The Nokia ringtone used to be heard more than a billion times per
day, making it one of the most popular songs in the world. We tend to
consider cellphone rings as somewhat antithetical to
music. There is a whole subset of YouTube videos dedicated to the perverse thrill of
watching a delicately beautiful musical moment ruined by the harsh cry
of a default ringtone. In this episode, we zoom in on one of these
annoying melodies to see if there's not some hidden musical craft
present in the ubiquitous bleeps and bloops that envelop us. Later,
Charlie shares a piece made solely of this sonic detritus, and a data
scientist locates surprising musical patterns in a most unexpected
Charlie Harding - Bowl ArrowLinks:
Jonathan Berger's Article in Nautlius: How Music Hijacks our Perception of Time
an earlier edit of this show made in insensitive and inappropriate quip
about an act of war, which we have removed. We apologize to our
Josh and Adam head to the clink, the slammer, the Big House to name their Top 5 Movie Prisoners. Plus, a review of the acclaimed new UK prison drama STARRED UP... and Quentin Tarantino's new day job inspires another Filmspotting Poll Death Match.
POLITICO reporters discuss the House Freedom Caucus's strategy going forward, the latest on Devin Nunes and his intelligence reports and the impending Senate clash over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing.