Touch Ringtones

Various Artists

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Touch Ringtones Review

by François Couture

When Touch Ringtones was released, it was still impossible for mobile phone users to install their own ring tones in the devices (even though the manufacturing companies offered a certain number of choices, all quite bland). The British Touch label asked a large number of artists from the sound art/experimental music community to create custom ring tones for whenever it would be possible to use them. This CD proposes over one hundred possibilities -- there are 99 tracks, but some contain more than one ring tone. From warped phone bells to clever jokes and complete five-second sound art pieces, Touch Ringtones is an homage to conciseness and public annoyance. Participating artists include Ryoji Ikeda, Hazard, Carsten Nicolai, Phill Niblock, Pan Sonic's Mika Vainio, and Oren Ambarchi, among many others. Free improv saxophonist Evan Parker also submits a circular-breathing tone and animal recordings from Chris Watson and Doug Quinn's libraries widen the scope of possibilities. The problem: As an album, its interest remains pretty limited. Sure, it is fun to hear what each person came up with, but once you have listened to it once, you will probably only take it out to show off to friends -- while you wait for the time you can actually use it, that is. The bottom line: Touch Ringtones should be seen as an artistic gesture by itself, conceptual art if you will.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
John Hudak 00:06 Amazon
2
Oren Ambarchi 00:08 Amazon
3
John Dexter Zetterquist 00:08 Amazon
4
Johnannes Bergmark 00:07 Amazon
5
00:06 Amazon
6
00:07 Amazon
7
Chris Watson 01:59 Amazon
8
Thor McBurnie 00:07 Amazon
9
00:23 Amazon
10
Doug Quinn 00:46 Amazon
11
Touch 33 00:07 Amazon
12 Sven Bigert / Carl Bergstrøm Nielsen / Tom Kling Orchestra 00:28 Amazon
13
00:32 Amazon
14
Cecilia Heisser 00:17 Amazon
15
Brandon LaBelle 00:07 Amazon
16
00:09 Amazon
17
01:23 Amazon
18
00:29 Amazon
19
Evan Parker 00:07 Amazon
20
Ken Ikeda 00:22 Amazon
21
Raymond Cass 00:06 Amazon
22
Leif Elggren 00:14 Amazon
23
Lily Otic 00:09 Amazon
24
00:14 Amazon
25
Richard Bell 00:15 Amazon
26
Regina Lund 00:26 Amazon
27
01:43 Amazon
28
Rosalind Waters 00:05 Amazon
29
The Conet Project 00:07 Amazon
30
00:16 Amazon
31
00:12 Amazon
32
Atau Tanaka 00:18 Amazon
33
00:42 Amazon
34
Crosby Binge 00:10 Amazon
35
Brendan Walls 00:07 Amazon
36
People Like Us 00:11 Amazon
37
Ken Montgomery 00:07 Amazon
38
Grime 00:06 Amazon
39
00:24 Amazon
40
Marcus Davidson 01:30 Amazon
41
Paul Williams 00:11 Amazon
42
Lary Seven 01:59 Amazon
43
Carl Michael Von Hausswolff 00:17 Amazon
44
New Order 00:21 Amazon
45
VENOZ TKS 00:08 Amazon
46
00:17 Amazon
47
Serrata 00:08 Amazon
48
Simon Fisher Turner 00:08 Amazon
49
00:27 Amazon
50
Agnieszka Lwalski 00:06 Amazon
51
Alku 2000 00:07 Amazon
52
Andreas Karperyd 00:23 Amazon
53
Hazard 00:07 Amazon
54
Fear and Trembling 00:08 Amazon
55
AER.7 00:53 Amazon
56
Farmersannual 00:20 Amazon
57
01:26 Amazon
58
Carsten Nicolai 00:08 Amazon
59
DJ Guacamole 00:07 Amazon
60
Bruce Gilbert 00:25 Amazon
61
00:08 Amazon
62
00:07 Amazon
63
00:31 Amazon
64
Edwin VanDerHeide 00:07 Amazon
65
00:57 Amazon
66
00:19 Amazon
67
Joel Stern 00:26 Amazon
68
00:16 Amazon
69
Ikue Mori 00:07 Amazon
70
Hecker 00:07 Amazon
71
00:07 Amazon
72
ID 00:07 Amazon
73
Heitor Alvelos 00:20 Amazon
74
Kaffe Matthews 00:07 Amazon
75
Main 00:49 Amazon
76
Rosy Parlane 00:11 Amazon
77
Gilbert & George 00:07 Amazon
78
Scala 00:13 Amazon
79
00:44 Amazon
80
Mika Vainio 01:16 Amazon
81
Mark Van Hoen 00:39 Amazon
82
Monika Nystrom 00:28 Amazon
83
S.E.T.I. 00:10 Amazon
84
Gilbert & George 00:08 Amazon
85
Aera 02:12 Amazon
86
Phill Niblock 00:48 Amazon
87
Thomas Lehn 00:07 Amazon
88
Ryoji Ikeda 00:14 Amazon
89
00:07 Amazon
90
00:16 Amazon
91
Pita 00:06 Amazon
92
00:06 Amazon
93
ilT! 00:07 Amazon
94
Zbigniew Karkowski 00:06 Amazon
95
MSCHarding 00:10 Amazon
96
01:42 Amazon
97
Guerra / Joel Stern 03:32 Amazon
98
Ryoji Ikeda 03:04 Amazon
99
00:07 Amazon
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