Archive for April 22nd, 2012

Reverse Music Search: How to search for a song or a piece of music that you do not know?

Have you ever heard an untitled song or a piece of music on your computer or on the internet and wanted to know who is the author of it?

Someone might suggest searching for the song using its lyrics. This is a good suggestion. However, what if the song  is in a foreign language? Moreover, a piece of music, like a symphony for example,  does not have lyrics in the first place so that you can google them.

How can you locate this bloody song or music then?

Well, a certain number of years ago, this was surely technologically impossible. The only way was to let a person who happens to be an expert in songs or symphonies listen… then tell you the answer; if he knows!

Nowadays, an internet website can do this job. You only need to play the song or the music, or more amazingly, “search by your voice by singing or humming” and the site will do the job.

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Isn’t this amazing?

Personally, I have tried to locate a piece of music that was played during my high school graduation 6 years ago. For 6 years, I didn’t know the name of that music. Within seconds after using the service of this site, it turned out to be a “The Mass” by “Era”. I tried the website multiple times to locate about a couple of songs and symphonies I have been looking for their authors since years, I was successful in almost all of my trials. The URL of this amazing website is: www.midomi.com

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How does it work?

1. Play the music on your compute or on the internet. If you have a microphone, you can sing or hum using it. However, I haven’t tried this. I just modifed “Adobe Flash Player Setting” in the website so that the source of recording would be the what is played. See the follwing steps. Skip these steps and move to step 2 if you simply want to “sing or hum”.

A. Select “Click and Sing or Hum”

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B. Select “Deny”

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C. Click on “Microphone Settings”

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D. Select the microphone icon then choose your audio device from the drop down menu seen below. Next, select close.

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E. Refresh the website and proceede to the next step.

 

2. In the main page of the website, click on “Click and Sing or Hum”.

3. Select “Allow” from the box that appeared after the previous step.

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4. The site will then start recording.

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5. After approximately 10 seconds, the site will stop recording, start recording, and finally show the search results.

 

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Magic! Isn’t it!

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This website is not famous. Here are its visitors statistics according to Alexa.com:

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If google or yahoo or whatever other famous company started providing a similar service, then such a service would probably be a simple thing in the future just like “Reverse Image Search” is nowadays!