During her *Mobile* Ringtone Performance, artist T. Foley used her cell phone and rechargeable battery-operated equipment to broadcast and amplify select audio from her public art/original ringtone creation project. Locally Toned is a not-for-profit venture that involves individuals in the creation of original ringtones, and provides the free tones to the public via a website and MMS (multimedia messaging service) distribution. The ringtones–tiny aural documentaries, sonic mementos, and soundscape snippets–answer the question, “What does Pittsburgh (or any environment, for that matter) sound like?” Locally Toned utilizes the airspace as public property for purposes of sonic transmission–the work performs itself” when participants receive calls on their cell phones. The goals of the project are technological empowerment, community service and the substitution of a system of shared creativity for one of commerce (the distribution of music industry ringtones).
Over the course of the weekend, T. Foley produced several original ringtones recorded at the festival. For your listening, ringing, and downloading pleasure:
Electric Chaircut Scissors & Comb Tone:
Electric Chaircut Clipper Tone: