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fusoxide

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Library music used as ringtones
« on: August 18, 2021, 03:09:51 PM »
Library music has been used in many sectors such as films, TV and games, but did you know many stock ringtones are based on library music too?

Motorola
From 2004 to around 2013, Motorola licensed hundreds of library tracks from APM Music that were used as ringtones. Previously ringtones were written in-house (a few came from ringtone providers like The Music Solution too). Many of these received MIDI versions which APM outsourced to a person named Keith Manners, as most Motorola phones before 2008 did not have enough memory to store all ringtones in MP3 (typically phones would have around 20 MIDI ringtones and a couple of MP3 ones).

Me and a couple of others have been working on a spreadsheet to document Motorola ringtones. The three tabs that will be of interest to this site are the 2004-2007, 2007-2011 and Android tabs. For now I won't list every library track here so you can look at our work here. Some are still missing, so if you can help to identify those, please let me know!

Nokia
While most of Nokia's ringtones were written specifically as ringtones (both in-house and contracted to external composers), a handful of them are also licensed library music. One of them even has a MIDI cover, similar to how many Motorola ones had MIDI covers. We have a Nokia spreadsheet too, but most of them aren't in the scope of this website so I won't link it unless anyone's interested. I've compiled a list of the library tracks used as Nokia ringtones:

Sound Ideas:
These were introduced between 2004 and 2006. You might recognize a few of these from Fallout 3.
  • Acclaim: It's The Bees Knees - Royalty Free Music (this is NOT the original title; while I'm 100% sure this came from Sound Ideas I haven't found the title from there)
  • Big band: Basie's Up - Jason Nyberg
  • Fiesta: Sunday Fiesta - Brian Nimens*
  • Hawaii: Hawaiian Moonlight - Brian Nimens* (a MIDI cover appears on the Nokia 5140; the MP3 version was only downloadable from WAP sites)
  • High society: All The Jazz You Need - Royalty Free Music (this is NOT the original title; while I'm 100% sure this came from Sound Ideas I haven't found the title from there)
  • Mambo: Steamy Looks - Brian Nimens*
  • Paraiso: Brasilia - Brian Nimens*
  • Reflective: Ancient Ruins - Jimmy Kaleth
  • Smooth/Slick: Benny - Jason Nyberg
  • Trim: Bebopalicious - Brian Nimens*
Other:
Introduced between 2007 and 2008. These were taken from other libraries, probably via Universal Production Music.
  • Closing/Shakers: Bananas - Alejandro Panadero, Despejar Panadero [FirstCom]
  • Manoeuvre: uncertain; there are many library tracks that sound very similar, so this appears to have been built entirely from loops from a sample library
  • Ripples: uncertain; same case as above
  • Solo: The Sharks - Eduardo Morales [BPM Explorer Series]
(there are also ones based on library sound effects, which are not in the scope of this site)
* = credited as Craig Riley and/or Kelly Richmond on the CDs these came from

Most other companies created their ringtones in-house or outsourced them, but I do know at least Vodafone licensed library tracks as well. Maybe I'll document those in the future. Additionally, several music tracks appeared in Nokia commercials and preloaded music on phones which also came from libraries; I may document these in the future but I'm still in the process of tracking down the preloaded music from every phone.
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Re: Library music used as ringtones
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2021, 03:17:12 AM »
Interesting. Never knew this. Thanks for the info, fusoxide.
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Re: Library music used as ringtones
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2021, 04:22:08 AM »
Also note that most of the unidentified tones (mostly 2007-2008) are because they are unheard because they are encrypted in .dcf format (DRM). The 2004-2006 tones, "Elevation", "Anime", and "DrumBeat" are hard to find, so they're probably rare. The tones that I'm wondering about the most is the Aura (Grand Metropolis, Pink Lily, Sandstone, Sea Life, Sunset, and Symphonic). There was actually a video by "KMReview" which actually showed very few of the tones, but unfortunately, he only showed up to "Catalina" (Strictly Cha Cha) The shortened tones from that phone are from longer, previous ringtones. The Rokr EM30 actually plays the tones in the Rokr E8 firmwares, but it's not the same case with the VE66, since it doesn't allow playing the tones in other VE66 firmwares.

Plink: https://www.zedge.net/ringtone/262839df-3ba7-4333-820f-6986f4cdc939
Plush: http://onj3.andrelouis.com/phonetones/unzipped/Motorola/KRZR-K3/Plush.mp3
Harmony: http://onj3.andrelouis.com/phonetones/unzipped/Motorola/A1800-Ming/Harmony.mp3
Transparent (shortened as Chrome Ring, Alarm): http://onj3.andrelouis.com/phonetones/unzipped/Motorola/A1800-Ming/Transparent.mp3
Reverberation: http://onj3.andrelouis.com/phonetones/unzipped/Motorola/A1800-Ming/Reverberation.mp3 (this has some sort of sciencey vibe, probably Sonoton?)
Cool Mist: http://onj3.andrelouis.com/phonetones/unzipped/Motorola/Hint-QA30/Cool%20Mist.mp3
Sun: http://onj3.andrelouis.com/phonetones/unzipped/Motorola/Krave-ZN4/Sun.mp3
New Life (shortened as Rain Drops): http://onj3.andrelouis.com/phonetones/unzipped/Motorola/A1600-Ming/New%20Life.mp3
Bells (seems to be from a longer ringtone): http://onj3.andrelouis.com/phonetones/unzipped/Motorola/A3100/rt_bells%20.mp3
Chrome Alert (also seems to be in a longer ringtone): http://onj3.andrelouis.com/phonetones/unzipped/Motorola/Backflip/notifications/Chrome_Alert.ogg
Sharp (some looped beep sound): http://onj3.andrelouis.com/phonetones/unzipped/Motorola/Droid3/ringtones/Sharp.ogg

Many of these are probably from the mid-2000s.
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Re: Library music used as ringtones
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2021, 04:55:33 AM »
LG actually licensed a few jazzy tracks also (Bean Bag, Limousine Blues). "Bus Stop" from the Shine is called "Cloudy Sky." All from Shockwave Sound (Not entirely sure if it's the correct library LG used).
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Re: Library music used as ringtones
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2021, 04:37:15 AM »
Update: Cool Mist is already found by me. "Bhangra Nights" by MercuryHead and Andrew Lee.