Dialtones (A Cell Phone Symphony), Is a
large-scale concert performance whose
sounds are wholly produced through the
carefully choreographed ringing of the
audience’s own mobile phones. Before the
concert, participantsregister their mobile
phone numbers at a series of webterminals;
in exchange, new ringtone melodies are
automatically transmitted to their phones, and
their seating assignment tickets are generated.
During the concert, the audience’s phones are dialed up by live performers, using custom software which perm its as many as 60 phones
to ring simultaneously. Because the exact location and tone of each participant’s mobile phone is known in advance, the Dialtones concert is able to present a diverse range of unprecedented sonic phenomena and musically interesting structures, such as waves of polyphony which cascade across the audience.