Tax­man’s jin­gle that struck a dis­cor­dant note with mu­si­cian

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - Daily Mail Re­porter

WAIT­ING on the phone is an in­fu­ri­at­ing part of mod­ern life, but mu­si­cian Alan Dr­ever-Smith made good use of his time on a call to HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms – by tran­scrib­ing the on-hold jin­gle.

The 26-year-old grew so frus­trated dur­ing a 40-minute call with the tax­man that he de­cided to take down the tune and post it on­line, and the score has since gone vi­ral.

He said that the ‘jar­ring’ mu­sic in­spired a mo­ment of creative mis­chief as he tried to sort out his fi­nances last month.

And af­ter hear­ing the same minute-long seg­ment over and over, Mr Dr­ever-Smith fired up his lap­top to be­gin tran­scrib­ing the tune. He said: ‘As a mu­si­cian, I was gig­gling be­cause it was such rub­bish – the tune is jar­ring and it’s just hor­ri­ble to lis­ten to, it’s al­most com­i­cal.

‘Five min­utes had passed, and I had my lap­top in front of me, so I just had a spark of mis­chief.

‘I wanted to see if I’d be able to tran­scribe the mu­sic in the time I was on hold, which I did in roughly 15 min­utes.

‘It’s quite mun­dane but it’s jazzy – which is kind of hi­lar­i­ous be­cause it’s so out of place, it’s like they just slammed two com­pletely dif­fer­ent songs to­gether. It was bore­dom ther­apy. I just thought it could make some­one laugh if I tran­scribed it and posted it up, it was just silly re­ally. I think the fact that the song just re­peats it­self is enough to make peo­ple go in­sane.’

Mr Dr­ever-Smith, a clas­si­cal­ly­trained drum­mer from Hull who files his own tax re­turns, said it was not the worst piece of mu­sic he had ever heard, but of­fered to help HMRC im­prove it.

‘I’d def­i­nitely vol­un­teer my­self to make a new ver­sion, but I think any mu­sic is hor­rific if re­peated in­def­i­nitely.

‘You never get the chance to lis­ten to a song in its en­tirety, it just lasts a minute then starts over. That just makes it much worse.

‘But it does make you won­der – as a mu­si­cian you want your mu­sic to be heard and this hold mu­sic has def­i­nitely been heard by mil­lions.

‘It just made it so much worse at the end when it says “thank you for your pa­tience” af­ter mak­ing you sit through all of that – it just adds in­sult to in­jury.’

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