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The Ringtone Dialectic by Sumanth Gopinath
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The Ringtone Dialectic by Sumanth Gopinath
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Jul 19, 2013 | ISBN 9780262315098

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With a certain dry humour mixed with the arch tones of mild scholarly disdain, reading Gopinath on ‘the degraded pre-adolescent utopias’ of the Crazy Frog tune can be a little like reading Glenn Gould blithely discussing the ‘harmonic primitivism’ of the Beatles. Nonetheless, this unique and often fascinating volume unearths a sufficient number of intriguing artistic responses to suggest that there may have been more to the ringtone as cultural form than Für Elise rendered in coarse FM synthesis and dididing ding bing bing.—Art Review

…the most interesting parts of the book were those where Gopinath discusses the cultural aspects related to ringtones. Ringtones, Gopinath maintains, are aestheticized signals. Their function is to indicate, by means of sound, that the owner of the mobile phone is receiving a phone call. A simple beep would suffice to accomplish this task. Nevertheless, many phone user prefer to use another sound to indicate this, one that is aesthetically more pleasing. A Bach excerpt, for example.

Journal of Sonic Studies

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