We all know the iPhone’s standard ringtone. One could argue it’s one of the single most ubiquitous song in human history, considering how many people have it on their phones. But it could stand to be a little more… epic, at least if you’re the artist known as MetroGnome.
Remixing And Rebuilding
It’s pretty straightforward, as techno remixes go; MetroGnome starts with just the ringtone, and you might actually think your phone is ringing at first. But soon he begins expanding it, layering in swooping synths, drum machine beats, before using the alerts to kick off a breakdown.
In other words, it’s pretty much what you’d expect from the phrase “iPhone remix.” But it’s impressive how much music he squeezes out of a fairly simple melody designed more to get your attention and be otherwise just pleasant.
Remixing The Ring
iPhone remixes are actually fairly common, in the sense that people keep trying them, but MetroGnome actually avoids a few common pitfalls of this particular online stunt. First of all, he does actually build out the melody into a full song. And secondly, he actually brings in quite a few more styles and instrumentation, even bringing in a guitar at one point.
Of course, this won’t be the last iPhone remix we see. An item of such cultural prominence and cultural awareness is always going to be toyed with, remixed, played with as our feelings towards it change, grow and move in new directions.
And, hey, if nothing else, it’s got a beat you can dance to.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.