Wake Me up...
... when there's an App that recognises a song when I hum it.
(The "what's this tune going round in my head" app.)
Three of the world's biggest record labels have clubbed together to invest in London-based name-that-tune firm Shazam. Access Industries, the company which owns Warner Music Group, and Universal Music Group owners Vivendi have teamed up with Sony Music Entertainment to each take a rumoured $3m stake in Shazam. Recent …
SoundHound claims it can do this...but given how atrocious most people are at humming, I can only assume it uses some kind of witchcraft to show any kind of accuracy.
(goes and tests)
Apparently, I was either humming Celine Dion's classic My Heart Will Go On, or the equally classic 'N Sync number, Tearing Up My Heart. Go figure.
I have tried Shazam and been impressed when it samples from the radio.
However, I am a musician and can "riff out" a great number of things on guitar/keyboard etc... and it will not recognised it.
Someone mentioned an app that can do humming?
Perhaps it is the engineer in me, but I see Fourier transform patterns for given songs! I think Led Zeppelins "Communication Breakdown" might well sound as it looks (what's the word for that?).
Ahh then I remember Godel, Esher and Back by D. Hoffstader , and think we've been here before.
Man, this is good coffee....
hence my comment about Fourier transforms...my "riffs" are molecular motions, the ones on the maple are possibly more fun ;-)
I haven't tried Shazam for a year, so perhaps they have sorted the non-autotune warblers...
And then we have "muscial aliasing" i.e. some songs just use the same notes....
Tried Shazam a couple of times. The first time was in the early days when it failed to recognise anything I played it (stuff like Throbbing Gristle, Einsturzende Neubaten and The Jesus And Mary Chain). Tried it again last week in the hope that it would recognise a song from a YouTube compilation that had no track listing. It failed again, so I retried Throbbing Gristle and that still failed as well.
Always been fond of Shazam. A simple idea, probably borne of that same pub-trivia frustration in which I usually found myself using it, and done impressively well from the outset.
Back before the "app revolution" (don't get me started) I was taken with someone making simple but ingenious use of a mobile phone's unique features (well, audio comms + SMS).
Being that the number was 2580 (IIRC), apart from being easy to remember, it also may have been one of the earliest examples of a "gesture interface" on a mobile device: just swipe your finger down the middle of the keypad.
(Oblig. disclaimer: Yes, I realise "apps" were not invented by FruityCo - pretend you're one of the 99% who don't)
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