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Endangered Hardware Petting Zoo

(2013) For 8 Floppy Disk Drives - 2'30'

Glasgow Floppies

Using a bit of technological magic, floppy disk drives (“wait, do they even make those anymore?”) can be made to play music from MIDI files. Although there are plenty of examples of this online, this was previously limited to film soundtracks and the music from Tetris; nowhere could I find anything being written specifically for them. .

Thus, I see this installation as a research project, exploring the eight drives as instruments. It features new works by the RCS composition department, which play continuously.

- Alexander Horowitz (2013)