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I must admit, as much as I enjoyed this, a small part of me thought I needed to wake up or I was late to something when I'd hear the isolated Marimba sound in the mix.
posted by mathowie at 7:48 PM on April 11, 2013 [12 favorites]


That was lovely.
posted by ook at 7:54 PM on April 11, 2013


The best part about this is how much fun she's having.
posted by flyingsquirrel at 8:03 PM on April 11, 2013 [9 favorites]


ENOUGH, I am fucking UP, I =promise= the hell out all that is holy I'm not going back to sleep, and I can't remember which GODDAMN ROOM the iPad is charging in, and my wife is stirring and cursing my name and WHERE THE HELL DID I LEAVE MY iPAD, does it not recognize it is the Friday after Free Drink Thursday???? No, I told it not to... I AM UP MOTHERFUCKER, shuddup please before the kid hears... waaaaaaaAAAAAAHHHHHHHGOTTAGOPAWDDY!

Oh, fuck you. I hate all wood percussion instruments forever!

Yawn.

Hey, I'm on time for work once in my life....
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:04 PM on April 11, 2013 [5 favorites]


Nice find. The pinball ring is fun, too. I think Apple must have licensed it, because I heard it in the background of an episode of Dr. Katz, when he's in the bar with his friend and the bartender. That's the only other context in which I've heard iPhone ringtones. I wonder if Apple picked the marimba loop from a library or if they had sound engineers sit in a recording booth with various instruments.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:05 PM on April 11, 2013


Owning an iPhone, I've heard that way too many times for it to be remotely enjoyable.
posted by Vhanudux at 8:06 PM on April 11, 2013 [7 favorites]


Reminds me of Welcome to Windows—a piano composition based on that wretched start-up noise—which I rocked out to (or whatever) back in the day.
posted by firstbest at 8:09 PM on April 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


The horror of the marimba sound has led me to the realization that I can wake up instead to Sigur Ros' song Glosoli. So thanks!
posted by seemoreglass at 8:11 PM on April 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


Lovely
posted by Flashman at 8:11 PM on April 11, 2013


Are they musicians or foley artists?
posted by mazola at 8:12 PM on April 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


I must admit, as much as I enjoyed this, a small part of me thought I needed to wake up or I was late to something when I'd hear the isolated Marimba sound in the mix.

Oh my god yes. I used to have an old plugin alarm that sounded like this that I used all through university. I'll sometimes hear that evil klaxon in commercials or movies, and my heart starts racing. The iPhone is my alarm clock now, and while Marimba's definitely more pleasant, anything that yanks me from blissful slumber every goddamned morning is going to get some harsh operatively conditioned associations.

So with that in mind, I found this very nice once they started looping stuff over that hateful little sound.
posted by figurant at 8:14 PM on April 11, 2013


That was much more fun and cool than I was expecting.

I don't have the marimba sound set as an alarm for anything, so I have no oh-god-I-am-late auto-response to it. Whew.
posted by rtha at 8:20 PM on April 11, 2013


And this is why my alarm is set to this and my ringtone is set to this, because there is nothing like being both literal and perverse.

Death to marimbas! Glockenspiels rule-ah!
posted by maudlin at 8:21 PM on April 11, 2013 [6 favorites]


And this is why my alarm is set to this

That was awesome.

My wakeup alarm is bird calls. It's a nice way to wake up. Except that I discovered the other night, when a mateless but territorial mockingbird started singing at 2:51 a.m. that I am now conditioned to wake up when a bird is singing. (He sang for hours and hours, but hasn't been back, at least not at night. Either he found a mate or got eaten. Don't care which.)
posted by rtha at 8:28 PM on April 11, 2013 [6 favorites]


Owning an iPhone, I've heard that way too many times for it to be remotely enjoyable.

Well look who receives phone calls

out of the blue

just like that
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 8:33 PM on April 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


Don't have an iAnything (although I might have hands on an iPad soon as a neighbor/friendish type person wants me to figure out sideloading options for them), but the best part was the huge grin on the girl through it. It launched a sympathetic smirk.
posted by Samizdata at 8:36 PM on April 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


It's my ringer, so my whole upper body went tense whenever the Marimba part was playing.

