the best use of a phone dial tone in a song, What is

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for me it's the use of a dialing phone throughout this classic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8u-KROQeJA

mark e, Thursday, 22 September 2022 21:45 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZYkrY9yxC0

alpine static, Thursday, 22 September 2022 21:47 (one week ago) link

"+371" by Domenique Dumont is what I imagine all ringing phones sound like in Ibiza:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP-8blxGn2M

OneSecondBefore, Thursday, 22 September 2022 21:49 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys_rJtuMfuA

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 22 September 2022 21:53 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWZ4pve5Mkc

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 22 September 2022 21:53 (one week ago) link

ooh i like that +371 a lot.
never heard it before.

mark e, Thursday, 22 September 2022 21:54 (one week ago) link

loving the PCO track.
think i had that on a cassette a very very long time ago.

mark e, Thursday, 22 September 2022 21:56 (one week ago) link

just remembered the spacehog track that probably sampled that PCO track yeah ?

mark e, Thursday, 22 September 2022 21:59 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7pTFmC8twE

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 22 September 2022 22:04 (one week ago) link

Freur - Alabaster White Thing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LDgHJq1LDw

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 22 September 2022 22:10 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJMhp5SEGiI

ed.b, Friday, 23 September 2022 01:39 (six days ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbimvNPgryI

ed.b, Friday, 23 September 2022 01:44 (six days ago) link

so i had to double check and look up a this, but: what's fascinating is that hardly any of these songs seem to make prominent use of the dial tone, which is that sort of solid droning beep you'd hear in between picking up the receiver and dialing the first number. i guess t's a pretty unpleasant sound, and it doesn't "go" anywhere musically.

the DTMF sounds you hear when dialing numbers aren't even tones, but pairs of tones, chords basically, built up in a table of four low notes and four high notes. so there's a certain inherent musicality to them individually and as a set, despite their alien, technological quality. i can't seem to recall or find a good pithy name for them as a set, equivalent to "dial tone."

i think "I'll Bee Dat" has to have one of the hookiest uses of them but I also appreciate the scene-painting in phone-themed songs.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 23 September 2022 04:13 (six days ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKRIH-b8Xcg
Newcleus - Push the button

fpsa, Friday, 23 September 2022 04:32 (six days ago) link

There are some dialing sounds near the end of this that make a nice counterpoint to the little synth melody.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag_PnVclmw4

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Friday, 23 September 2022 05:28 (six days ago) link

Laptop - End Credits: ring tone and answering machine message

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPFpsB7EYK4

ledge, Friday, 23 September 2022 07:55 (six days ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOKzWCm6xx4

sub genre:best use of the mobile phone interference sound which was prevalent in the early 2000s

my opinionation (Hamildan), Friday, 23 September 2022 11:23 (six days ago) link

Does a Penguin Cafe Orchestra sample count?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCsGRCf8T9Y

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 23 September 2022 12:00 (six days ago) link

TC - Where's My Money (Caspa Remix)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPvzfW24SXc

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 23 September 2022 12:33 (six days ago) link

when I was really little I thought the “won’t get fooled again” intro was a dial tone

brimstead, Friday, 23 September 2022 14:17 (six days ago) link

Does "If Madonna Calls" by Junior Vasquez count?

bain4z, Friday, 23 September 2022 14:31 (six days ago) link

never heard that before.
good track, but the phone is only at the start really.
i'm on about tracks that feature the phone dial/noise as part of the actual track.
and i should have remembered re the TC track as thats on a lot of my dubstep mixtapes.

mark e, Friday, 23 September 2022 14:43 (six days ago) link

Sondheim's Company uses a busy signal as a sample at the start and a little musical mnemonic (played on guitar) throughout.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3ODpqVUmWc

MaresNest, Friday, 23 September 2022 15:01 (six days ago) link

I have always thought that the intro to "Telephone Line" by ELO was made with modified dial tones, but I could be wrong...

henry s, Friday, 23 September 2022 15:38 (six days ago) link

tlc lovesick
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8Us3V3pUPw
produced by dallas austin

Spottie, Friday, 23 September 2022 15:49 (six days ago) link

"One" is a song by American singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson from his 1968 album Aerial Ballet. It is known for its opening line "One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do". Nilsson wrote the song after calling someone and getting a busy signal. He stayed on the line listening to the "beep, beep, beep, beep..." tone, writing the song. The busy signal became the opening notes.

Bongo Jongus, Friday, 23 September 2022 18:01 (six days ago) link

I distinctly remember reading an interview with someone from an arty band, saying how they started out by "jamming along to a busy signal" – but can't recall who it was. Maybe Devo(?)

"Cool ranch dressing!" (morrisp), Friday, 23 September 2022 18:10 (six days ago) link

cut copy - “saturdays”
abra for playboi carti - “unlock it”

I also love modem sounds:
dj swagger - “return of the swagger”

brimstead, Friday, 23 September 2022 18:46 (six days ago) link

for feat.

brimstead, Friday, 23 September 2022 18:47 (six days ago) link

Not exactly a dial tone but lots of good phone sounds on:
Ken Laszlo - Hey Hey Guy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz6EijdvyFw

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Tuesday, 27 September 2022 06:14 (two days ago) link

I have always thought that the intro to "Telephone Line" by ELO was made with modified dial tones, but I could be wrong...

Iirc, Lynne said they dialed a number they knew wouldn't get answered, recorded the dialtone and other phone sounds, and then matched their notes with a synth.

this comes to mind, the phones songs continue throughout the 20m track

tony price - interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2NiGreQ5os

budo jeru, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 14:37 (two days ago) link

He stayed on the line listening to the "beep, beep, beep, beep..." tone, writing the song. The busy signal became the opening notes.

this is great.

budo jeru, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 14:37 (two days ago) link

really like the tony price track.
very electric era miles davis.

mark e, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 14:43 (two days ago) link

Andreas Dorau - das telefon sagt du

meisenfek, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 15:18 (two days ago) link

I have no idea how I missed this thread this whole time

you can see me from westbury white horse, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 15:18 (two days ago) link

The interference in Communication has already been mentioned but any excuse to post this masterful mix
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is4OgmR4T5s

you can see me from westbury white horse, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 15:21 (two days ago) link

Can we have Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey? It may be him imitating the phone ringing but the way the call is answered suggests he's doing dial tones.

you can see me from westbury white horse, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 15:27 (two days ago) link


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