In your pocket, or perhaps orphaned in your closet, is a sophisticated piece of electronics going to waste. So, whether you’re suffering from iPhone envy or simply want to put toxic used electronics to useful musical applications, the cell phone noisemaking project at GetLoFi could help make a happier, noisier world.

The ingredients:

  • Software running on the Java virtual machine (good, old-fashioned J2ME)
  • A hack for proper input and output (from the various headset connectors)
  • Sequenced MIDI files

The result: otherwise silent, ordinary cellphones become living musical creatures. Install files, plus information on how to make the circuit for I/O, went up on GetLoFi early in October, but thanks to Michael Una for pointing this my way over dinner recently.

Everything you need:
MIDI Loop Sequencer aka Cell Phone Noisemaker

  • take that iPhone 😛

  • great appz!
    works fine here on an lg viewtyKU990I , will have fun during travels

  • low resolution sunse

    does this mean i'll finally get to realize my dream of a Motorola Razr symphony?

  • I did something very similar back in 2001: A java app for japanese cellphones that would generate minimal tracks from random patterns. Not just the notes were randomised but also the synth parameters of the Yamaha FM-soundchip. You could set ranges, randomise parameters and mute/unmute tracks. (interview, in german)

  • too bad all my old phones are too crappy for this…

  • Peter Kirn

    @Hanzo: Ask around. Someone may have a J2ME-capable phone they don't use any more, or that only works when power is plugged in. That's part of the appeal of this stuff. (someday soon, it'll probably be the appeal of old iPhones and Androids!)