My alarm, meanwhile, is set to this song as a reminder to live every day like it's Lilith Fair.
posted by wreckingball at 8:38 PM on April 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


That was a delight.
posted by Sokka shot first at 8:41 PM on April 11, 2013


One time I dined at a seafood restaurant where the wind was blowing, and so did cause the rigging of a sailboat to whip continually against its mast, which occasionally sounded at a random pace the faint notes of the marimba ringtone, which did elapse for the duration of the meal.

The madness.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 8:44 PM on April 11, 2013


That was the best break *ever*.

This was awesome, in a happy sort of edgy Pomplamoose way. I approve.
posted by eriko at 8:46 PM on April 11, 2013


We, the electronically-enhanced music loving public, owe a tremendous debt to the engineers at Roland Corporation.
posted by demiurge at 8:49 PM on April 11, 2013 [4 favorites]


Do not hit Snooze.
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:50 PM on April 11, 2013


I use the Marimba sound for exactly NO alerts on my iPhone, I got rid of it years ago. It is too easy to react to someone else's phone. Even though I don't use it on my phone, I still get a jolt and mentally search for my iPhone whenever I hear it on someone else's iPhone.

I used to have a ringtone called "Old Phone" (not the one supplied on the iPhone) but it was too confusing since it was an SFX sample used on TV. I would always hear the SFX on a show and think my phone was ringing. One day I was watching TV and I heard my phone ring. I answered the call, heard the guy on the other end of the line, and the ringtone kept going. Turns out my phone was on silent, and the ring was an SFX on the TV. It was a coincidence. Old Phone had to go, it was too confusing.

The problem was that on the original iPhone (which I only replaced with a new iPhone 5 last month) had a weak speaker and it was hard to find a good, loud ringtone that would grab my attention. I finally found one. It's a remix of the old AT&T Merlin ringtone. I used to have a Merlin phone on my office desk, I used to hear that ringtone all day long. One day my iPhone rang and after the call, someone asked me where the hell I got that ringtone. Turns out it was the ringtone on the TV show 24. I never saw it, I had no idea.

But getting back to Marimba. I work in an underground bunker where I can't get a cell phone signal on AT&T but some people can get Verizon. It's a secure site, you're not supposed to have any cell phone with a camera, so technically iPhones are forbidden. But they tend to look the other way, as long as you keep the ringer off, don't answer any calls EVER, don't ever make calls, and use their WiFi for email discreetly. So there is one woman in the office that leaves her phone on, and answers calls. The sound of Marimba in the quiet office just shatters my concentration. Then she answers the call and starts yakking, which is a huge distraction and supposedly a firing offense. She's going to make us all lose our phones if she doesn't STFU. I finally figured out what she was doing with all that phoning and constant texting: she was a bookie, taking bets on the NCAA tourney.
posted by charlie don't surf at 8:55 PM on April 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


Apple commercial in 5...4...3...2...
posted by R. Schlock at 9:15 PM on April 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


I just noticed.. why does she put on a glove before she sings into the glass?
posted by charlie don't surf at 9:23 PM on April 11, 2013


1)Leather gloves are sexy.

2) She BREAKS a GLASS with that hand.

3) This makes 1 true by way of 2.
posted by Slap*Happy at 9:26 PM on April 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


and my ringtone is set to this

The funny part is that YouTube video is not playable on mobile devices.
posted by birdherder at 9:42 PM on April 11, 2013


When I had to be on call for a week at a time, I had to set my ringtone to something loud enough to wake me and something I didn't like.

I chose the Dr Phil theme
posted by hellojed at 9:44 PM on April 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


It plays fine on my phone.
posted by rtha at 10:04 PM on April 11, 2013


I wish I was talented in any sort of way.
posted by johnpowell at 10:35 PM on April 11, 2013


Anybody done an extended groove based on the Windows 98SE "bells of hell" porn soundtrack?
posted by flabdablet at 10:57 PM on April 11, 2013


The horror of the marimba sound has led me to the realization that I can wake up instead to Sigur Ros' song Glosoli. So thanks!

