Thanks to Chicago-based string ensemble Spektral Quartet, digital marketing professionals can now hold 63 new music masterpieces in the palm of their hands with this month’s launch of Mobile Miniatures.
From Pulitzer Prize winners to Pitchfork.com chart toppers, the Quartet commissioned 46 innovative composers to create ringtones, alerts and wake-up alarms for mobile devices—replacing standard digital sound catalogues with some of the most provocative music being crafted today.
The mini masterpieces are available on March 29 at SpektralQuartet.com for 50 cents each or $20 for the entire collection. On the same day in Chicago, the Quartet is hosting a launch party for patrons 21+ at Constellation on 3111 N. Western Avenue. For a $15 ticket (which includes five downloads), visit Ticketfly.com.
The 8:30 p.m. event features live performances of the Mobile Miniatures and an interactive gallery with iPad listening stations where guests can hear any of the 60+ ringtones, plus tableaus of vintage phones offering curated audio from playwright Idris Goodwin, Museum of Contemporary Art curator Naomi Beckwith with poet Virginia Konchan and The Ringtone Dialectic author Sumanth Gopinath.
In perhaps their most original project to date, the Quartet’s Mobile Miniatures includes the work of Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Mason Bates, Shulamit Ran, Augusta Read Thomas; Chicago Modern Orchestra Project founder Reneé Baker, as well as the internationally-renowned Olga Bell, Julia Holter, David Lang, George Lewis, Nicole Mitchell, Bernard Rands, Greg Saunier, People Places and Things saxophonist Greg Ward.
Visit spektralquartet.com/projects for more information about the Mobile Miniature ringtone project, and to see Spektral Quartet’s Kickstarter video.