This is a magnetic Optigan, essentially.
An Optigan is a musical organ which played optical disc with lots of concentric optical audio tracks. The player has a bunch of optical pickups which then convert the light into audio, much like the audio track on movie film. All of the audio tracks are turned off and on via a keyboard and set of buttons.
This follows similarly, but has one pickup, and a magnetic disc.
- The floppy contains N concentric tracks, only one is playable at any one time, due to positioning of the read/write head
- The drive head is connected directly to the audio amplifier circuit of a standard cassette player.
- The control drive is stepped at a constant speed.
- the head is moved either via computer control, or by physically dragging the head arm across the platter manually.
- The N tracks each contain different audio data.
- the first version could just play the data existant on the floppy itself. Perhaps we can write different data to it via computer to see how each different track of data sounds.
- Can stepping the drive in different ways produce different audio effects?
- Is the bandwidth of the floppy head capable of storing "data" in the audio range?
- Is the magnetic media itself capable of storing "data" in that bandwidth?
- Is the audio range different between DS/DD, SS/DD, HD floppies?
- Is the audio range different between 3.5", 5.25", 8" disks?
- Are 8" drives even available in any form? ;)
If the floppy data head is incapable of storing information in the audio bandwidth, we can replace it with a standard audio cassette head.