Contribute to science… and hear new music!

I stumbled across a fun little music game today. And by participating, you’re actually helping to further technology’s understanding of music.

Here’s the info, straight from Last.fm:

For several years scientists have been trying to extract meaningful information about music directly from the audio data in a track. […] For a while researchers hoped that it would be fairly easy for a computer to analyze an audio track and transcribe it directly to sheet music notation, recognising instruments, voices, and all the notes they were playing.

This was quickly found to be a much harder problem than expected, and a new field of research grew out of the failure to conquer this challenge.

So basically, there have been some technological innovations geared to help automatically transcribe the audio into sheet music. The problem is, it’s hard to know if the new software is doing a decent job at the task. That’s where we come in.

Lend them your ears!

They’ll give you a short clip of a song, and you determine the tempo and tap out the beat.

It looks something like this:

The best part? You get to hear stuff you would normally never listen to… like this:

Nice, right?

So get to it. And let me know if you discover anything good.

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