So while the desktop is getting a makeover, maybe this would be a good time to consider new default system sounds for Ubuntu.
This could also be a call for participation from the community. The design team could be appointed the task of choosing if there’s a worthy successor to the current sound-theme. There might not be a better suggestion/proposal and if there isn’t an obvious replacement (moderne but still respecting the roots and spirit of Ubuntu), we can just take another +10 years with the current sounds
I pinged a mail to Marcus to find out if he knows. Everything points to probably Jouni making them. But knowing or not knowing where the previous ones came from isn’t a blocker on people working on new ones, for sure.
Co-incidentally only recently I saw a post from Pete Savage who created the original audio assets more than 10 years ago! Time flies!
If it helps for decision making, over the last 6 years, I would say 99% of all my students and professionals that migrated to Ubuntu actually simply disabled them. I got that question asked a lot so I simply told everyone how to disable them through the system settings window. It is not that they are bad sounds, it is just that most did not really need a sound for the actions they were doing (distracting, scaring them, etc). Similar to how the clicking sound was a bad idea on Windows when a user clicked the mouse. they would hear the click on the button and then the sound of a mouse clicked. So maybe some ideas could be taken from this feedback (Which is around 400+ users for this case during that time).
I think it makes most sense to work on this as a community project, and so no Canonical “official” approval is needed. I’d suggest you start by getting a PPA up with the new sound theme in which people can install. If it’s packaged correctly, and we can advise on that for sure, then we could add it to Universe and people can install it easily. If the general consensus is positive then we can look at switching the default over to it further down the road (not necessarily out of scope for this cycle - but then you’re not committing to finishing it it this cycle either).
Wow, I’m really blown away, this is really good stuff.
Kalimba - Everything fits together nicely, definitely a more rich feeling, but slower.
Wooden - Best overall feel, because all the sounds are delicate, quickly over, weightless–really low annoyance factor. I think only “Complete” notification sound doesn’t fit, too Apple “Ta-Da”-ish … becomes annoying because it’s slow. I get the sense you like this sound the best also, as you’ve flushed it out more than the other two (or perhaps it just came together more easily?)
Touch - It sounds good, but much more attention demanding on the whole.
Andy: Thanks for the feedback! It’s much appreciated
The Wooden theme is, as you said, my favorite. Good point regarding the “Complete” sound - I agree, but how often do you actually hear that one? I think it’s fint if it’s when a CD has finished burning and tasks like that, but if it’s everytime a download has completed, it has to go for sure.
Touch is my least favorite, exactly for the reason you’ve mentioned, but the desktop-login sound is a nice boot sound and that’s always the hardest to create (or in this case steal
Did you hear the original ringtone?
Yeah I love the ringtone, I actually had a OnePlus flashed with Ubuntu Touch, and was donating to UBPorts for a while. Never got it working with my mobile service fully (it would ring with a call, but wouldn’t have any sound, calls out would not connect, etc), but it was amazing to play with and just so impressed with every aspect of the design language, and really all the software (the best onscreen keyboard ever). The login/ringtone reminds me a lot of the TGV Announcement chime even though they don’t sound the same at all really.
I think arranging that Touch Login melody for your kalimba and/or xylophone could be really beautiful, or just deciding that your longer login sound for Kalimba is good for both of your original sound suites (not a big fan of the sonar ping for login).