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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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A Spectrum of Forms: The Aesthetic Logic of Original Sound-File Ringtone Composition

A Spectrum of Forms: The Aesthetic Logic of Original Sound-File Ringtone Composition

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(p.183) 7 A Spectrum of Forms: The Aesthetic Logic of Original Sound-File Ringtone Composition
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The Ringtone Dialectic
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Sumanth Gopinath

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019156.003.0007

What does it mean to compose a ringtone? This chapter explores this question and argues that the earlier form of the ringtone provided the most distinctive sonic material that artists and composers could employ when composing new music compositions, interactive multimedia performance or art installation. It highlights the idea that although the dialectical closure of this creative possibility took place because of the emergence of the sound file ringtone, the sound file ringtone also signalled a dialectical opening of new possibilities for original ringtone composition.

Keywords:   ringtone composition, music compositions, dialectical, multimedia performance

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