"I wanted to let you all know that this is the last weekend to see HANDJOB at Space 1026 in Philadelphia. For this show, artists were asked to replicate machine-made items by hand. I recreated common mobile phone ringtones by recording myself performing the sounds, even though I don't have vocal training or beatboxing experience. I also enlisted the help of other folks including people at the opening for the show earlier this month. Even if you can't make it to Philly, you can get my project on-line.
LINK TO THE PROJECT: http://www.myxertones.com/artist/429943/
INFO ON SPACE 1026: http://space1026.com/space.php
The sounds represent some popular models and carriers like the Motorola RAZR with Verizon, Samsung LG, and those Nokia block phones everyone had for a while. So go ahead, replace your electronic bleeps with analog versions! If you can't download these ringtones because you don't have internet on your phone, contact me for MP3s that you can transfer to your phone using USB or Bluetooth.
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"I wanted to think about when 'handmade' objects are better, and when they are actually nonfunctional and just difficult to use," says artist Courtney Dailey, who is coordinating the exhibit. "To question how we valorize handmade items as special/precious/more valuable and often have disdain for mass-produced ones."