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NewsPoster Jun 21, 2013 10:28 PM
Indie band turns iPhone 'Marimba' ringtone into pop song
Indie LA-based band <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/288256==http://marsargo.bandcamp.com" rel='nofollow'>Mars Argo</a> have prominently used the iPhone's distinctive "Marimba" ringtone -- the default one that relatively few owners ever change -- as the basis of an entire song for their latest single, ironically titled <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/288257==https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=208VXVIVfzU" rel='nofollow'>"Don't Call Me."</a> While many will find the gimmick catchy in the effervescent pop song, iPhone owners who are Pavlovian in their response to a ringing iPhone should likely approach the song with caution -- the tone is used continuously throughout the track, though there are sections where it fades into the background.<br />
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The band itself has been in the LA scene for a few years and released a full-length album, called <em>Technology is a Dead Bird</em> in late 2009. Since then, the band has followed up with an EP and a recent two-song single, all of which are available through either <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/288254==https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/mars-argo/id339924466" rel='nofollow'>iTunes</a> or <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/288255==http://marsargo.bandcamp.com" rel='nofollow'>Bandcamp</a>. The "Don't Call Me" song is a promotional release at this point and will likely be included on a future formal release.<br />
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The band's video (seen below) showcases their college-alternative influenced sparse pop stylings. Ironically, the song lends itself to being a ringtone -- an augmented version of Marimba, or a curveball when it is used as an Android ringtone.<br />
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Quark108 Jun 21, 2013 11:29 PM
That is my wake-up alarm and because of it I have been conditioned to hate that ringtone. Subsequently, that means I hate that song... It makes me want to hit snooze to shut it up!
 
kerryb Jun 22, 2013 09:21 AM
awful.
 
calier Jun 22, 2013 02:12 PM
This is a disgrace to both Music and the Marimba ringtone.
 
DavidO Jun 22, 2013 04:25 PM
I'd do her!
 
avfolk Jun 22, 2013 04:50 PM
GAWD what a loser performance.
Some people will do anything to get noticed.
If I were Apple I'd sue for defamation.
 
kerryb Jun 22, 2013 07:32 PM
possibly the least imaginable use of that chime or ring tone.
 
coffeetime Jun 23, 2013 12:27 AM
Not too bad. I like the middle part where guitar kicks in and the sound matches really well.
 
revco Jun 24, 2013 01:23 AM
Tucked in t-shirt is always a good look.
 
makemineamac Jul 4, 2013 03:10 PM
I thought this was great, just a cool idea taking one of the most common ring tones/alarm sounds and making a song out of it.. Original song. Loved it.

There will always be critics of course, but most critics don't know what the hell they're talking about anyway.
 
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