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Nokia has selected a winning ringtone, and either we're way too old to understand what the young things are listening to these days or Nokia has lost it completely. The competition asked people to play around with the iconic Nokia tones and produce something new and interesting, and there are some really good entries, but to our …

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Joke

So, that's the sound you'd get if you were able to brutally torture a 56k modem, possibly with instruments borrowed from the Spanish Inquisition...

Wait... I don't see any "no modems were harmed during the recording of this ringtone" disclaimer...

YOU MONSTERS!!

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I _like_ dubstep

...but that "winner" is...is...is an abomination!

Funnily enough, if you put the contents of every paint tin in the shop into one big plastic dustbin, and stir, you don't get a nice colour.

I assume that the judging team were "professional" in the sense that they knew (collectively) how to wear a tie.

Nokia are doomed.

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This is correct

I'm 34 years old with 3 kids - I'm not supposed to like modern music, I'm supposed to be confused and a little bit scared by it. But I wasn't finding JLS and their ilk confusing or scary, just shit and anodyne. But this dubstep stuff is different; I am very confused and that's as it should be. Carry on.

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That'll be the expert judges trying to be hip and choosing the one with "dub-step" in the title.

I rather liked Ozzbozz's progressive Nokia.

TheGreatMarvelous's entry was never going to get off the bottom rung once the expert judges got into the act, you would have thought that after appointing Elop they must have a sense of humour, but obviously not.

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I'm too old

I played the tune back at the same time as my 11 year daughter walked in the room. In her words - "I love that".

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I'm in my early 20s and I think it's horrific.

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Dear oh dear

Dubstep is on it's way out of being so popular, and Nokia is pretty late to the party.

It's a shame that this sort of dubstep is even so popular in the first place. This track probably took about 2 days to make and lacks any sort of creativity whatsoever. Sound exactly like the 1000 other ones I have heard in clubs recently. Whereas people like Appleblim and Martyn are making interesting dubstep that doesn't consist of the same beat and the 'wub wub wub' and barely get any play time.

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Not dubstep

I like dubstep, but that just sounds like when people play with a dub-step app to drop sound effects on an existing song.

Terrible. And far too long - 2-3s at the longest for a basic tone.

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Cake?

"but to our ears the winning one sounds just a cacophony of noise at best, and an irritating screech at worst."

Its the Cake revolution, as predicted by Brass Eye!

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...the tone which will grace "a selection of the company 2012 product portfolio"...

Phew, I was worried for a moment that there'd be a chance in hell I'll ever hear it. I'll be sure to steer clear of that lone poor sucka who buys a Nokia phone next year.

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I liked it…

Oh yes, I thought that some of the metaphysical imagery was particularly effective.

And um, interesting rhythmic devices, too, which seemed to counterpoint the surrealism of the underlying metaphor of the Nokia-ity of the composer's compassionate soul which contrived through the medium of the jingle to sublimate this, transcend that and come to terms with the fundamental dichotomies of the other. And one is left with a profound and vivid insight into... into... the fact that the phone's ringing.

Oh, sod this. Which way to the airlock? At least in space, no-one can hear your ringtone.

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Ah.... the whalesong

It's been a while since a story qualified -- LogoWatch stories, anyone?

For instance... http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/28/nokia_pure/

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The scariest of this is that they just might use it as default ringtone on their future phones... Especially the feature phones.

Which means we'll be forced to hear that abomination daily, thanks to the I-am-keeping-the-default-ringtone-because-I-can't-be-bothered crowd

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I should've realised

but in the future, can you also remind us to turn down the volume?

Not that it's not my own fault or anything.

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I like dubstep

but this this Nokia 'Dubstep' tune sounds crap...

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It's an age thing

My 14 years old daughter called it "pretty cool" but not as cool as the "great marvellous" and my 7 years old son called it " really cool".

i think this thing is rather boring.

Over the last few weeks I ve seen the "great marvellous" spread like wildfire around the country.

I can't see this being used by anyone, ever..

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Got the future ad!

Nokia : We cater to not-yet-fully developped brains.

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.. now I understand..

.. Nokia have been planning for the future (assuming they have any).. This tone is to come in 2024 when they finally release theie win-phones and the current 7 and 10 year olds are old enough to buy the phones themselves.. until then no worries mates.. phew..

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Honestly, it's not THAT bad.

