Thursday, April 16, 2009

BEDA Day 16: Melodyhound

A brief post after a long night:

When you get a chance, spend a few minutes at this charming site. offers the ability to search for music by melody. You can enter notes on their Flash keyboard, by MIDI keyboard, or even humming/singing it!

Searches return notated examples of melodies with titles and authors, or, if you search the web, a dazzling array of links to MIDI files found scattered online of the very piece you've sought!

They cover folk, popular, classical, national anthems, etc., and are getting more comprehensive by the day. They are a branch of Musipedia, the Open Music Encyclopedia (inspired by Wikipedia), so much of the content is user-created.

Also, the music engraving font is from Lilypond, an open source engraving tool used by many, including some working on Musopen's promising but fledgling Public Domain Music Theory Textbook (mentioned on my website). Be on the lookout for a future BEDA post about this great project.

Check it out!

1 comment:

  1. That's awesome! Thanks for talking about it. Once there was a site that would guess a song from rhythms you would tap with the spacebar, but it's gone now. Or maybe it's still around, but the last time I was there the database had been cleared or something ridiculous and it didn't work anymore.