We’re big fans of Raymond Scott. While he’s best known as a composer of quirky big band-era music that became the sound of cartoons, he went on to help pioneer electronic music.
Thanks to musician, arranger, and RS fan Les Deutsch, you can now download free Raymond Scott ringtones formatted specifically for iPhone.
Details from Les: “I could have converted the original recordings to ringtones, but I really enjoy the quirky synthesizer sounds that the Mac’s internal QuickTime app generates directly from Finale.”
Download them at the Raymond Scott blog.
Note: When I downloaded the files, they had a .m4r.html extension. Changing this .m4r made the files recognizable as ringtones.
Most musicians haven’t taken ringtones very seriously, either as a promotional tool or as a new platform for music.
I think this is a mistake. New phones have all sorts of multimedia capabilities, but their built-in ringtones are usually horrible.
If you’re not making ringtones for the iPhone yet, check out our tutorial on making ringtones with Garageband. And check out the video review of Ringdroid, an ringtone generator for Android phones.
Android is a new phone platform spearheaded by Google. While it’s not as well-known as the iPhone, it looks like it could develop into a strong competitor to the iPhone. If it does, it’s going to be another important platform for musicians to think about.