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Elektra Founder Jac Holzman Releases Cosmic-Influenced Ringtone Album

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Jac Holzman attends the 26th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at The Waldorf=Astoria on March 14, 2011 in New York City. 

Jac Holzman, the Elektra Records founder who released the groundbreaking album series Authentic Sound Effects in the 1960s, has returned with another album. This time, of ringtones. Entitled Cosmic Ringtones & Sonic Realms… Your Universe Is Calling, the 29-track album was conceived and produced by Holzman and recorded by his son, Adam -- a known keyboardist and synthesizer artist. 

"I’m always asking, 'What’s needed; where are the opportunities?'" said Holzman. “I decided that having a theme-based collection, created specifically for the ringtone market, was the ticket forward. I’ve always been interested in astronomy, and selecting various objects and concepts from cosmology fit the ringtone world perfectly. There’s a part of me that can’t resist making records, and Adam was the only person I knew and trusted to interpret this approach. We worked together to create the right sounds for each title and had great fun in the process."

While Cosmic Ringtones is available for download on all streaming services, the CD release contains liner notes that detail the origin story for each of the tracks. The cosmos-inspired titles include everything from the straightforward “The Big Bang” and “String Theory” to the whimsical “Primordial Cosmic Soup” and “Pluto Sheds a Tear.”

The cover art was designed by Bill Harvey, the son of Elektra’s first pioneering art director, William S. Harvey. Cosmic Ringtones is being released on Holzman’s label, FM Group Music.


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