Haunted Floppy Drives Play Entire Ghostbusters Theme

| 24 Aug 2012 10:53

This chorus of retired computer drives proves that floppy disks aren't quite dead.

So, I'm not going to cloud the issue here. To the right is a video of some floppy drives reprogrammed to kick out a whopping 3:56 rendition of the entire Ghostbusters theme song. I'll give you a moment to crank up your speakers and pine for the days of 3.5-inch magnetic storage.

I'd rather believe that this little metallic concert was the product of eight non-repeating phantasms or class-5 free roaming vapors (some real nasty ones, too) haunting someone's oddball collection of outdated data drives, but sadly, our old friends software and science were to blame once again. Sigh.

Video uploader MrSolidSnake745 (who will henceforth be referred to as "The Gatekeeper") built his rig around open-source software created by fellow YouTube user Sammy1Am (who will henceforth be referred to as "The Keymaster"). The Keymaster's program allows users to covert MIDI files in specialized data packets, which The Gatekeeper then transmits to the disk drives via something called an Arduino board. The result is a small army of outdated machines programmed to chirp out a pop-culture swansong at their owner's spontaneous behest.

The classic theme is, admittedly, a pretty catchy tune, so just in case you were planning on singing along, I've helpfully included some of the lyrics below:

Doo do dodado doo do doo do, doo do dodado doo do doo do.
Wahda dah da dah da. Whadadadadada. Wahda dah da dah da. Whadadadadada.

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