Your morning routine must be one helluva lot more epic than mine is.
posted by brennen at 11:00 PM on April 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


which penguin cafe orchestra song is this! i'm sure it's one of them but i can't remember the title.
posted by mexican at 11:03 PM on April 11, 2013


Penguin Cafe Orchestra songs are perfect as ringtones. I use from about 0:15 til 0:45 of In the Back of a Taxi.
posted by oulipian at 11:14 PM on April 11, 2013


It's a remix of the old AT&T Merlin ringtone. yt I used to have a Merlin phone on my office desk, I used to hear that ringtone all day long.

Yeah, I agree that's a remix, a clever imitation, but not actually one of the official eight Merlin ringtones. So at least Brian Grazer didn't owe AT&T royalties.

I used to work in my dad's office in an old masonry building with office phones that echoed like crazy, and while I don't believe we used them all, it was amusing to note everyone adapting to recognize their own, even if it was heard all the way up or down stairs.
posted by dhartung at 11:17 PM on April 11, 2013


The Penguin Cafe Orchestra track it made me think of is Telephone And Rubber Band, which is most certainly this track's spiritual ancestor. It came about when the UK telephone system went a bit wonky during a conversation PCO instigator Simon Jeffes was having on the phone and delivered the ring tone plus the engaged tone simultaneously. He recorded that on his answering machine, and off they all went...
posted by Devonian at 12:00 AM on April 12, 2013


That was Matmost interesting.
posted by orme at 4:05 AM on April 12, 2013


Courtesy of Fred Frith et al I was reconciled to the sound of my old alarm clock by this.
posted by Kinbote at 4:11 AM on April 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


I used to think there was never an appropriate time to wear a bowtie.

I stand corrected.
posted by odinsdream at 6:24 AM on April 12, 2013


Thanks dhartung, it never occurred to me to use the actual Merlin ringtones, I didn't think there were good recordings out there. I didn't know there was more than one Merlin ringtone, nobody ever showed us how to change it. We had enough trouble running the basic features.

For a long time, I used ringtones based on Japanese train station announcements. If you ever lived in Japan and commuted by train or subway, you probably have a few of these burned into your brain. Here are a few I used on my phone:

Train Tune 1
Train Tune 2
Train Tune 3

Hmm.. for some reason Dropbox won't put those up in a player for me. Well check them out anyway.

I was surprised when I found out there was a whole culture of train tone fans in Japan. It's like an audio version of train spotting. For example, here's an example page of someone who has an extensive collection of recordings of tones and announcements. It's all in Japanese but almost any link you click will play an mp3.

It was surprisingly hard to find websites with original recordings. Search results were overwhelmed with vendors pushing ringtones for sale. I was surprised because this was a pretty obscure hobby back when I discovered the train tone otaku around 2006. I should probably collect some good sites out of the noise, and do an FPP.
posted by charlie don't surf at 6:46 AM on April 12, 2013


charlie don't surf:

That's awesome about the train announcements! I had a similar experience at a Nissan manufacturing plant. Instead of buzzers or alarms to signal various mechanical processes they had a bunch of delightful little tunes. It was a surreal experience to walk through the plant.
posted by odinsdream at 6:56 AM on April 12, 2013


Damn who knew Klay Thompson was so musically talented?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:14 AM on April 12, 2013


Owning an iPhone, I've heard that way too many times for it to be remotely enjoyable.

As the partner of an iPhone owner, I have heard that way too many times from an iPhone that is just a bit too far out of reach on the opposite bedside table for it to be remotely enjoyable.

The horror of the marimba sound has led me to the realization that I can wake up instead to Sigur Ros' song Glosoli. So thanks!

Beware: Any music you repeatedly use as a morning alarm will become inextricably associated in your brain with the horror of having to wake up and get out of bed, and eventually you will hate and resent the music in the same way you do marimba.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 8:24 AM on April 12, 2013


Fortunately (i.e. "by blind luck") I've managed to avoid the favorite-music-as-wakeup-alarm trap. However, I didn't avoid the favorite-music-as-phone-ringtone trap, and now whenever John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" comes on I have to suppress the immediate urge to grab my phone and answer it.
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:53 AM on April 12, 2013


Most people don't know that that sound was actually created as part of the Emergency Broadcast System...it is intended to signify that "Soylent Green is back in stock"
posted by sexyrobot at 9:13 AM on April 12, 2013


I enjoyed this... downloaded the file and made this my ringtone.
posted by Debaser626 at 9:42 AM on April 12, 2013


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