in 2016.