Enter The Floppotron: Floppy Drive Band Plays Metallica Classic Enter Sandman


Hush little baby, don't say a word. And never mind that noise you heard. Unless, of course, it's an array of screaming floppy disk drives cranking out the Metallica classic Enter Sandman.

Everyone is going to have soundtracks that bring forth a deluge of memories from the past. Some might consider the Star Wars theme to be the ultimate for that. For metal fans in the 90s, Enter Sandman is going to be right on up there for many. Heck, it even managed to drive Megadeth's Dave Mustaine to begin Sweating Bullets a year after its release. However, this version of Sandman, may just top that for some of you. 

At HotHardware, we love the creativity behind taking old-school computer equipment and making its internal bits to generate musical bliss in full geekery. In this particular case, it's not just floppy drives that were used, but some hard drives and a scanner or two. The "Floppotron," as its creator calls it, is comprised of 64 floppy drives, 8 hard disks and 2 scanners, to be exact. The result is downright wonderful, of course:

Fortunately, this is one of those times where we don't have to just guess how this all came together; the "Floppotron" creator has laid all the goods on the table (quite literally). Considering just how complex this entire setup is, it'd be a shame if it were used for just one song. It wasn't of course - also featured is Seven Nation Army, Darude's Sandstorm, and of course, the Imperial March from Star Wars.

Want even more? You're in luck, because last fall we published a look at other awesome mechanized creations, including Tainted Love being played on 13 floppy drives and a single hard drive, and Smells Like Teen Spirit played on an assortment of similar drives.

Who would have imagined, way back in the day when floppy drives were standard fare, that this is what the tech community would be using them for? Either way, it's undeniably awesome.

Tags:  music, floppy, retro