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Composer Max Richter's newest work, 24 Postcards in Full Colour, is a series of ringtones.
posted by 1f2frfbf (6 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
I wonder why, if they're intended to be ringtones, they're being distributed on CD. Surely that's not the right environment to hear them? It's weird to explicitly design for one environment and then distribute it in another.

That said, they are kind of cool.
posted by echo target at 7:59 AM on November 18, 2008


The fidelity of a cellphone speaker is not as good as my computer headphones. Is there a way to find out how these pieces will actually sound like played through a cellphone? A lot of them use quite a bit of bass that won't be reproduced well, at least on my phone.
posted by demiurge at 9:04 AM on November 18, 2008


demiurge: most computers have built-in speakers of the most basic sort, so you could try that. Otherwise, you could try taking off the headphones and turning the music up really loudly.

That, or you could get a ringtone encoder (I found a small, free program years ago, when looking for a way to make ringtones for my specific T-Mobile phone) and play that back through your headphones. It'll still sound better than on your phone, but you'll be getting close.

There's a surprisingly long review of this on Discogs.com, as well as an easy to read tracklist with additional credits.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:30 AM on November 18, 2008


I quite like some of these. Too bad they aren't easy to get onto a cellphone.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 12:44 PM on November 18, 2008


Surely that's not the right environment to hear them? It's weird to explicitly design for one environment and then distribute it in another.

For this reason alone, I am sorely tempted to buy the vinyl record, but I see it's out of print and going for $45 on Amazon. Shame.

As far as getting them on a cellphone, I see both Amazon and iTunes are selling them as unencumbered MP3's, so they can be transferred with a minimum of fuss, if you're handy.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 1:05 PM on November 18, 2008


I wonder why, if they're intended to be ringtones, they're being distributed on CD. Surely that's not the right environment to hear them? It's weird to explicitly design for one environment and then distribute it in another.

The eMusic review says that Richter's intention was to actually release them only as ringtones, but his record label and "fans" wouldn't hear of it.
posted by Jaltcoh at 7:22 PM on November 18, 2008


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