Consider how much worse it could have been while you listen to this reggae treatment of the Motorola tune: http://open.spotify.com/track/3BWmPG20ba93zUxpjX1XsE (Only SFW if you have headphones.)

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It'll be dead in weeks. Feels like a 199x reworking of some simplistic corporate sound. The problem with a contemporary reworking is that it dates almost immediately. It worked the first time cos of simplicity.

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There are a couple of brief moments within the ringtone that are ok, and that I'm pretty sure I heard in other ringtone entries.

But the overall effect is one that repulses me, and the two teens I played it too.

Well done Nokia... dropping the ball still.

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Superb ;)

loved it . . .

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FRIKKIN' WICKED !!!

playing through the various entries, they were all bland and mind-numbingly dull except for the winning entry, which to be fair was still crap but far less so than all the other entries put together. Given that obviously they were all limited to the same constraints the winning entry was a league ahead.

I don't follow trends or fashions, I'm not young, I am a professional producer/musician, (Also, I am a crazy one, a misfits, a rebel, a troublemakers, a round pegs in the square holes, I do see things differently, and I don't buy Apple)

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waiting for a flamin'

I liked "Progressive Nokia" as a modern twist to the traditional tone.

"Nokia tune China Classical Ver" sounded Chinese for 4-5 seconds, then turned all Last of the Summer Nokia at 7 seconds.

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Like all other dubstep...

I'm sure the ketamine junkies will love it!

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Options...

To be fair, it doesn't look (sound) like they had much to choose from. The runners-up are all crap as well.

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I kinda like it in a Deadmau5 sorta way ... and I'm the wrong side of 30 so it's probably just lost all credibility ;)

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That is the worst pile of crap I have ever heard. Jeez, it almost makes the crazy frog seem acceptable.......

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I must be really old

My ringtone is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ljFaKRTrI

(Rats - no cake icon.)

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well it aint gonna make me..

dump 'green onions' off my N95 just yet. keerist what are they thinking...

mine's the one sounding like Booker T

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What the hell are they smoking?

If they were going to pick something that god-awful, why couldnt have they just picked Nyan Cat? At least Nyan Cat's bouncy and fun sounding. That Nokia thing just proves to me beyond any reasonable doubt that they're trying to commit corporate suicide.

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Ay, caramba

Imma stab to death anyone who plays that as their ringtone. No jury would convict me.

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General Custer's last cry for victory

c***s. That is all.

....erm maybe, whilst the soap-box is out.....

What the FUCK were they thinking?

Looks like N8 will be my last.......

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I love the new direction music is taking. This sort of music is experimental, and is breaking the tyranny of the octave that has enslaved your ear perceptions for too long. The chord Jimmy Hendrix plays on purple haze was called the "Devils Chord" in the 18th century, and was to be avoided. The noises you are hearing emanating from dubstep are the next set of taboo audio sensations that will one day become Mozarts of their times. Perhaps not the Nokia tune itself, but you got to shift through the dirt before you find gold.

Yes, many of you are all too old to appreciate a new paradigm.

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yeah, yeah, whatever...

According to the various fanatics of one style of music, there's a new Mozart every couple of weeks...

Also, congrats for using the word "paradigm". Try to use "synergy" next time, and you'll be ready for corporate executive job :)

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I was never young enough to appreciate a "new paradigm".

Something to do with never having been quite that far up my own arse........

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If Nokia has any sense, they'll make the top ten available for everyone to download. There are a couple of good ones in the there (I like the prog one)

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WTF?

are the new nokia phones going to have a sub woofer built in too?

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Every time I admit I love dubstep a piece of my soul dies

Consider the title once again admitting i love dubstep.

This is shit by the way.

But dupstep makes my penis erect.

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got it in one

"The noises you are hearing emanating from dubstep are the next set of taboo audio sensations"

emphasis on "noise", it's not taboo just the majority of the population think it's shite and doesn't qualify as music in any sense of the word.

same sort of crap comment that thinks Tracy Emin's un-made bed is art, David Cameron fell for it with that tripe he's put in No10 from her, twats!

Though caveat emptor applies as does a fool and their money...... so all hats off to her for making money out of them.

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I've heard a lot worse dubstep choons lets put it that way

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OMFG.

Finally got to listen.

I guess that "dubstep" is the new word for "talentless 80s deejay shite"?

How quaint....

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