Software Tech giant Google has come up with a delightful feature for its search engine that will now allow you to hum a part of a track and the search will shortlist some of the possible soundtracks for you that you are not able to recall. The new “hum to search” by Google is now available on the Google App and mobile devices as well as the Google Search widget.
Announcing the new machine learning music search feature Google via its blog post said, “Do you know that song that goes, “da daaaa da da daaaa na naa naa ooohh yeah”? Or the one that starts with the guitar chords going, “da na na naa”? We all know how frustrating it is when you can’t remember the name of a song or any of the words but the tune is stuck in your head. Today at Search On, we announced that Google can now help you figure it out—no lyrics, artist name or perfect pitch required.”
Google has started rolling out the “hum to search” and now the users can search for a song that cannot recall or have forgotten the lyrics by humming, whistling or singing a melody to Google on your mobile device. The feature is available on the latest version of the Google app or find your Google Search widget.
To search for a song, tap the mic icon and say “what’s this song?” or click the “Search a song” button. After doing this start humming for 10-15 seconds. Whereas on Google Assistant just say “Hey Google, what’s this song?” and then hum the tune. When you are done with humming, Google’s machine learning algorithm will allow it to identify potential song matches.
“ And don’t worry, you don’t need perfect pitch to use this feature. We’ll show you the most likely options based on the tune,” the blog post notes. The users will be able to 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 even check out other recordings of the song when available. As per the search giant when you hum a melody into search the machine learning models transform the audio into a number-based sequence representing the song’s melody. Our models are trained to identify songs based on a variety of sources, including humans singing, whistling or humming, as well as studio recordings. In addition to this, the algorithms also use the other details, like accompanying instruments and the voice’s timbre and tone.
“We compare these sequences to thousands of songs from around the world and identify potential matches in real-time. For example, if you listen to Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey,” you’ll recognize the song whether it was sung, whistled, or hummed. Similarly, our machine learning models recognize the melody of the studio-recorded version of the song, which we can use to match it with a person’s hummed audio.”
According to Google, the feature is currently available in English on iOS, and in more than 20 languages on Android and the company promises to expand this to more languages in the future.
“So next time you can’t remember the name of some catchy song you heard on the radio or that classic jam your parents love, just start humming. You’ll have your answer in record time,” the blog post said”
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