Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Gets Computer Hardware Cover
Is "64 floppy drives, eight hard discs and two scanners" the new "two turntables and a microphone"? It doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but regardless there's no denying that Pawel Zadrozniak is onto something with his hardware orchestra he's dubbed "The Floppotron." Watch above as his "instrument" goes on to recreate one of rock music's biggest songs -- Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Zadrozniak says at his Silent.org website, "How does it work? The principle is simple. Every device with an electric motor is able to generate a sound. Scanners and floppy drives use stepper motors to move the head with sensors which scans the image or performs read/write operations on a magnetic disk. The sound generated by a motor depends on driving speed. The higher the frequency, the greater the pitch."
He goes on to explain that hard discs use a magnet and coil to tilt the head and when voltage is supplied long enough, the head speeds up and hits the bound making a "drum hit" sound. The disc head coil can also be used as a speaker to play tones or music.
Zadrozniak also goes into greater detail about programming the controllers to pull off his computer compositions and you can read more about that here. In the past, he started off by recreating the "Imperial March" from Star Wars and the Hawaii Five-O TV theme, but has now ventured into the world of popular music with Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." As you can hear, it does have a bit of an 8-bit feel to it. We're guessing Kurt Cobain never had this in mind when he constructed the modern classic, but this cover is among the more unique ones we've seen so far.
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