Shame and guilt continues for the man whose incessant 'marimba' ringtone prompted conductor Alan Gilbert to halt the performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 9 at the New York Philharmonic on Tuesday Night.

The incident in Lincoln Center has sparked much Internet controversy over the use of modern technology in live performances.

The culprit said he was a lifelong classical music lover and 20-year subscriber to the orchestra who was friendly with several of its members.

You can imagine how devastating it is to know you had a hand in that, said the man, who described himself as a business executive between 60 and 70 who runs two companies. It's horrible, horrible. The man said he had not slept in two days.

Alan Gilbert recently accepted an apology from the man the Philharmonic calls Patron X, according to the New York Times.