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WolframTones Generates Ringtones via Mathematical Algorithms

For a fresh, free, and geeky source of ring tones, it’s tough to beat WolframTones, a musical mashup of Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica that generates unique ringtones based on algorithms.

Visit the site, start tinkering with the settings, and WolframTones will generate a ringtone (and several variations) for you based on the style you’ve selected. The defaults for the various styles–classic, dance, blues, etc.–are great but you can delve into additional settings for further customization. During our test, for example, we were messing around with the “signalling” category and by going into the instrumentation panel we could pick which instruments we wanted as part of our alert-style signal ringtone.

After generating a ringtone you can download it, save it (free account signup required), and/or email the results to a friend. Hit up the link below to take it for a test drive.


Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/2/11

Comments (6)

  1. Teknyne

    -1 for requiring QT…

  2. Char

    I forced myself to install QT just to try this out :(

  3. Andrei D.

    No curiosity greater than that compelled qt !
    It’s a pity , it was looking promising …

  4. A new HTG fan

    I’ve been using that site for like a year now. It’s great because you always have a unique ringtone that noone has ever heard or used before you.

    I don’t have Quicktime installed; I just mess with the settings a bit, let the site send the MIDI-file to my mailbox and listen. If I’m not satisfied, I then mess around a little more with the settings etc… rinse and repeat.

    It’s a little bit extra work but hey; we’d do anything as long as we don’t have to install that bloatware piece of a QuickTime, right? :-D

  5. Outspoken

    -1 for QuickTime

  6. R77R

    -2 for not being a desktop software.

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