From http://www.makezine.com: “HardDisko“, an art project by Valentina Vuksic, controls sixteen hard drives by alternating simple power / timer circuits to conduct a symphony of sorts. Attached to each disk is a sound pickup connected to a mixer so that when the drive starts up, its initialization process is amplified out to the speakers. Maybe the “Disko” name also means that they come with LED backlit floors for getting down.” - Jonah Brucker-Cohen
Defective harddisks are collected from different PC shops, companies and institutions in the exhibition’s local area. As a drive receives power, it conducts an initialization procedure with the heads moving in a specific pattern and generating sounds. These patterns vary according to manufacturers, models, production series, firmware versions and the disk’s history.