Posted on 14. Nov, 2008 by The Gimcracker in Music
So THAT’S the name of this song! I heard it on a Simpsons episode. I didn’t know the name of the episode, so I had to search for “the Simpsons where they spoof The Perfect Storm”. I found out the name of the episode is The Wife Aquatic. Then I searched Google for “simpsons: the wife aquatic music” and found a blog about the episode. I had to search the comments to find out that the name of the song is Aquarium and it’s from Carnival of the Animals written by French romantic composer Camille Saint-Saens. Finally I went to Last.fm and found the song so I could listen to it. And now I present to you an embedded video of precisely this song. It starts at around :30.
This brings me to a prediction I have about the future of the Internet and search technology. Mark my words: soon every song ever created will be indexed front-to-back, and we will be able to hum a few consecutive notes of either the melody or harmony of any song, and our computer will immediately return every song that contains that sequence. The more you hum, the better your search results will be. It doesn’t matter what key you hum in, whether your pitch is on, or even if you hum the right melody.
And this will happen within the next 10 years.
Oh and also if you are saying to yourself “that’s easy, they can do that in the next 2 years, what’s so hard about that?” then you are technologically ignorant.
I found out that a song called Danse Macabre also came from Carnival of the Animals, which is another song that I have heard before but could never verify its provenance. Take a gander, I guarantee you’ve heard this at least once before. If you’ve seen Tombstone you have.
Jonathan, please bear with the rest of us non-musical people while we experience things you’ve known since you were 3.
You could have just *asked* me the name of the song, Brian.
But then we wouldn’t have this awesome post here. Also, I love your idea about computers with infinite song indexes…I think it will be a reality within the next 10 years. There are already books out there that index the first few notes of a motif and then show you what piece it’s from. (e.g., Beethoven’s 5th would be G G G E-flat)
But that is nothing compared to the convenience of simply humming into a computer. Wow. I can’t wait.
You’re like my own personal jukebox-encyclopedia of all things wise.
“do-do, do-do, do-do-do-do- BITCH!”
I’ve missed that. I really have.
You mean like this?
Or maybe like this?
…and that’s just off the top of my head…
Hey sweet, it finally exists! Seeing as how I wrote this post about 10 years ago, it’s perfect timing. Now I just have to test it when my coworkers aren’t around to see if it really works.
I would’ve known the Danse Macabre one. And how would I have known it? Because Mr. Stroh was my 4th grade teacher. He also taught me about bassoons and the voting process. I believe he was a Dukakis supporter.
Mr. Stroh was also my 4th grade teacher. I got to be a banker that year, along with the Gimcracker himself.