The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

7 December 2007

Friends don't let friends buy ringtones

This is one of Trini's current catchphrases, and inasmuch as I seem to have developed a knack, or knacklet, for producing the things, I figured it probably wouldn't be a bad time to hone my technique.

Or techniques, more precisely, since what works on my phone won't necessarily work on hers. My little Nokia (which, a T-Mobile rep informed me night before last, is a very "manly" phone, whatever the hell that means) likes WMAs and doesn't much care how long they are; hers (which is bigger, if that means anything) prefers MP3s and demands they be kept short.

I'm not at the point where I can knock them out in a couple of minutes. Yet. But it's still better than forking over coin of the realm, particularly for recordings she or I already paid for in one form or another.

Posted at 9:54 AM to PEBKAC

Just thought I'd mention this particular experiment: we cut a section from Nine Inch Nails' "Closer" for ringtone use (yes, it fades out before the language becomes NSFW), and to get it down to the prescribed file size, I had to encode it at a lowly 112 kbps. On the other hand, it sounded good enough: she set the phone on the table, and the sheer ferocity of the sound set the phone, speaker down, revolving at around 1.5 rpm.

I think I'm going to look for something by the late Karlheinz Stockhausen, just for — well, contrast isn't really it.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:56 PM on 7 December 2007