This American Hold Music

My brother Tim Carleton is the star of this week's episode of This American Life.

He shows up at the end of Act One, "Do You Hear What I Hear," Sarah Corbett's story about her father-in-law's obsession with telephone hold music.

Product_data_sheet0900aecd802ff012-1Tim composed and performed the music that two decades ago became the default on Cisco IP phones. Apparently, it's still in wide use today.

Tim enjoys checking out the comments under the recording someone posted to YouTube a couple years back - especially the negative ones, he says - but I see the notoriety from the radio show is engendering some warm and fuzzy reactions, too.

Here's the piece, Opus No. 1.

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