The iPhone alarm tone is also a gorgeous classical piano piece

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in iPhone edited March 2023
Apple's iPhone alarm tunes usually just wake people up, but musician Tony Ann was inspired to develop one into a full classical piano track lasting more than two minutes.




Play Tony Ann's YouTube video and any iPhone user will immediately recognize the alarm sound that Apple calls Opening. Where the alarm tone lasts for just a few seconds before it repeats, it does then stick in people's heads.

In Ann's case, though, the piece does not simply repeat, he develops the tune into a deeply impressive score that weaves in and out of Apple's original. Unlike his clever pop song version of the alarm, this classical rendition is always unmistakably the Apple tone, even as it builds to a conclusion.






Tony Ann's classical piano version of the alarm was first spotted by iMore.

It's not the first time that an iPhone tune as been used as the basis for music, though. As long ago as 2013, the band Mars Argo used the iPhone's ringtone as the main riff in their song, "Don't Call Me."

You can go the other way and make a ringtone out of any music, but it requires a few steps to create a custom one. This version would probably be excellent as one.

Read on AppleInsider

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  • Reply 1 of 9
    DAalsethDAalseth Posts: 2,856member
    Oh my. That is just brilliant. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 9
    LOVE IT.  Great playing too.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 9
    chadbagchadbag Posts: 2,013member
    That was an awesome take on it and well played.  

    However, ditch the reverb.  Was very annoying.  Adding a small amount can enhance.  Trying to make an electronic piano sound like a grand in Carnegie Hall is way too much and distracted from the song, in my opinion. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 9
    jeffharrisjeffharris Posts: 805member
    Sorry Apple, but that ain't "classical" or anywhere near it.
    Not classical genre or classical period.
    It's not even interesting.

    It's pop. Broadway or Richard Clayderman or Liberace or TV commercial level stuff.
    JapheyJanNL
  • Reply 5 of 9


    You can go the other way and make a ringtone out of any music, but it requires a few steps to create a custom one. This version would probably be excellent as one.

    Read on AppleInsider
    That would be a fun ringtone. Then intentionally don't answer your phone right away when among friends or family (not in a public space!) to see what kind of reaction you get.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 9
    DAalsethDAalseth Posts: 2,856member
    Sorry Apple, but that ain't "classical" or anywhere near it.
    Not classical genre or classical period.
    It's not even interesting.

    It's pop. Broadway or Richard Clayderman or Liberace or TV commercial level stuff.
    You have a very narrow view of what constitutes classical music. 
    Every person I’ve sent this too has said it was A, absolutely beautiful, and B, definitely classical style. 

    You do realize how much classical music is used in commercials, right? 
    edited March 2023 lolliverwatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 9
    mike1mike1 Posts: 3,329member
    Sorry Apple, but that ain't "classical" or anywhere near it.
    Not classical genre or classical period.
    It's not even interesting.

    It's pop. Broadway or Richard Clayderman or Liberace or TV commercial level stuff.

    Why "Sorry Apple"?!
    Apple didn't create this extended work nor did they ever call the alert tone classical.
    lolliverchadbagwelshdogwatto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 9
    welshdogwelshdog Posts: 1,903member
    Blue Öyster Cult did a song called The Machine that uses something similar to the Opening ringtone as a guitar riff.


    edited March 2023 watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 9
    AppleInsider said:
     Unlike his clever pop song version of the alarm

    Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HzA3G_gF7k
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