Get attuned
April 13, 2004 6:33 PM   Subscribe

Know a tune, but can't identify it? Melodyhound should help. Whistle the tune, record it, and their database can help match it. Can't whistle? No problem. Figure out the Parsons Code directly for the melody, and it will match that.
posted by Gyan (8 comments total)
My apologies. This has been linked before. I went to Google and did a "name-this-tune". No results. Wonder why it didn't pick up this post.
posted by Gyan at 6:36 PM on April 13, 2004

See also, Shazam: type in a short code on your mobile (if you live in the UK) and point it at loud music.
posted by donovan at 6:59 PM on April 13, 2004

Nice link, donovan. Ah, some redemption for this thread. It seems Google doesn't do substring search like Metafilter's internal search.
posted by Gyan at 7:08 PM on April 13, 2004

Thanks Gyan, I hadn't seen this before. Much easier than using Barlow & Morgenstern!
posted by cbrody at 8:40 PM on April 13, 2004

You're not a true member of the Metafilter community until someone double-posts one of your posts.

Still, a very useful site. My only quibble is that it doesn't show you the actual music in the search results — just links to Amazon. ThemeFinder, on the other hand, doesn't have "close matches" and doesn't have that nifty microphone app. C'est la vie.
posted by Johnny Assay at 9:37 PM on April 13, 2004

thanks, i almost went crazy a little while ago trying to identify what turned out to be a cranberries song that somehow got lodged in my head :D at such times a service like this can be invaluable!
posted by kliuless at 11:19 PM on April 13, 2004

Wow! I remember once hauling a guy into my house who'd come to read the gas meter and playing him a song I'd just written, to see if he'd heard it before. He looked very bewildered indeed.

This is definitely easier than kidnapping officials of utility companies.
posted by Pericles at 5:13 AM on April 14, 2004

Sounds very valuable. I get tunes in my head, sometimes they're new, sometimes something I heard and semi-forgot. I've often wondered how do successful songwriters avoid inadvertently duplicating someone else's work?
posted by Goofyy at 2:00 PM on April 14, 2004

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