.A while back, it seemed that everyone was downloading fun musical ringtones to their cell phones.
I have a severe hearing loss. (But I also have a musical memory because I once heard music clearly).
I was frustrated because whenever I tried to download a ringtone that interested me, it always sounded mushy, making it difficult to hear and not worth bothering with.
For instance, I wanted Beethoven's Fur Elise. I could not find a single ringtone rendition that was clear enough to even recognize the tune.
And I wanted the Batman TV show theme, but the reverb in the original recording made it unrecognizable!!
I wanted "In the mood" by Glen Miller. Couldn't find a good one So I made my own!
I recorded 11 all together.
After my hearing hit rock bottom, I became obsessed with the need to hear a pleasing musical sound. Sometimes a tone or song would come through to me and I'd wonder why? So I began experimenting on myself. LOL
By using certain instruments and arranging them together ( I will explain in future posts) I have developed a formula for presenting musical sound more clearly to people with hearing loss.
For my ringtones, I wanted to use real musicians, playing real instruments and we ended up using piano (playing one note at a time) trumpet, saxophone, electric guitar (no chords, one note) and vocals.
At the time, I was in a song-writing kick and was well connected to a great recording studio with excellent musicians.
The key is to keep it very simple using just one instrument carrying the melody. I would hear them through my cochlear processor as they recorded the music.
Today's recording engineers add reverb and layers of instruments which are deadly to use hearing aid and CI users, so I would advise them to lower it.
Fur Elise Rondo Unchained Melody In the mood Beethoven's 5th Reveille call
Greig's piano concerto in A minor King of the Road Satisfaction (Rolling Stones)
Theme to Mission Impossible
I chose familiar melodies and included classical, jazz and TV movie themes.
I switch back and forth and love it. They will certainly give the alert that someone is calling!!
You are welcome to download the ringtones to your cell phone free of charge. Find them on my website: http://www.HearMusicAgain.org
We'll go out with another: This is the full-length version here, not the ringtone loop.
And while you're there, join us at WHMA mix and WHRA rock internet radio for People with Hearing loss.
Crisp, clear and ready to Hear!!