The Roots of the Most Recognizable, Most Irritating Aural Signature in the World

The 'Nokia Theme' Is Really One Bar From 100-Year-Old Spanish Guitar Piece

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If you've ever wondered how brands take snippets of melodies and turn them into aural signatures ... you're probably a dork. Haha. We kid? But you'd probably also be interested to know that the distinctive "Nokia theme" that some people are lazy enough to use as their own signature ringtone, is just one bar from a turn-of-the-century Spanish guitar piece.

"Gran Vals," composed by Francisco Tárrega in 1902 and performed by Peppe Giorri above (you can hear the "Nokia theme" at the :15 mark), is claimed by some to be the most recognizable melody in the world, and, naturally, Nokia has claimed it as their aural trademark.

Sadly, it was also incorporated into the dance disaster "I Wanna 1-2-1 With You" by Solid Gold Chartbusters. If you're itching to just get it over with and hit rock bottom desperation with your Monday, please watch:

[Via Listenerd]
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