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Nerdy Music and Gadget Fix

weather: clear
outside: 11.8°C
mood: squeeful
I have a new phone. Well, I've had a new phone for a while.

I now tote along a Sony Ericsson W810i with a crystal case. My phone is white, but the crystal case shows up better on a black phone.

I got a Nokia 5300 for my Dad. He hates flip phones, but he also wants something small. That narrows down the choices considerably. The Nokia 5300 is a bit of a compromise — a slider. It's still a good size brick, but we'll see what he says. If he likes the Sony Ericsson better, I'll give him that and I'll take the Nokia. I like the sliding thing better, but the Sony Ericsson has better features.

In the meantime, I've discovered that I can't use MP3s for ring tones. That was supremely poopty for a while. So, I've finally gotten around to searching for good MIDIs of my favorite songs.

Thus far, I have:

  • Congratulations, Ah My Goddess
  • The Secret of Monkey Island Opening Theme
  • Danny Boy
  • Picard's Ressican Flute Piece, The Inner Light
  • Star Trek: TNG Theme
  • Star Trek: First Contact Theme
  • Star Trek: Deep Space 9 Theme
  • The Legend of Zelda Theme
  • Kakariko Village, Zelda III

The first four made me very very squeeful. =) The Congratulations from Ah My Goddess was a particularly exciting find because it's the adagio arrangement and it's more rare than the regular upbeat allegro arrangement.

Not all of them are good for ring tones though. Some of them start off too mellow. Good ring tones really need to start with a burst of sound.

No one has a good conversion of the Ba'ku Village Theme from Star Trek: Insurection. The best one I've found still drops too many notes =P But I've tried converting MP3s to MIDI myself, so I can appreciate how difficult it is to compensate for the loss of data. Just doing "Congratulations" had me fuming so hard.

Anyway. Very. Squee. Yes. =D


HOLY SHIT!!!! I just found the Moderato and Andante Semplice movements to the Danse Russe suite from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. WOW! Wowowowow!!! And it starts off really nicely for a ring tone too!!! =D =D =D


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May. 11th, 2007 11:07 am (UTC)
But I've tried converting MP3s to MIDI myself

That seems difficult, in general.

Even more difficult than converting to Amiga MOD format, where at least you can use custom sounds to cheat.

A bit like converting a raster image to vectors, only more difficult -- lots of guessing and such.

The other way around being much easier.
May. 11th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
Yes. It's a LOT of tweaking settings, which I love doing, but even I can only handle so much =}

It's interesting listening to the copy of Congratulations I have. I'm hearing some of the same artifacts that I got when I tried to do it myself except they've managed to diminish them just a little more than I did. Which means I was going in the right direction =D

Also, I think they've converted it multiple times with different settings, then cut and pasted parts of it from the different outputs together. That makes total sense to me now =)
May. 11th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
I've done this! Kind of. ...okay fine, my source material was already in mod format, so all I had to do was figure out what key every instrument was in :P
May. 11th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
Haha =)
May. 12th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
Good thing I'm off and away in far away lands. Otherwise, you'd have to contend with me singing along with the Monkey Island theme song every time it kicked off. Fantastic!
May. 12th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Lucky...
I'd be singing along with you and annoying the entire office =D =D
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