If you could classify a basic cave man ring tone it would the monophonic ring tone. Many older cell phone models come pre-packaged with a bunch of monophonic ring tones those built of basic electronic sounds that may loosely remind you of a classic tune, like The William Tell Overture a.k.a. The Lone Ranger theme, but instead you get a variety of very basic digital tones that sound like a snippet of the real piece. Tones may only exist in digital space singly, making the sounds very basic and tonic. When multiple tones are added together at the same time in digital space you have polyphonic sound or tones.
Monophonic music has actually been the precursor for more complex rhythms and sounds throughout history, so digital doesn’t have the corner market on it. The very first musical sounds likely made by humans were monophonic, the beat of a drum or the plucking of a single string on an instrument.
Almost all older cellphones allow you to download monophonic ringtones so you can beef up that outdated and tired list of ringtones you’re using now. And if you just want something different and basic they come in handy as well. Believe it or not, even though polyphonic, MP3 and real music tones are all the hottest rage, many ring tone companies still offer a pretty large list of monophonic tones, including versions of the latest most popular tones.
How do you know if your cell phone is able to play monophonic ring tones? Most ring tone sites that offer the monophonic tones also provide a list of compliant cell phones including brands and model numbers. What’s more is that you will find many monophonic ring tones are free for your personal use.
Monophonic ring tones are the Morse Code of ring tones. They are the polar opposite to real music and mp3 formats that most closely resemble actual music. If you’re an eccentric minimalist, though a smattering of monophonic ring tones might set your repertoire apart from the rest of the cellphone human race.