The Floppy Drive in a Musical Context Essay

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1.1 Mechanism of a “musical” floppy drive
The floppy drive itself is musical in a certain way depending on what people may perceive as musical such as the sound of friction. In my project, the floppy drive makes sounds through pitched notes due to friction between the read-write head and the diskette. It produces notes since the diskette has contact friction with read write head, in revolution. Recall that sine waves can be viewed as the progression of a circle over time, or a revolution. Spinning at higher speeds increases the pitch and also the frequency. The spindle motor spins the floppy drive at a certain speed controlled by the microcontroller. Then, read write head will be positioned on the diskette with a drive motor that will
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1.1 Mechanism of a “musical” floppy drive
The floppy drive itself is musical in a certain way depending on what people may perceive as musical such as the sound of friction. In my project, the floppy drive makes sounds through pitched notes due to friction between the read-write head and the diskette. It produces notes since the diskette has contact friction with read write head, in revolution. Recall that sine waves can be viewed as the progression of a circle over time, or a revolution. Spinning at higher speeds increases the pitch and also the frequency. The spindle motor spins the floppy drive at a certain speed controlled by the microcontroller. Then, read write head will be positioned on the diskette with a drive motor that will propel it up and down on the floppy disk, making a precise pitch that audible for the human ears. For example, when we use a saw or a blender, the audible noise we hear when the machine spins is a certain pitch or sometimes a narrow band noise since there is not an exact pitch associated with it. The timbre of the musical floppy drive is quite unique and also very resonant in terms of vibration. However, due to a lack of slower spin speed, the device is unable to play low pitched notes very well. On the other hand high pitched notes are quite easy to play. Floppy drives are limited to a certain range of notes to be played at the same time, you would require many floppy perform chords unless they have the same notes. Also, the floppy drive does

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