Search for music with your voice

An intriguing idea, but overall, Midomi is way too much work

Grab your microphone and hum a tune. It sounds like the start of a bad joke, but Midomi is a search engine that purports to find music by having you sing, hum, or, if you have the wherewithal, strum a guitar or blow into a trombone. You can also search by typing in the name of the song or artist, but that's oh-so-boring...

Start humming

I started by clearing my throat and humming Dave Brubeck's "Take Five." The best they could come up with was "House of Bourbon" and Madonna's "Santa Baby." I got no better results whistling the tune. I thought it might be a problem at my end, but whistling after drinking a Sierra Nevada didn't help, either.

I had better luck with "Amazing Grace," the song Midomi uses in their video demo. I found "Amazing Grace" along with a few others, including "The Restroom Door Said, 'Gentleman'" (nope, I'm not kidding) and "Put On a Happy Face" from Bye Bye Birdie. About the only tune they missed was the theme from "It's a Small World." (I'll bet you're stuck humming that now, too, right?)

Overall, it's way too much work, but the idea is certainly intriguing. And it's a great site to blog about.

A better bet: Free jazz radio

Instead of humming, you can listen to straight ahead, pure jazz, including Brubeck's "Take 5." Stop by my radio station at LaLa. I just added five hours (for a total of ten) with new songs by Kenny Burrell, Charles Mingus, Clifford Brown, Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, and other jazz artists. It's totally free with nothing to download. Get to my station here.

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