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Can’t name that song? Hum it into the computer with new technology.

In entertainment, music, News, science, technology, Uncategorized on August 15, 2007 at 2:32 pm

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Can’t name that song?

Don’t know anything about the artist?

You’re so pathetic, you don’t even know the words to the song, yet you still want to track it down so you can purchase it?

Never fear.

An Australian inventor has been working on the problem for a good decade.

The computer science expert from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology  has developed the technology that will enable you to hum a melody into a microphone attached to you’re computer, and the software program will instantly track down you’re song.

“The singing is stored in the computer as a wave form and then must be converted into note information before it can be matched against the music,” Inventor Dr Sandra Uitdenbogerd said.

“The converted fragment of recorded singing is compared with the note information extracted from the audio files in the online music collection that’s being searched.”

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Did you get all that?

I know I didn’t.

But what about the easy task of typing in the words to a song, and hunting down you’re favoured track that way?

Well the Dr Uitdenbogerd admits that is an easy option, but for all those idiots out there who don’t know jack about what words their song has in it; the new technology will do wonders.

“Obviously, there are songs that people will know the lyrics to and Googling the words will generate fast and accurate results,” Dr Uitdenbogerd said.

“However there are categories of music that cannot be searched using text as a method of retrieval.”

Currently, the technology can only search for simple MIDI files, but Dr Uitdenbogerd said MP3 compatible software would be her next goal.

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US Presidential election gets hot, sexy and a little more narcissistic.

In 2007, 2008, adult, American News, Bill Clinton, celebrity, Clinton, comedy, Crazy news, democrats, election 2008, entertainment, film, Hillary, Hillary Clinton, hollywood, hottie, Life, los angeles, love, model, music, new york, Obama, Odd News, party, People, politics, republicans, sex, Society, stunt, Swim wear, Taryn Southern, United States, USA, washington, Whitehouse, World News on July 12, 2007 at 3:58 am

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 The candidates.

US Presidential politcs is like, so hot right now.

First there was “Obama Girl”, a youtube hit from June, and now a former American Idol contestant and actress Taryn Southern, is looking for some cheap exposure; cashing in on election 2008 mania.

“Hot4Hill” is the latest video sweeping the internets, and it’s gotten saucey, with Taryn going for a girl on girl feel, professing her love for the Senator from New York, Hillary Clinton.

The story:

The full ‘Hot4Hill’ video:

“I’ve got a crush on Obama”

Scientists figure out why we hate/love Barbra Streisand.

In 2007, amazing story, American News, Art, australia, celebrity, civilisation, comedy, Crazy news, entertainment, hollywood, Humans, Humour, Life, music, Odd News, party, psychological, psychologist, science, Society, study, UK, USA on July 11, 2007 at 4:43 pm

 

Love it?

Or

Hate it?

An Australian researcher claims to have discovered why singers like Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow; make people (like me) feel either angry and irritated, or happy and uplifted, Australian Broadcasting Corp reports.

Dr Emery Schubert says he had a gut instinct aboeut why some people found some songs schmalzy, while others found the tunes uplifting and inspiring.

But he decided to find out for sure by studying people’s reactions to songs.

“We know, psychologically, that one of the things that makes people like music is simply familiarity,” Dr Schubert said.

“So if you know a piece of music well enough you will start to like it.

“You may well attribute it to the features of the music – something about the melody and the harmony and so forth, but we also do note there’s a psychological effect.

“The other issue that [I was] interested in [was] the emotional effect.

“The new research that’s just come out is identifying a new measure, a new feature. Basically it comes down to this – if you can measure the emotion that a piece of music is trying to convey, and if you rate that by the particular listener, you [can] also measure the emotion that the listener is experiencing as a result of listening, and you take the difference of those two you get what’s called the ‘Differential Affect Gap’.

“The bigger that gap is – so, for example, if the piece of music expresses a lot of emotion but you are left unmoved by it, it’s a big Differential Affect Gap.

“What seems to happen is that when that’s big, people don’t like the music as much. When the two measures are connected, if they’re congruent between the expressed emotion and the felt emotion, people tend to like the piece more.”

Stinking rich Arab businessman shouts everyone a wedding!

In Africa, civilisation, crazy, Crazy news, Economy, kiss, Life, love, music, Odd News, party, People, photography, Places, politics, Society, wedding, World News on June 30, 2007 at 4:21 am

   Everyone loves a mass wedding!

A wealthy Arab businessman has treated 13 couples from the tiny African nation of Djibouti to a free wedding. Why not!?

The couples were chosen from hundreds who replied to an advert seen on TV, radio and in print, offering the all expenses payed mass ceremony.

In order to qulify couples had to “be Djiboutian, be a love match, one of them had to have a job, and had to demonstrate they had enough money to bring up a young family.”

“I am very excited, and I hope to have sons and daughters from my marriage,” Amina Omar Aden, one of the 30 brides all dressed in white gowns, said.

“I am very happy, because it is the 30th anniversary of our country and we are marrying. Ibrahim Loita has helped us so much,” Ibrahim Dhaban Hufane a bridegroom from the Arte region told the BBC.

Dubai businessman Sheikh Ibrahim Said Ahmed Loita paid for clothes, hotel party and accommodation and the dowry of $400 given to each bride and an undisclosed amount to her family.

The mass wedding was even attended by the nations (dictator) President and First Lady.

The former French colony is celebrating 30 years of independence this year.

Djibouti is one of the poorest nations in the world.

 Djibouti slum.