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New Google App Feature Lets You Hum a Song to Search for It

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Google has added a new feature to its Search app that allows you to hum a song that's stuck in your head, and then use the company's machine learning algorithm to try and identify it.


In the Google app or using the Google Search widget, tap the mic icon and say "what's this song?" or click the "Search a song" button. Then start humming the tune for 10-15 seconds. When you're done, the Google app returns results showing the most likely options based on the tune.

Then you can select the best match and explore information on the song and artist, view any accompanying music videos or listen to the song on your favorite music app, find the lyrics, read analysis and check out other recordings of the song when available.

You can also whistle or sing the tune, and the app will use its machine learning models to "transform the audio into a number-based sequence representing the song's melody," which it then compares to existing songs.

Google says it trains the models on sources including humans singing, whistling or humming, as well as audio recordings, ignoring things like instruments and vocal quality to zone in on the numeric sequence. You don't need to use perfect pitch for it to work, and the results were impressively accurate in our tests, so if you have a frustrating brain worm that you just can't identify, this is the easiest way to put you out of your misery.


The feature is currently only available in English on iOS, but Google says it hopes to expand it to more languages in the future.

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Modimi or whatever it was called used have a feature like this, and then soundhound bought them out about 6 or 8 years ago and messed up the app. The feature doesn't seem to work as well as it used, but maybe that's my rose tinted memory. I just seem to recall it being more accurate. Hmm..
 
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You mean: " Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" ?

Sorry I don't know that one. I actually much prefer " Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" as the chorus has a nicer beat :)

Seriously I tried it with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and it got that.
Also "Bad Guy" from Billie Eilish it got right with my humming.
It was not able to recognise the into theme to the UK's Top Of The Pops show in the 1970's
Which I'd say is VERY recognisable


Perhaps it's more modern/american based?
 
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It was not able to recognise the into theme to the UK's Top Of The Pops show in the 1970's
Which I'd say is VERY recognisable
That’s likely because it’s not the original recording from Led Zeplin, but an edit.
 

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When it comes to Google (or Facebook) no hat is too tight. Adjust your hat to you own peril.
Or Apple. People seem to forget about Apple.



 

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Will someone PLEASE use this to hum Sandstorm by Darude? And let me know if it works :)

It’d probably work fine - that’s a pretty distinct song. It has no lyrics so it’s dependent on the melody being unique.

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Soundhound did this forever ago.

What I’ve always wanted is an app where you hum to it, and then it doesn’t just identify the song, but it starts playing the song, fading in in sync with exactly where you are. This would be a magical feeling party trick - movies and TV shows have done it many times so it’s not like it’s an original thought on my part - I’m just surprised nobody has done it yet.
 

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You mean: " Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" ?

Sorry I don't know that one. I actually much prefer " Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" as the chorus has a nicer beat :)

Seriously I tried it with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and it got that.
Also "Bad Guy" from Billie Eilish it got right with my humming.
It was not able to recognise the into theme to the UK's Top Of The Pops show in the 1970's
Which I'd say is VERY recognisable


Perhaps it's more modern/american based?

I suppose the service has been trained by ML and it definitely has an American bias,
this was a very popular show in Mexico in the 80ies, anyone older than 20 knows it because of reruns, it didnt get it:


The song is Quartz 12 by Quartz
 
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Piggie

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Will someone PLEASE use this to hum Sandstorm by Darude? And let me know if it works :)

I finally managed to get it to work.
It's a dam hard song to do with your mouth due to the speed.
Humming it is a non starter, and whistling likewise.

I managed to get it to guess the right song by kinda singing, da da da da, da da da da, da, da, da, da, da, da etc, and it got it finally.
 
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