My Phone's Not Set To Silent, It's Set To Art
from the pretentious dept
If you weren’t already tired of ringtones, this might push you over the edge: an artist has created a ringtone containing four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence to give people a “respite” or serve some other sufficiently artsy purpose. What the guy’s really done is rip-off John Cage’s 1952 song 4’33”, which contained — yes, you guessed it — four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence. The ringtone artist prefers to use the terms “revisit,” “remix” and “remaster”, asserting that his digitally produced silence is better than Cage’s analog version. Apart from fulfilling the usual stereotypes about conceptual artists, the guy’s also inviting a lawsuit, since Cage’s publishers tend to think they own the idea of silent songs. Perhaps the real irony here is that the artist doesn’t even own a cell phone. If he did, maybe he’d realize that they all pretty much feature a silent mode these days.