Mother Bee Ringtone

Derris Kharlan, real name Nathan, has a huge influence on me musically. He produces interesting, well-arranged music with mostly 8 bit instruments, and performs live. What follows is a picture of a cat nested in the sprawling neuron networks of retro games consoles whose minds and souls have been diverted to the production of beauty. Any picture where I can see a Sega, a cat, and a Korg product is a very good picture indeed.

I strongly advise that regardless of your musical tastes, you download Derris Kharlan’s free album. Free music is good. When it’s good music. Which it is.

I especially love the track called Mother Bee, and I could hear ringtone potential in the final refrain, so I done nicked it into a loopable file, didn’t I? It kept all of the original artist’s ID3 data, which is nice, because the work on my part was minimal (but, might I add, well executed).

Would you like to download a Mother Bee Ringtone? You should definitely think about it before responding in the negative. Oh, it’s MP3 format by the way, which should be fine.

Catch you later.

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Star Trek Bridge Hail

In Star Trek TOS, a boatswain whistle sound accompanies the start of any communication on the ship’s intercom.

“whhhwiiiiwoo… Engineering ta Capt’n Kirk”

Like that, see. Well I thought that would be a really cool — I say “cool”; I mean “neat-o-rama” — SMS tone for my phone. I set about searching the tubes for an appropriate candidate, but even the better ones had a lot of background noise from the TV program in them, like footsteps, tape crackle and talking.

Although I had realised it was a possibility from the start, it took a while before I relented and set about synthesising the original. After some pencil and paper physics to work out the frequencies in the original and a little mockup with the wave generator in Audacity, I opened Psycle, synthesised a whistle voice, put a tiny bit of GameBoyesque square wave in the background, tracked and exported.

I am very, very pleased with the result. It is pitch accurate to the original, and of nice, clean quality. It was, however, mastered a bit quieter than any other tone on my phone, which necessitated turning the SMS notification volume up a couple of notches. It sounds a lot better from a phone speaker than through headphones. I don’t know why, but it works for me. Now, RINGTONE GET already!

Star Trek Bridge Hail