Floppy Drive Songs

Yes, these are the 3.5-inch floppy disk drives computers used to have, but now they can be used to play entire songs, thanks to a special circuit that vibrates a floppy disk head at particular frequencies to make music. In the early 1980s, a number of manufacturers introduced smaller floppy drives and media in various formats. Companies eventually settled on a 3.5-inch floppy disk, similar to a Sony design, but improved to support both single-sided and double-sided media, with formatted capacities generally of 360 KB and 720 KB respectively. All 3.5-inch disks have a rectangular hole in one corner which, if obstructed, write-enabled the disk. The HD 1.44 MB disks have a second, unobstructed hole in the opposite corner which identifies them as being of that capacity. Continue reading for more.

7. DuckTales Theme

DuckTales is based on Uncle Scrooge and other Duck universe comic books, created by Carl Barks. The viewer follows the adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his three grandnephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Important secondary characters, that often take part in the adventures, include Donald Duck, Scrooge’s pilot Launchpad McQuack and butler Duckworth, the inventor Gyro Gearloose, and the nanny Mrs. Beakley and her granddaughter Webby.

6. Daft Punk Doing it Right

Daft Punk reached significant popularity in the late 1990s house movement in France and met with continued success in the years following, combining elements of house with synthpop. The duo’s songs are considered essential in the French house scene. The group is known for emphasising using visual and story components associated with their musical productions, and for using disguises while in public and/or performing; specifically ornate helmets and gloves to assume robot personas in most of their public appearances since 2001.

5. Monkey Island Theme

The Monkey Island series is known for its humor and “player-friendly” qualities. The player cannot permanently place the game in an unwinnable state or cause Guybrush to die without great effort. This “player-friendly” approach was unusual at the time of the first game’s release in 1990; prominent adventure-game rivals included Sierra On-Line and Infocom, both of which were known for games with sudden and frequent character deaths or “lock-outs”.

4. Canon in D

Pachelbel’s Canon in D is the name commonly given to a canon by the German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel in his Canon and Gigue for 3 violins and basso continuo. It is his most famous composition, originally scored for three violins and basso continuo and paired with a gigue. Like most other works by Pachelbel and other pre-1700 composers, the Canon remained forgotten for centuries and was rediscovered only in the 20th century.

3. Pharrell Williams Happy

“Happy” is a midtempo soul song on which Pharrell Williams’ falsetto voice has been compared to Curtis Mayfield by critics. The song has been highly successful, peaking at number one in the United States. The song on YouTube received almost 500 million views, enough to be the 29th most viewed YouTube video of all time.

2. Darude Sandstorm

Darude first started making “happy hardcore” music with a music tracker program on his computer, playing gigs as “Rudeboy”. Darude had been uploading various pieces of his techno experimentation on the website mp3.com, where he was building a following, and he also uploaded the full-length demo of “Sandstorm”. This exposure was responsible for worldwide interest in “Sandstorm”.

1. Star Wars Imperial March

“The Imperial March” is first heard in The Empire Strikes Back in low piccolos as the Galactic Empire sends probe droids across the galaxy in search of Luke Skywalker. Its major opening occurs as Star Destroyers amass and Darth Vader is first presented in the film, 18 minutes into the movie. The theme and related motifs are also incorporated into tracks such as “The Battle of Hoth” and “The Asteroid Field”. Return of the Jedi makes similar use of the theme, though its final statement is significantly different, making quiet use of a harp as a redeemed Anakin Skywalker dies in his son’s arms.

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