Stephen Wolfram published a book in 2002 that generated awesome new uses of technology and this one is creating awesome, ear pleasing music by using popular music as a guideline. I am pretty sure you don’t care about the nitty gritty about the algorithms but if you are, check out Wolfram Tone’s about page here.
To create your own ringtones you will need to have QuickTime installed on your machine. And then you can visit this URL.
You will see a page that looks like the one above. The graphics on the right are actually ringtones. You can mouse over them to hear them. Everything generated on the website is using the Wolfram Tone Algorithm. Click on start now to begin.
You will see a page like the one above. You have lots of options but why don’t you start with playing the tone at the top of the page? Pretty cool huh? Maybe that wasn’t your kind of music but we can choose.
Now I’m pretty sure that if you are still reading this you would like to create your own ringtones. Let’s start!
I choose hip-hop to begin and played the sample track as you can see below:
That was OK but not something I would use as a ringtone. So I started playing around with the composition controls at the bottom of the page.
Now I have no idea what any of these options actually do but I started messing around with each of them and then each different tab like so:
I changed my order of instrument roles and the actual instruments as well. Then I moved on to Pitch Mapping:
I just kept messing around with it until I had something that sounded like it could be a soundtrack from a horror movie. I laughed a little and shared it with my friends using the URL at the bottom of my screen.
Then I moved on to the Time Controls which severely changed the sound of my ringtone.
Wow, OK now I needed to start over. But after about an hour of messing with this I had a very original and unique (to say the least) soundtrack. Best of all when someone asks me what kind of ringtone that is, I can smugly say “oh I created it myself using the Wolfram Algorithm” and smile.
Then when you have something that you like you can save, email or download it to use the track as your ringtone.
So go on, create your own ringtones and impress your friends! Do share your favorites with us in the comments (that is if you don’t mind other people using them as well!) And for some other ringtone action you can check out this older post.