The internet is a wonderful and weird place. Without it, we wouldn’t have such things like Epic Meal Time, Pokémon Go, and this incredible — and incredibly nerdy — cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Pawel Zadrozniak.
Computer expert and self-proclaimed nerd, Zadrozniak used 64 floppy drives, eight hard disks, and two scanners to create The Floppotron. He programmed it to cover Nirvana’s hit single and called his version “Smells Like Nerd Spirit”.
Zadrozniak explains how The Floppotron works:
“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. Hard disks use a magnet and a coil to tilt the head. When voltage is supplied for long enough, the head speeds up and hits the bound making the ‘drum hit’ sound.”