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Finding Music amid noise

My spouse once tried some app which could recognize music after the app “heard” the music for a few seconds. Well, it did fail sometimes. But, when it could recognize the track (show the title and the singer of the track) especially an unfamiliar song, it (the app) wowed his audience. Shazam is one such popular app. The developers of Shazam built an algorithm that would create a unique acoustic fingerprint for each track. It is used by around 20 million users; music directors can use the captured data to find popular songs playing around the world and also upcoming/young talent. Music companies are increasingly becoming data-driven, and there are upsides and downsides of this trend.

Happy Blues

This one is a tribute to a Blues artist B. B. King. The writer, a guitarist himself, talks about how one could hear joy in his music.