The World of Sound Effects

When we started to develop our audio fingerprinting technology, we made sure it worked with every sound we recorded but we still had a way ahead to delve into its nuts and bolts and overcome some of the oddities of our industry. This leads us on to the fascinating world of sound effects. Some weeks…

Songs From the City

Elvis sings “home is where the heart is” and we may be Barcelona born but formed by twenty nationalities and set in twelve cities, our home is everywhere. This along with our chart addiction made us wonder which cities everyone is singing about and how we could measure it. We have the curiosity, the tools…

BMAT’s Melody Identification – Part 2: Running Out of Melodies

See Part 1 – Music and Language. The long awaited second part is here. No matter how you represent a melody, as long as the representation uses limited and quantised metrics – like a music score over a certain number of bars does – the number of possible melodies is finite. Despite infinite expression nuances…

BMAT’s Melody Identification – Part 1: Music and Language

See Part 2 – Running Out of Melodies Years ago we investigated whether language and music were the same. In the process, we found out that the universe of tunes behaves as a social network and that western popular music might be running out of unique melodies. Men sang before they talked. Apparently, our innate…