This guy figured out how to play ‘The Sound of Silence’ with floppy drives

Hello floppy my old friend. 


Audra Schroeder


Published Jun 1, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 5:23 am CDT

Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” is a fairly somber song, but would it sound the same being churned out of noisy floppy drive?

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YouTuber Arganalth found out by orchestrating floppy and hard drives to perform the song, which still sounds fairly somber. According to a previous video, the suitcase setup runs on Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

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This isn’t Arganalth’s first take on “floppy music.” There’s also a recreation of the Back to the Future theme song, which seems appropriate.

Screengrab via Arganalth/YouTube 

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*First Published: Jun 1, 2014, 5:08 pm CDT