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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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Tones from Senoras Leonor and Soledad in Valencia, Spain


Soledad gives her mother Leonor un besito (kiss).

Let me introduce you to Senoras Soledad y Leonor de Valencia–these ladies (a mother and daughter) were my first ringtone contributors in Spain! Interesting to note how they are related because the first tones in Pittsburgh also came from a mother-daughter team, and when you think about it, the first sounds we hear in this world are from our mothers. Powerful! Maybe this will become a Locally Toned tradition if the project continues to visit other cities.


Sra. Leonor makes the Chilean empanadas at Capriccio–she’s been cooking since she was 11 years old, when her mother died and her aunt taught her how to cook. Her first dish was a puree (like mashed potatoes or cauliflower ), and her aunt told her the dish was inedible. Sra. Leonor made the move from Chile to Valencia, for her daughter Soledad, and with her grandchildren.


When my friend, artist Ines Salpico, and I discovered Capriccio, a mostly take-away gourmet Italian restaurant in Valencia, we were in search of postre (dessert). We found it, and also Senora Leonor, who said, “Digame,” with great good humor and very directly to customers when they began to place an order. The sound of her voice was distinct, and I thought it would make good sense as a ringtone (translated loosly as “Talk to me” or “Tell me”). And so after getting over my shyness, in my simple Spanish, I asked Leonor if she would consider becoming a ringtone. She said yes. When I returned the following day with my equipment, we recorded the digame tone but ended up with a second tone (because the recording process kept being interrupted by busses and motor bikes). Somewhat exasperated by the interruptions, the Senora and I joked about our timing and I inadvertently recorded her lovely laugh. Her two ringtone contributions are:

Senora Leonor’s Digame (Talk to Me) Tone


Senora Leonor’s Laughing Tone


Another evening we met Leonor’s daughter, Soledad, who came to Spain (for love and an opportunity to make a better life for herself and her children) about 2.5 years ago. Soledad makes the pasta and the desserts–yum!


I invited Sra. Soledad to make a ringtone, too. I asked her how one might greet a person on the phone in Chile. Here is Senora Soledad’s Besitos (Little Kisses) Tone.

Muchismas gracias, Senoras Leonor y Soledad!

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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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