You recognise that tone, don’t you? In any case you are not familiar to which tone I am referring here, it’s the legendary piano version of Gran Vals. Originally, before the ringtone came out – Gran Vals is composed by the Spanish guitarist Francisco Tárrega in 1902 which would later be used by Nokia. When the Finland based company released this tone with their devices for the first time, it would be recognised as the first ringtone which was of its kind on a mobile phone – with a catch to it. Coming from a classical composition, the modern devices which we use now have their ancestral tones ending backwards at the beginning of it all – Grande Valse, as Nokia would call it in 1994.
As an epic story the ringtone would have, the boot-up screen when Nokia phones were turned on – is literally speaking about their tagline “Connecting People.” It is a woman and a kid touching their hands as if to signify this connection between such extreme ages is what the message would look like when using their devices. A pseudo hard turning out to be smooth, as real as possible. It worked like a charm.
I am not sure if the original idea for hands touching each other, like the one for Grande Valse, is a part of the history. But, we do have the fresco painting by the Italian artist Michelangelo – which shows the touch of the divine and the first man.
I am wondered by what art can do to the genesis of anything in this universe, an idea or a ringtone. Art, by it’s own nature, seems to defy itself when it turns to the norms one might think of. A few weeks ago, I created a work-piece of my own combing the very humane hands of Nokia and the divinely stories of Michelangelo, mostly without knowing much about any of the two. You can check it here, on my Instagram by clicking on the link.
Wash your hands regularly. You might not get in touch with the divine, you might just high-five the devil chigga.