Originally guest posted by James Houston

Having your mobile phone go off during a concert would usually be embarrassing, but at Dialtones it’s a necessity.
I really wish I could have been in the audience for this one – Dialtones was a concert where musicians onstage would create music by mass-dialling the audience’s mobile phones. The phones had been pre-registered and contained custom ringtones which had been specially created for the show.

Dialtones: A Telesymphony

Posted by Will Hudson,

This has been a huge influence for my own work, and already feels dated thanks to the rapid growth of the mobile phone industry;
I’m glad that the performance captured this moment in time, as I don’t think that .mp3 ringtone samples would have the same charm as these old-school polyphonic counterparts.
A true masterpiece – seeing the overlooked potential in an everyday object, and harnessing that potential as a means of expression.


Posted by Will Hudson

Will founded It’s Nice That in 2007 and is now director of the company. Once one of the main contributors to the site he has stepped back from writing as the business has expanded. He is a regular guest on the Studio Audience podcast.