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