SYNC PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE
SYNC is the world’s very first Ringtones & Ringbacks programming language that was used to instruct the microprocessor in the cell phone to play particular notes from an infinite number of ringtones at what speed and in what order for an incoming call (ringtone) or the sound the actual caller can hear (ringback). With capabilities of variable and EQ adjustments, SYNC allowed cell phones users to create and their own ringtones and ringbacks, whether monophonic, polyphonic, DJ style or a minimalist repetitive loops, for over-the-air delivery. The SYNC created audio files, usually between ten and thirty seconds in length, is a ringtone or ringback computer program stored on the memory chip of the cell phone whose primary function is to instruct the microprocessor what the cell phone speaker should do. SYNC was invented by prolific inventor Andre Gray, who used his creation to also invent ringtones and ringbacks and gave them their precise names and uploaded them to his single-webpage on February 5, 1994. For the world’s first ringtone and ringback, Gray chose the ten second opening of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Tocatta and fugue in D Minor with a link to his newsgroup page that provided extensive instructions on how to download & use SYNC to create ringtones & ringbacks. These instructions were the acknowledged primary inspiration for the 1998 Japanese published bestselling book (sold 3.5 million copies in its first year of release) on how to create your own ringtones. SYNC is a meta language, which simply means that all or almost all other programming languages for a specific medium or industry is based upon and defined by that foundational & broadly encompassing programming language. Since its invention and first published appearance on the world wide web as the world’s first commercial ringtones and ringbacks programming language, SYNC has inspired every single cell phone ringtones programming language either as an exact copycat or as an obvious derivative.
Melanie Fields is a freelance music & technology jurnalist living in the New York City Area.