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Mozart = "Taquila Makes Her Cloths Fall Off" ???

Posted at 5:57 PM on May 22, 2006 by John Birge (7 Comments)

"Ever have a song stuck in your head, but canít remember what itís called, or even who sang it? If you at least know how it goes, try this astonishing Web site, suggested to me by a reader: Itís SongTapper.com. Basically, you tap your Space bar in the rhythm of the melody notesĖĒLu-cy in the sky-yyyy, with di-i-a-mondsĒ or whateverĖand, incredibly, the site guesses which song you meant. In my very few tries, it did amazingly well. (It also offers a link to the iTunes music store so you can hear 30 seconds of the actual song for free, to confirm its wisdom.) "

I can't remember where I found this yesterday, but it's pretty, uh, interesting. When I tapped in the opening of Eine kleine Nachtmusik, here's the music that songtapper.com guessed. Number 3 is actually correct, but number 2 is especially intriguing (who knew?):

Mozart Turkish March
Taquila Makes Her Cloths Fall Off
Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusic
Kaiser Chiefs Every Day I Love You Less And Less
Rossini William Tell Overture
Blind Melon No Rain
Lavalee/Weir O Canada
James Brown I Feel Good
Frankie Goes To Hollywood Two Tribes

Okay, your turn. Try songtapper.com, and post your findings here at Comparing Notes, so everyone knows how you did. Humor encouraged.

Comments (7)

Wow! I play this game all the time! It guessed a couple of older songs correctly, such as "Oh My Darlin' Clementine" and "Home, Home on the Range". It faultered on a couple of more contemporary songs, and inexplicably returned "Pour Elise" (sic) on almost every attempt. I did do my part to add each song that it didn't guess correctly. Hopefully this benefits the small section of humanity that can't remember that Jane's Addiction wrote "Stop".

Posted by John | May 24, 2006 3:49 PM

Back in elementary school, my big sis and I shared not only a room but a queen-sized bed. (I was one of six kids, what can I say?) After lights-out, we often played what we cleverly called "The Knock-Knock Game." One of us would knock out(on the headboard) the rhythm to Gilligan's Island or the Brady Bunch or somesuch and make the other guess.

Karen could always get the Brady Bunch after "Here's the story..." but Songtapper needed to hear the verses about the lovely lady AND the man named Brady before it offered up the Brady Bunch as a suggestion.

I'm curious: does everyone just "test" Songtapper with tunes they already know, or has someone actually solved a mystery with it?

Posted by Valerie Kahler | May 25, 2006 12:14 AM

The first live orchestral concert I attended was with my then-boyfriend while I was in college.
As the Boston Symphony began Mozart's Symphony #40,
he whispered in my ear: Take a bath, take a bath, in a bathtub.. you-ou know you-ou rea-a-ly sho-ould.
That was all I could think of for the entire first movement!

I tried this out at song tapper, and on the second try, it found the 40th symphony and offered to find the lyrics for me!

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