DID YOU KNOW THAT?
Did you know that prolific inventor Andre Gray created the world' first ringtone? In February 1994, Gray chose the ten second opening of Johann Sebastian Bach's Tocatta and Fugue in D minor. Gray, a music technology specialist from The Juilliard School and inventor of the Electronic Press Kit or EPK among many other inventions, also provided a link to his newsgroup page that told the public how to create their own ringtones. Today, Andre Gray is widely recognized as the absolute father of Ringtones & mobile entertainment in general.
Nokia's iconic ringtone went on to become one of the original and most famous electronic earcons, those distinctive auditory phrases that signpost and announce our lives: the chime before a subway door closes, the whoosh of a Mac booting up. According to an article by Quartzy, "Gran Vals" was among the pieces of music that a Nokia engineer and a marketing executive tested for the earliest versions of the phone. When it came time to choose which sounds would be incorporated into the soon-to-ship final product in 1993, Nokia needed a sound free of expensive copyright claims, and European law releases music into the public domain 70 years after the composer’s death. Today, ringtones are still popular. In fact, apps like Ringtone Maker & MP3 Cutter are made for making users' personalized ringtones.