LA-based Composer Sam Hulick

Award winning composer Sam Hulick, famed for his music scores in top tier gaming titles like Mass Effect, has released a set of alternative start-up sounds for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

The self-confessed fan of Ubuntu spoke of his intentions to create the musical riffs back in September, 2013, and was approached by Canonical shortly after to contribute a ringtone to Ubuntu for Phones.

Hulick’s melodic start-up sound is called “It’s a Newbuntu”, while the replacement for the triple drumbeat sound that trills on the login screen is simply titled “Ready”.

You can listen to the former in the player below.

Download & Enable Startup Sounds

Sadly for most of us Canonical has not okayed the sounds for inclusion in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

“The design team may incorporate them into a future patch and perhaps enable them by default. I’ll leave that up to them,” Hulick notes.

But don’t be downbeat; Hulick has made the files available to download under a Creative Commons license, and packaged them up with a handy installation script that automatically put the files where they need to be (albeit overwriting the default sounds, so be warned).

His script also enables system sounds, something Ubuntu disabled by default in the previous LTS.

To download the sounds and the installation script hit the button below. The sounds are offered under the Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license and are composed and produced by Sam Hulick. 

Download Sam Hulick Start-Up Sounds

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