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The Open Music Encyclopedia

Welcome to Musipedia! Inspired by, but not affiliated with Wikipedia, we are building a searchable, editable, and expandable collection of tunes, melodies, and musical themes.

Every entry can be edited by anybody. An entry can contain a bit of sheet music, a MIDI file, textual information about the work and the composer, and last but not least the Parsons Code, a rough description of the melodic contour.

Name that Tune

Musipedia uses the "Melodyhound" melody search engine. You can find and identify a tune even if the melody is all you know. You can play it on a piano keyboard, whistle it to the computer, simply tap the rhythm on the computer keyboard or use the Parsons code.

Contributors

Rainer Typke started this website and is running it, but there are many more people whose contributions are important:

  • The registered members who edit and add melodies,
  • Agatha Walczak-Typke created the logos,
  • 常俊莹 (Chang Junying) helped with the translation to Chinese,
  • Guillaume Fallet did the French translation and contributed many ideas on how to make the website more user-friendly,
  • Scott Schiller published the "Sound Manager", which is used for the Javascript keyboard,
  • Michael Schierl greatly improved the keyboard on the main page by adding, among other things, a cursor and the computer keyboard mode,
  • the authors of open source software that is integrated into Musipedia: the Lilypond music typesetter (by Han-Wen Nienhuys and others), the Typo3 content management system, the MySQL database and others.
  • The Javascript keyboard uses samples by Freesound user angstrom which are licensed under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 License.

References

A bit more information can be found in the Wikipedia article about Musipedia.

For technical details of how the melody search works, see Rainer's publications.