Well I had no idea that the Tim Carleton Darrick Deel collaboration of Opus number 1 was so popular! I had blogged about it a while ago when I was looking for the infamous hold music.
I got one quick heads up that the stereo version of the popular ‘hold’ track would be uploaded, but once it was I got 5 notifications! One from a Darrick! It sure sounds nicer than the mono version, but when you are on a phone what do you expect?
Apparently NPR will only host the mp3 for the weekend, so of course I’ll keep a mirror.
For anyone unfamiliar with the song, here is a little bit of history from here:
This was not a proprietary mix made by Cisco. It was licensed to Cisco for non-exclusive use in their CallManager product. Tim composed this song and is who performed it for this recording. I helped him record it one day in his garage. This recording is actually from the late Eighties.
I had the opportunity to submit the song to the guy compiling the music on hold CD and he included it in our upcoming product. The Synths used to record the song had very favorable acoustic qualities when transmitted over VoIP with a G.711 encoding. As a result Tim’s Opus No. 1 became the default hold music on Cisco’s product.
The original version has a nice stereo effect on the clapping and a real breathiness and richness in the Synths. There have been a number of people over the years that have tracked me down due to this music. It is always exciting for us to find more people that like the music enough to track it down after an encounter with it while on Hold. Tim and I will discuss the options for making this available and post back here.