|Wee! (by forestgum, Jul 18th, 2007)
I've got another favourite ringtone!
|Another one sounds .. /:).. (by kitty, Jul 9th, 2007)
It doesn't fit my feelin' now. So complicated.
|Annotations (by billyoung, Jul 9th, 2007)
It's good. Try it.
|Funny (by nautin, Jul 8th, 2007)
It is so funny! I will use it for my cell phone.
Polyphonic Ringtones - A Useful Babysitting Aid?
By Philip Nicosia
Polyphonic ringtones have turned
cell phones from an ordinary communication tool into a multi functional device
with a variety of purposes-one of which is entertaining bored children.
As a father of an active toddler, I often find myself in situations where my
child is a) about to break something very expensive, b) screaming in a public
place. The most obvious solution, of course, would be to give him a toy to keep
him amused. But as any parent knows, toys do not work when they are supposed to.
They will be flung to the floor (or worse, at the strangers sitting at the next
table). In emergency situations like that, I bring out my phone.
There's something about the polyphonic ringtones that provide a hypnotic,
calming effect on small children. They listen to it, over and over again. My
son's favourite, the end credit theme of Sponge Bob, has been known to keep him
seated in one place for five minutes. For an 18 month old, that's nothing short
of a miracle.
For that reason, I always keep a number of polyphonic tones that my son might
like. The Barney Song-the anthem of all toddlers and their unfortunate
parents-is armed and ready whenever we enter a restaurant. There is also, for
some mysterious reason, Brian McKnight's "One Last Cry." I don't know why he
likes it, or even when he first heard it, but we use it whenever he goes to the
paediatrician and needs to stay still for a shot. (For those who will accuse me
of not raising my child properly by exposing him to cheesy ballads, I defend
myself by saying that he also likes The Beatles and John Coltrane.) Yes, even
the most modern songs have been converted into polyphonic tunes. Of course the
classics are there-my wife's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies" sounds
particularly fairy-like in its polyphonic form. Download whatever you like. Or
whatever your child likes, even if you hate it, because we all know he's the
I have a theory that the reason children like polyphonic tones is that it has
that music box quality: delicate, tinkling rhythms. Though deeper and less
metallic than the blips of music boxes of old, it still sounds equally as
magical to the innocent ears of a child. And, of course, there is the advantage
that polyphonic tunes are now more diverse than the standard music box themes of
Fur Elise, and I do not have to deal with a pink ballerina. (Barney is bad
Who would've thought that a mobile phone could be such a useful babysitting aid,
or that polyphonic ring tones would rank as high as disposable diapers in the
parents' list of modern inventions to be thankful for. While it does have a lot
of uses in the adult world-with everyone in the room carrying a mobile phone,
having a unique ring tone lets you know when it's your call-its greatest
contribution to society is the peace it provides frazzled parents. Yes, music
does have the power to soothe the "savage beasts".