Who invented the telephone bell? Certainly not a musician. Perhaps it is just a bad pun on the name of its inventor? It may be that such an audacious device should have an obnoxious sound, but the matter should be accorded more consideration. If we must be distracted ten or twenty times a day, why not by pleasant sounds? Why could not everyone choose his or her own telephone signal? In a day when cassettes and tape loops are cheap to manufacture this is entirely feasible.R. Murray Schafer: The Soundscape, p. 241-2. The date is 1977.