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15 New Ringtones from Valencia, Spain (Uploaded to locallytoned.org)!

Click on any of the pictures above to hear/send one of the tones from Valencia, Spain to your phone!

The tones were recorded when I traveled to Spain in September of 2009 as part of a show called Transfer Lounge (curated by Carolina Loyola Garcia, Toni Claderon and Ima Pico). While there, I did a *Mobile* Ringtone Performance at the Forja ArteContemporáneo opening, and collaborated with locals to make a small series of Valencian tones.

The tones feature the sounds of Spanish-speakers, crushing garlic with a mortar and pestle, birdsong, and little bells which are traditionally rung at processions for the town’s patron saint (Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados/Our Lady of the Forsaken or Homeless).

To read more about this series/my work in that city, type “Valencia” into the search box on this blog.

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Post Card Ringtones from Berlin

„Guten Tag!“ from Berlin. The first tones I’m publishing from this city are ones captured from the soundscape familiar to tourists. While walking around the center of Berlin (Mitte), these are the sorts of sounds you’d likely encounter on a stroll through the area. These sound files were recorded “on the fly” in locations where I was just wandering, looking, and listening. More like audio snap shots or “post cards,” these tones are quite unlike most of the other tones in the project (which are captureed through field recordings conducted with local[ly toned] project collaborators).

Within this series, when I recorded sounds made by individuals in public places, I asked for their permission.

Some of the links here are to the German Wikipedia. Use a web page or browser translation program to read those links in English.

I’m grateful to the artist Carolina Loyola-Garcia (also here in Berlin as part of the S.Low Projekt), who palled around with me during this day of mini-Ringtone Reconnaissance Missions. She helped by shooting some of the photographs and by lending me her camera. She’s half of the “we” I refer to in this post.

The first sound I wanted to record was an accordion I heard while walking along the Spree on Museum Island (Museuminsel). The musician, playing for tips, requested anonymity. Here is the Museuminsel Accordion Tone.

There’s also a lovely little fish fountain on Museuminsel featuring one calm and quiet stream of water coming straight out of the mouth of the fish. And since the three most pleasant sounds, according to the research of R. Murray Schafer, in his book, The Tuning of the World (The Soundscape), are running water, birdsong and church bells, I made this simple Fischbrunnen klingelton (Fish Fountain Ringtone).

Heading towards the Reichstag (the building which houses the German parliament) near the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate), we noticed a border guard (of sorts)–a costumed man in East German (DDR/GDR) uniform stamping papers for tourists.

He handed out and stamped “official papers” and beautiful post cards, that he told me were made from illustrations of the Brandenburger Tor that had been gifts from artists. He questioned tourists who were curious enough to approach, “Why are you smiling? Please look me directly in the eye. Do you have any alcohol or cigarettes?” Here’s the Brandenburger Tor Check Point Ringtone. You’ll hear this gentleman stamping papers (along with the sound made by these Peruvian-sounding musicians in Native American costume-ey dress).

As soon as we neared the Reichstag, I could hear a lot of bird song. Little sparrows, apparently, love to hop and chirp about the bushes in the plaza near the famous building. Very hard to see them, more difficult to photograph them, but you sure can hear them! Here’s the Reichstag Vogelgesang klingelton (Reichstag Birdsong Ringtone).

Sincere thanks to the (anonymous) local/Berliner audio-contributors in Mitte who allowed me to record and photograph them and the source of their sounds! This series is dedicated to you.

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Performing Tones in Valencia, Spain at Forja ArteContemporáneo

No puedo hablar mucho Espanol, but I can point out tones to play from my tone menu (the apron)!

No puedo hablar mucho Espanol, but I can point out tones to play for people from my tone menu (the apron)!

