To clarify... I like something like the Zelda3 "get an item" tune for a text message because you're getting something. Other ideas in that same vein for text messages:
- The sound effect from picking up a mushroom in super mario bros.
- The "Hey!" sound from the fairies in Zelda64 (Though that's probably a little more annoying than I'd like)
That's the kind of thing I'm going for. Something that sort of matches the idea of getting a phone call or text message in a clever way. Just plugging in a random song I like is too bland and boring (and is what I already have).
It doesn't necessarily have to be videogame themed, either. Those are just the easiest examples to come up with.
You could make yourself a ringtone by encoding the word "ring" or whatever in ASCII or Morse code and playing the sequence of beeps. For extra points you could make your phone play the SMS in Morse code though I'm not sure if even a smart phone would let you do that (also, you'd have to learn Morse code).
the bit in nba jam on sega when someone goes 'ah-yeah'
keny ken vs topcat jungle drum and bass, sounds noisy but theres amazing samples in that, my friend had a ring tone that made even passers by grin
you know its good because an eclectic mix of strangers ask where you got it, seriously scan old school 1998 drum and base and turn the clever little note bits into 8 bit beeps and you could potentially do real well, this isn't a harmless bit of advise this is genius