Ringtones & Revolution
By DaveLevy on Jun 02, 2005
During the recent election campaign, and one of the small left wing acts I took was to re-install "L'Internationale" on my phone. Its been the revolutionary anthem of European socialists since the Paris Commune, and is the more likely song to have been played at the Finland Station as Lenin arrived. (What? See also here...).
I obtained this as a ringtone a couple of years ago from http://www.yourmobile.com, but they've dropped it, and its proved difficult to replace, but I'm finally there. Use Google to search for "L'Internationale" & "ringtone" which inexorably leads you to this site, "The Internationale". It has two useful features. The first is that the notes in the right hand panel are hyperlinks to midi files. Secondly the site has some great links to sites supporting other socialist cultural icons, including sites helping phone users to install the song as a ring tone. These didn't help me because my phone's inappropriate. However Nokia's PC Update's (V4.4) ringtone composer module can read in midi files, convert to tone, and then download to the phone, so I checked the three sites out and took the simplest midi file, tested it on my laptop, slowed down the tempo and put it on the phone.
So here is my .midi version of "The Internationale" which works for the Nokia 6310i. It's not perfect, it's been truncated but it works.