What do you do when your viola recital gets interrupted by someone in the audience getting a call on their cellphone? Improvise
It's a ring-tone! It's place-based community art!
Well, you don't have to choose any more. In Locally Toned
, artist T. Foley
sources sound in the wild to create hundreds of unique ringtones.
In 1902, Francisco Tárrega
wrote a very nice waltz
. Little did he realize that 91 years later, a few bars in the middle would be plucked from obscurity to become the most-frequently heard tune in the world
And now, the beguilingly irksome Nokia Tune
has begotten its own subgenre of pieces - some silly, some lovely - that take its theme as a starting point. Fugues! Improvisations! Orchestrations! Parodies!
And perhaps my favourite: A whole new waltz. [more inside]
Composer Max Richter's
newest work, 24 Postcards in Full Colour
, is a series of ringtones.
is a library of free mobile phone ringtones made by electronica/alternative musicians. From the subtle
to the mashed
to the downright annoying
NYT story about superhigh frequency ringtones.
A new ringtone at a frequency of 17 Khz is supposedly inaudible to most adults, and so highschoolers and others are using it to sneak text messages in school, etc.
BUT. An mp3 of the tone is included with the story and I can totally hear it, though it hurts my ears. And I am in my 40s. Can others hear it?
The Crazy Frog / Axel F Song
(previously mentioned on the Blue
) is about to make history by being the first ringtone / pop music crossover to successfully invade the British charts. How successful? A little band named Coldplay
also have a new single out; as it stands, Crazy Frog
is outselling their effort by a factor of 4 to 1.
People, this is serious. Prepare for some major league irritation to descend upon us. The success of this single will only spawn a legion of imitators, and that can only lead to the dark side. As Malcolm McLaren
, ex Sex Pistols manager puts it: "Listen to this song and you can hear the death knell of the traditional music industry."
Don't pay for an MP3 ringtone -- or worse, a MIDI file that's been floating around on the net for years. Provide the sound file, and this site will automatically format it to play on your phone, free of charge. If you are a nerd like me, this is your big chance to get some polyphonic video game themes
on your cell phone with a minimum of fuss.
Be advised that your phone must be able to receive text messages and download ringtones to get your free ringtone goodness.