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now that i've figured out how to get custom ringtones onto my phone either as .mp3 or MIDI files, i have a strong temptation to create ringtones for every one on my contact list that is just a single assigned MIDI pitch number. So if, say, Tyler calls, and i assign him F5 (or MIDI note 77), i'll recognize that he's calling just by hearing that particular note.

The other option is to spell out all of my contacts' names with a simple MIDI mapping as a rapidly repeating melody. So if the letter A started at C3 (MIDI note 48), Andy's ringtone would be 48-62-52-73, or C3-D4-E3-D5. a nice major 9th melody.

what would be neat too is if there were a way for the phone to incorporate a modulo 12 function followed by a random transpose function. That way, Andy's ringtone would just be C-D-E-D, and the phone could pick whichever octave it wanted. It'd be a little more challenging at first to identify the caller by ear, but it would be more fun.

It also means that if the melodies were set to play at a fast rate, you'd have to pay attention to names that are spelleed similarly to know who you're about to talk to, e.g. Catherine versus Katherine or Mark versus Mary.

it's a neat idea, but it would also defeat the purpose of my contact list set up (first initial and phone number because i still do my best to memorize phone numbers). i'll have to think about it more later. for now... bed.

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derien
Sep. 9th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
Why not map their phone number rather than their name? That way you wouldn't have overlapping names.
lifeofmendel
Sep. 10th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
it's not a bad idea, although i like the idea of having more than just ten notes to play with. ken (below, if you look here) suggested name and then number. that works too and would probably lend to more variety.

Overall though it still won't promote the idea of me trying to memeorize numbers because it wouldn't take to me too long to memorize the sound of the melody and lose the association with the telephone number.

it's still a thought, though. :)
nytelyte
Sep. 9th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
I was about to suggest what derien suggested.

Or, you could do name and then number. That way you could still memorize numbers...? That's an amazing idea, if I ever get that sidekick 3 my friend Emily's been promising me, I may start doing something somewhat like that but a bit different. *shrug*
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lifeofmendel
Sep. 9th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
it feels a little limiting and would have the same problem. once i get used to the way that a melody would sound, i'd be able to recongize it without actually having to... umm... "cognate" the actual numbers. even now this is true to a degree, like if i recognize a person's area code, i don't have to register the rest of the number to know who it is, so area codes outside of my own i feel less confident about the number memorization.

the appeal of doing it by letters is that there's more pitches to choose from.
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