|Laughing In Hell (by billyoung, Jul 13th, 2007)
I must save it to my cellphone.
|Special (by nautin, Jul 10th, 2007)
He has an impressive laugh.
|Hoh? (by kitty, Jul 9th, 2007)
I can laugh in hell with this ringtone.
|Feel frightening! (by forestgum, Jun 28th, 2007)
This seems frightening to me, I won't transmit to my cell.
Hear them ring
BY SARAH NEWELL
When a cell phone rings to the
tune of “Here Comes the Bride,” Lenoir-Rhyne College Professor Chris Nigrelli
can’t help but smile.
Nigrelli is the trombonist for the Charlotte Chamber Brass. He and the group’s
other members, musicians who play the French horn, tuba and trumpets, recorded
10 wedding-themed songs to be used as ringtones for AT&T. Nigrelli said the
group was approached by someone who packages ringtones for AT&T after he scouted
the group’s Web site and liked the sound bytes he heard.
“Earlier this year, we were broached about the ringtones,” he said, adding that
the group corresponded with a consolidator who sold the ringtones to AT&T
through e-mail. “They said they were very happy with the sound clips and our
performance, and said they’d make great ringtones. I thought people picking up
their phones and hearing us was a pretty entertaining idea. We’re usually
involved on the classical side of the spectrum. This gives us a chance for
something a little different.”
Nigrelli said Charlotte Chamber Brass was asked to keep their songs to about 45
seconds for the ringtones. Because one of the group members has a recording
studio, they recorded the ringtones and posted them online for purchase within a
month after they were first contacted, Nigrelli said.
At the end of November, the group recorded five Christmas carols to be used as
ringtones, as well. They’re not available for purchase yet, but Nigrelli said he
expects them to be online any day.
So, which ringtone does Nigrelli use on his cell phone? Actually, none of them -
he doesn’t have a cell phone.
“I’m really thinking of getting a cell phone now, though, just for the fun of
hearing my ringtone,” he said, laughing.
And while Charlotte Chamber Brass is compensated for each purchase of a ringtone,
he said it’s not much - about 5 percent of the $2.49 cost to download it.
“None of us went into music for the money,” he said. “I’m just glad people get
to hear our music.”
And the quintet hopes to record more ringtones in the future.
“I’d like to record some patriotic music, songs that sound really good on brass,
like the start of ‘Stars and Stripes Forever’ and ‘America the Beautiful,’”