Tuesday, December 06, 2005

i've been trumped again 

I've not-infrequently thought that it would be nice to be able to search for a tune on the web -- not by the name of the tune, but by the tune itself. but it seemed to me that describing a tune would have a bunch of difficulties. Even if you had notation for describing the pitch and duration of the notes you were thinking of [and making that user-friendly seemed to be no small task], how would you deal with a song being in the database in the key of C, but the searcher typing in their search tune in the key of D? Or the song being stored in 4/4 time, but the searcher typing it in in cut time? Sure it could all be translated on the fly, but I didn't think the resulting mess would work all that well.

now, i haven't played with this too much yet, but I seem to have been proved wrong: Musipedia. It's even got a piano interface to let you "play" the song you want to find -- or you can whistle if you've got a mic! (i wish i had a mic!)

it doesn't have pop songs in it yet, but i'm sure it will someday. in the meantime it can help with all those classical instrumental pieces that i recognize instantly but have no idea what the name is!

(pointed out by Sara)


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