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The Ringtone DialecticEconomy and Cultural Form$
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Sumanth Gopinath

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019156

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019156.001.0001

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The Ringtone and Its Aesthetic Subgenres in Contemporary Classical Music and Media Performance/Installation Art

The Ringtone and Its Aesthetic Subgenres in Contemporary Classical Music and Media Performance/Installation Art

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The Ringtone Dialectic
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Sumanth Gopinath

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019156.003.0004

The central goal of this chapter is to track the emergence of new genres of contemporary music and art enabled by the monophonic and polyphonic ringtone. It highlights the medley composition, the Nokia Tune piece in contemporary art music, and ringtone sound/music performance in new media art, to chart their decline as the fad became less novel and it was replaced by digital files as the dominant ringtone format. The chapter explores why the ringtone no longer seems to be on the agenda of “high art” cultural production.

Keywords:   cultural production, ringtone, high art, contemporary art, music, new media art, polyphonic, monophonic

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