Last night was the opening of the Transfer Lounge show at Forja ArteContemporáneo in Valencia where I performed Pittsburgh ringtones. The event was well-attended even though a couple of torrential downpours fell throughout the evening. Since I speak very simple Spanish, I felt a little bit shy approaching gallery visitors as I would in Los Estados Unidos. I switched up my approach a bit–I  walked around the space, playing/amplifying tones and drew attention to the project sin palabras (without words). I then visited with folks en Espanol when they stopped by my table to pick up some of the art cards. One major advantage to come from the experience of performing ringtones in Spain is the opportoneity to think about using my body to perform the tones (rather than just rely upon my brain/ language-center). Wow, I thought this morning–Note to Self: traveling to other places can help to inform and expand an artist’s practice and approach.

The event was catered by Absolut (what a great promotional idea for Absolut, and a help to artists and artist-run organizations!). I wondered if this sort of sponsorship from the company is accessible to artists’ organizations back home.

Absolut Bartenders at the Forja Opening (photo by Carolina Loyola Garcia)

Absolut Bartenders at the Forja Opening (photo by Carolina Loyola Garcia)

Although I didn’t have time to look carefully at all the artists’ work included in the exhibition, I spent a good deal of time last night being riveted by pieces from Christina Ghetti, Filippos Tsitsopoulos and Ima Picó–I can’t wait for Pittsburgh to see their work. I’ll be writing more about Ima Pico as her help capturing and identifying Valencian tones was a tremendous contribution to the project.

Ghetti's Installation at Forja

Ghetti's Installation at Forja

Video work by Fillippo

Video work by Fillippo

Co-curator Pico Standing near Her Own Work

Co-curator Pico Standing near Her Own Work

Another highlight of the show para mi, was a visit from Consulor Agent Dr. David Nordlund from the United States Department of State in Valencia.


Foley, Nordlund y Loyola-Garcia

Carolina y yo were delighted to have a visit from Dr. Nordlund!  He took some pictures of the show but also took the time to visit with us (me, Carolina and Ima) about our work, Forja and the arts in general in Valencia. He even suggested that a return visit from Locally Toned might be an interesting idea (such as making Valencian tones during las Fallas?!). That would be fabulous! From what everybody tells me here about las Fallas (a week-long fiesta that runs in March of each year), that is certainly what Valencia sounds like.

Here are the photographic art cards from Pittsburgh that I took to the show. Hey, Caleb, HHOL, Peyton, horsies of Indiana, Erok, the Kennywood Merry-Go-Round, Bhante Maithrie, Coqui, and Stu, didja all know you came to Spain with me?

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Because I don’t have tone distribution for mobile phone companies that operate in Spain, I came up with the clever idea (with Curator Loyola-Garcia’s help) of pasting [shortened] mp3 URLs on the backs of the cards so folks could easily access the audio files to download the tones to their European phones.


These last photos are documentation of performative moments taken by Ima’s friend Sonia (and Valencian ringtone contributor). Thanks for including my work in the show, Carolina, and thanks Ima and to Forja’s Toni Calderón for their help and hospitality!

carolina y yo



Sometimes a ringtone sounds so good, you have to close your eyes and listen.


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Locally Toned Travels to Valencia, Spain


I arrived in Valencia, Spain yesterday (Woo-Hoo!) where I’ll do a ringtone performance at the opening of the Transfer Lounge exhibition I’m part of at Forja ArteContemporáneo, Valencia, the 17th of September 2009 at 8pm. The show’s been curated by Pittsburgh’s Carolina Loyola Garcia, and the Spanish part of the project has been curated/coordinated by Toni Calderon and Ima Pico of Valencia.
The card I’m holding here has “YOU SHOULD BE A RINGTONE” on one side and the Locally Toned project description on another. I speak a little Spanish, but mostly *Mexican* Spanish and in the present tense, so I thought this little card might be useful when I’m approaching strangers and am hoping to capture Valencian tones.

I brought 10 Pittsburgh ringtones with me to Valencia (a brand new art card series!), and I’ll (hopefully) bring 10 Valencian ringtones back to Pittsburgh (where the show will run at SPACE Gallery from October 2nd-17th of November). I’ll be sure to post the new series of Pittsburgh cards later.

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