|Good (by nautin, Jul 13th, 2007)
I like it!
|Do the right thing.... (by kitty, Jul 9th, 2007)
Obviously kool ringtone at all.
|Sweep (by billyoung, Jul 9th, 2007)
I try to hear this but i can't.
|Very strange! (by forestgum, Jun 25th, 2007)
This showed up some rather strange tune.
|need louder (by Ghruru, Jun 22nd, 2007)
I like this sound but I need it louder. Any guy can help me???
ll Your Own Ringtone
By Mark Anderson
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts -- Cell-phone customers have spent more than $4 billion
on ringtones taken primarily from popular hits. Now MIT's Media Lab hopes to
unleash some new creativity into this market with a ringtone composition tool to
the masses for free.
On Friday, the university handed out awards for original ringtone compositions
created using its Hyperscore songwriting software. U2's the Edge acted as one of
the judges, although he did not attend the event.
"Ringtones are a legitimate branch of pop music, and this is a great opportunity
for up-and-coming songwriters to create something designed specifically for the
medium," said Edge.
Hyperscore is now on hundreds of thousands of computers and is integrated into
music education programs across the globe. The program will be included on MIT's
$100 laptop, to be handed out to thousands of school kids around the world next
year. And Windows users can now download the basic model, which limits song
lengths to 30 to 60 seconds, for free. (Mac and Linux versions are in the
Hyperscore co-creator Tod Machover has used the program to compose entire
symphonies. But on Friday, Hyperscore's founders took a stab at making their
software the composition tool of choice for ringtones.
Like a haiku or a piece of flash fiction, a ringtone is the songwriter's
ultimate vehicle for concision, quick hooks and parsimonious expression. Ten to
30 seconds is the blank canvas.
Hyperscore lets composers assemble music using blocks of melodic or rhythmic
riffs, called "motives." A songwriter assembles a collection of motives,
represented as a palate of colors. Then, in the program's sketch window, the
composer literally paints the rhythms across the screen. Moving the brush up or
down changes the pitch and user-selected harmonizing levels smooth out the sour
notes and chords that emerge in the process.
"We think Hyperscore represents a really different paradigm for looking at
music," said Machover, who originally created Hyperscore with Media Lab
colleagues Mary Farbood and Egon Pasztor. "It opens the door for everyone to
Lucas Hernandez-Mena is an MIT undergraduate and amateur musician who heard
about the ringtone competition earlier this month and in short order put
together his captivating -- and prizewinning -- entry "Trans."
"I came up with the bass line walking down the street, singing to myself," he
said of "Urbane," a second ringtone entry. "And my phone has a memo recorder, so
I just recorded it on my phone."