Ring Tones

I got a brand new Samsung A900 cell phone. This sucker can do just about anything you could want out of a cell phone. It’s bad ass. The only thing it can’t do is save battery life. Being a music geek, one of the most exciting features is its ability to play MP3’s. I’ve got four of them loaded into the user-accessible 50MB storage area, which is really cool. However, these MP3’s can NOT be used as ring tones for the phone, which is a serious bummer.Fortunately, a few Googles of the Internet turned up the magic formula. You have to upload your MP3’s via SMS to the phone, which then stores the MP3 into the non-user accessible area of the phone. Once you message these mp3’s to yourself, they then show up as options when selecting ring tones.

I’m kind of addicted to making a ringtone for all of my friends and family. It’s becoming really easy to figure out who’s calling me based on the song. My mom is German, so when I hear the fantastic song “Ein bisschen Goethe, ein bisschen Bonaparte” by France Gall, I immediately know it’s mom. Dad get’s Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” because he quit listening to music somewhere around 1958.

Anyway, I’m sharing the ringtones I’ve created for my phone with the world at large. Essentially, they are simply 10-20 second snippets of the songs. I’ve made 2 versions of each ringtone: one is a high quality MP3 and one is a noticably lower quality MP3. You really don’t need the high quality ones since the speaker on your cell phone can’t accurately recreate the subtle nuances of a high quality file.

All the current ringtones I’ve created are accessible via this dead link. Once you download them to your PC, you can go to this link if you are a Sprint user, or this one if you are on a different network to upload them to your phone.

 

This week on I’m Smarter Than You Radio

This week we added a heavy dose of the 80’s band Swell Maps. Here is what allmusic.com has to say about Swell Maps:

 Noisy and experimental, Britain’s Swell Maps experienced little commercial success during the course of their chaotic career, but in hindsight they stand as one of the pivotal acts of the new wave: not only was the group an acknowedged inspiration to the likes of Sonic Youth and Pavement, but their alumni — most notably brothers Nikki Sudden and Epic Soundtracks — continued on as key players in the underground music community.

And here is a picture.

Swell Maps

 To listen, go to http://www.imsmarterthanyou.com and click the link in the upper right.

This week on I’m Smarter Than You Radio

This week we added a heavy dose of the 80’s band Swell Maps. Here is what allmusic.com has to say about Swell Maps:

 Noisy and experimental, Britain’s Swell Maps experienced little commercial success during the course of their chaotic career, but in hindsight they stand as one of the pivotal acts of the new wave: not only was the group an acknowedged inspiration to the likes of Sonic Youth and Pavement, but their alumni — most notably brothers Nikki Sudden and Epic Soundtracks — continued on as key players in the underground music community.

And here is a picture.

Swell Maps

 To listen, go to http://www.imsmarterthanyou.com and click the link in the upper right.

Last.fm vs. The Perishers

I have a non-stop stream of music that I use for my own purposes. For fun, I’ve made it available to the world to listen to. A few people do which is nice. This stream is all done using WinAmp and their Shoutcast plugin.

Last.fm is a website that tracks all of the songs you’ve played. You install their little plugin into your WinAmp and it starts tracking all of the songs and artists you’ve listened to. The best part is that you can export that data into some charts to see which artists you listen to the most. For example, here is the chart of the most-played artists in my WinAmp world:

 

Who knew I played so much Arctic Monkeys. And The Perishers? I couldn’t tell you a song by them to save my life but I bet I could somehow sing along to the whole album based on how many times that band has been played.

You can also get a list of all the tracks played since I got my Last.fm account going in early 2006. Below is that chart:

 

 

More of The Perishers in here. So that’s totally an album I know the songs too. I must since I’ve heard it so often. If you were to ask me what they sound like, I have no clue.

Here is a picture of The Perishers. They are Swedish. Good for them.

The Perishers

Last.fm vs. The Perishers

I have a non-stop stream of music that I use for my own purposes. For fun, I’ve made it available to the world to listen to. A few people do which is nice. This stream is all done using WinAmp and their Shoutcast plugin.

Last.fm is a website that tracks all of the songs you’ve played. You install their little plugin into your WinAmp and it starts tracking all of the songs and artists you’ve listened to. The best part is that you can export that data into some charts to see which artists you listen to the most. For example, here is the chart of the most-played artists in my WinAmp world:

flinchbot

Who knew I played so much Arctic Monkeys. And The Perishers? I couldn’t tell you a song by them to save my life but I bet I could somehow sing along to the whole album based on how many times that band has been played.

You can also get a list of all the tracks played since I got my Last.fm account going in early 2006. Below is that chart:

flinchbot

More of The Perishers in here. So that’s totally an album I know the songs too. I must since I’ve heard it so often. If you were to ask me what they sound like, I have no clue.

Here is a picture of The Perishers. They are Swedish. Good for them.

The Perishers

This week on I’m Smarter Than You Radio

This week, The Sound are being featured. The Sound are an early to mid Eighties band that get lumped into the same pool as Echo and the Bunnymen and Joy Division. I’ve never really heard them, so that should all change this week.

The Sound

 To listen, go to http://www.imsmarterthanyou.com and click the link in the upper right.

This week on I’m Smarter Than You Radio

This week, The Sound are being featured. The Sound are an early to mid Eighties band that get lumped into the same pool as Echo and the Bunnymen and Joy Division. I’ve never really heard them, so that should all change this week.

The Sound

 To listen, go to http://www.imsmarterthanyou.com and click the link in the upper right.

This week on I’m Smarter Than You Radio

This week, Siouxsie and the Banshees are being featured. I never really listened to their albums so putting several of them into the mix will get me more aware of what they were doing back in the day.

Siouxsie and the Banshees

 To listen, go to http://www.imsmarterthanyou.com and click the link in the upper right.

Dear Websites who offer downloads:

Please stop with the automatic downloading of a file I’m getting from your website. It doesn’t work due to this message:

Just give me a big fat button called “Click here” and I will do so.

Thank you.

David Bowie…

…was way more influential to music in the ’70’s (and by association, today) than I ever gave him credit for.

Meanwhile, tiny little Kraftwerk continues to show up in more and more places as an influence. David Bowie admits that he was influenced by them on his Low album which influenced countless bands (Joy Division, to name one).

This makes me think that Kraftwerk may have been the most influential band in the history of the world not named The Beatles.