[monkeywire] Ape sounds to be available for cell phones
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Fri Jul 18 16:56:53 EDT 2003
Cellphone ringtones will soon go ape
July 8, 2003
London: Noises from the world's largest archive of animal sounds are
being made available for use as ringtones for cellphone users, the
British Library said here yesterday.
Among the sounds available are the thuds of the male gorilla beating
its chest to impress females and scare off competitors, the grunting
of various species of pig and raucous bird calls from the Amazon
The library claims to have the world's largest animal sound archive
and is now making its 100 000 recordings available to two companies
that will in turn put some of them on the internet by the end of the
Users can allocate different calls to different callers - perhaps the
gentle cooing of a dove for calls from a girl- or boyfriend, the
grunting of a pig from the bank manager and an outraged squawk from
the wife or husband.
The global market in downloading ringtones is put at $4 billion a year.
Richard Ranft, the curator of the wildlife section at the British
Library Sound Archive, is pushing British birdsong.
"Many bird sounds are proven to be relaxing - we provide a lot of
doctors' surgeries with bird calls for their waiting rooms for
exactly that reason," he said.
"They can also be very evocative: the fiery-necked nightjar song is
tremendously beautiful and serene."
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