The piece aptly named 'My Neighbor's Car Alarm' layers piano over a loud honking noise in the distance.
We can make a 500-part series on why we find our sweet neighbors incredibly annoying. We have faced it all from our neighbors—babies shrieking loudly, pets barking in the middle of the night, blasting music at odd moments, car alarms crossing 5000 hertz, etc. Some of them make us want to nominate them for the Guinness World Record for generating the most noise pollution.
But can something pleasant enough come out of this? Tonny Ann, a Toronto-based pianist certainly has some ideas. He used his neighbor's irritatingly loud and relentless car alarm as inspiration for a beautiful piano ballad. He created a composition aptly titled My Neighbor's Car Alarm, which layers piano over a loud honking in the distance.
The video of the piece gained over 1 million views on YouTube and more than 300000 likes on Instagram. In the recorded clip, Ann is outside, facing some nearby buildings while playing his keyboard. Ann's hands take off on the keyboard after the car horn blares a few times, flying into a transportive composition that completely changes the experience of the previously unwelcome sound. He also adds multiple layers of piano to the piece to add depth.
He also composed a piece based on the iPhone alarm sound, captioning it "iPhone alarm as a piano ballad." This guy can probably make anything sound good. His creations sound like they could be put on the loop for 13 hours and we wouldn't mind. He has definitely gained a fan here. Many of us would readily change our iPhone ringtone to this beautiful ballad.
People in Instagram comments couldn't help but appreciate the car alarm melody and the inspiration behind its making. "Brilliant - a metaphor on how to deal with life’s stressors," wrote @victoria.lifeispoetry. "My neighbor's car alarm goes off all the time. Good anger management progression" commented @eliude.
"Way to turn a frustrating situation into inspiration. But seriously tho, did the neighbor die or are they just deaf? That was going off for a minute," pointed out @nicolearod. "You would hate for the alarm to suddenly stop whilst you're playing piece... like why now? The one time!" joked @lizlearnsserbian. "Please be my neighbor," requested @chubbymonkeys.
Viewers on YouTube were completely in tune with the three-minute rhythm. "I love that this must be a frequent enough occurrence for you to have both the time and motivation to make an entire song for a car alarm," noted @Connor Bryant. "I will forever now think of this whenever I hear a car alarm. Thank you for healing that tortured corner of my mind," added @Aubry Hylton. "I hope this was played with really loud speakers, so all the apartments can hear what an amazing job you did turning an annoyance into a masterpiece," suggested @Blazing Shadows.
Ann's unique concept even inspired other artists. Deelen Bhatti, a fellow Toronto-based musician, heard My Neighbor's Car Alarm and decided to contribute his own percussion instruments to the composition.
In his version, he plays his drum set over the gentle piano, fusing three rhythms: the car alarm, Ann's piano, and his drums, into one astounding soundtrack. Now that's sure a harmonious way to deal with a noisy neighbor's car alarm sound but we do hope it doesn't encourage our neighbors to get noisier.